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Red 2
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Dec 6, 2013 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Dean Parisot

Actors:
Bruce Willis
Mary-Louise Parker
John Malkovich

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Frank Moses (Willis) comes out of retirement to team up with former associates and track down a powerful nuclear device
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is enjoying his latest retirement with his wife Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker). The biggest issue they face every day isnt the threat of danger or being taken hostage, but what theyll be having for dinner. All that changes when theyre approached by Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich). Frank, you havent killed anybody in months.

Soon after, Frank is being interrogated about something called Operation Nightshade and dodging a collection of villains, including assassin Victoria Winslow (Helen Mirren) and hired killer known as The Da Vinci of Death (Byung Hun Lee). Add to them a mad scientist (Anthony Hopkins) and the presence of Franks former lover (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and its a wonder how Frank, Sarah and Marvin can catch their breath.

The idea of seeing the likes of Willis, Parker, Malkovich, Mirren, and Morgan Freeman on the big screen together was enticing a couple of years ago. Now, its just a rehash, even with the notable additions of Zeta-Jones and Hopkins. The first time around, the viewer got the impression that the stars signed on because they thought it might be fun to shoot an actioner with each other; as a result, Red was an enjoyable and amusing effort. With Red 2, it just seems like the cast (even the newbies) agreed because of the paycheck; the result here is an overcrowded and thin attempt to milk more from the $200 million-worth of people worldwide that saw the first.

Thats not to say Red 2 doesnt have its moments. Like its 2010 predecessor, it has a good sense of humor about it, courtesy of the screenplay by the brother team of Jon and Erich Hoebner (who adapted Warren Ellis and Cully Hamners graphic novel), as well as fine timing from much of the cast.

This sequel is directed by Dean Parisot (replacing Robert Schwentke), who knows what fans of the original want: both action sequences that wont try too hard to push them to the edge of their seats and what the poster hypes: John McClane, the mother from Weeds, that bald fellow who uses Siri, and Queen Elizabeth II exchanging quips and gunfire.

THE EXTRAS
The Red 2 Experience (34:41) houses four standard featurettes: The Cast, The Weapons, The Spy Gear and Tactics, and The Stunts.

Deleted Scenes (4:27): There are five short clips collected here featuring more Frank, Marvin and company.

Gag Reel (4:24) shows various cast members flubbing their lines and goofing around.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
While the first Red gave the impression that the starsBruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, etc.wanted to make an action movie with each other, this sequel just feels like everyone is pressing their luck and seeking another payday. Special features include a documentary and deleted scenes.
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7:18AM on 12/06/2013
It's a pity this one turned out so mediocre because the first film was, unexpectedly, one of my favourites of 2010. It's even more of a let down considering Dean Parisot, the director of the superb Galaxy Quest, was behind Red 2. I think they spent way too much time on Mary Louise-Parker's subplot, didn't let John Malkovich be as crazy as he needed to (he was the voice of reason somehow) and didn't use Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins to their full potentials. I don't think it's
It's a pity this one turned out so mediocre because the first film was, unexpectedly, one of my favourites of 2010. It's even more of a let down considering Dean Parisot, the director of the superb Galaxy Quest, was behind Red 2. I think they spent way too much time on Mary Louise-Parker's subplot, didn't let John Malkovich be as crazy as he needed to (he was the voice of reason somehow) and didn't use Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins to their full potentials. I don't think it's horrible, just meh.
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