Excerpt: In the bright, sharp, widescreen picture, contrast is excellent with both henchmen and heroes all dressing in the deepest black suits and outfits. The cliffs of Dover and Willis’ shirts are bright white, and there’s a broad range of shades set off with splashes of rich color like Catherine Zeta-Jones’ wine beret and the rich scarlet comic-book frames used to segue between sequences. Skintones are very natural and well variegated.
Conclusion: Red 2 was the sequel that should have trumped the first film. Yes, there are one or two scenes of coolness, wit, and fun. The majority of the film is very “empty” and somewhat dull. I’m not a fan of seeing Bruce Willis sleepwalk through a role, because he makes for a very entertaining action hero. The fact is when you have a supporting cast that’s having more fun than their lead you know something is amiss.
Excerpt: A few years ago I’d heard about a movie called Red . It starred Bruce Willis (among others) but since Bruce Willis is in every movie ever made, I didn’t see the immediate appeal. Flash forward a few years and I’d heard of a sequel, aptly-titled Red 2 , so I figured that I’d break out my copy of the original and give it a viewing. I loved it! It’s so nice to see John Malkovich embrace the true psycho that we all know he can be! Remember In the Line of Fire ?
Excerpt: The gang from the original Red return for another squirrelly misadventure with gunfire and biologically impossible physical shenanigans. Frank Moses (Bruce Willis, A Good Day to Die Hard ) is enjoying his retirement from the CIA, settling in with his incredibly annoying girlfriend (Mary Louise-Parker, Weeds ). But when government killers come knocking once more, he's again pressed into duty.
Excerpt: The Film Thanks to the $199 million haul of the 2010 action-comedy R ED , Summit Entertainment decided it was time to get the band back together. Armed with a slightly bigger budget and a slightly larger cast, RED 2 aims to recapture some of the magic and the mayhem. Based on the DC Comics graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, RED 2 has Bruce Willis playing Frank Moses, who is basically John McClane with less sass and more killing skills.
Pros: Actors: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Brian Cox, Neal McDonough, Director: Dean Parisot, Audio/Languages: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Spanish), Dolby Digital 2.0 (English), DVS 2.0 (English), Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Number of Discs: 2, Rating: PG-13, Studio: Summit Entertainment, Blu-ray Disc Release Date: November 2...
Conclusion: For those who are already familiar with the mythology around Red from the first film, it extends the core characters nicely and presents average character conflict nicely. But it tries to be too clever for itself and loses the viewer in the process, and it goes from semi-entertaining to tedious during some of its most vital parts. Technically, the disc is excellent though tends to lack a bit on the bonus material side of things.
Conclusion: 'Red 2' proves to be an improvement over the original film, but it still falls short of being a complete success thanks to overlong action sequences and a plot that is probably a little too complex for what should essentially be a comedy movie. Still, the cast is wonderful to watch play off each other, and fans of the first movie are sure to enjoy what they get in this sequel. Recommended.
Conclusion: Red 2 can't quite match the effortless ebullience of the first Red film, but it's still largely an enjoyable affair, even if it is a bit too insistent for its own good. The best parts of this film are when it isn't trying so hard, as in the great little throwaway bit with Mirren and the bathtub, or a later scene where Parker keeps repeatedly slapping a drugged and catatonic Willis.
Excerpt: Following a network of aging professional killers, Red 2 essentially weaponizes middle-aged malaise. Even though Frank (Bruce Willis) is enthusiastic to stock up on household niceties during the Costco shopping spree that opens the film, his girlfriend, Sarah (Mary Louise-Parker, doing her not entirely tapped-out Weeds routine), is starting to feel over-domesticated and bored with her erstwhile spy-hunter beau.
Summary: The plot makes just enough sense where you can forget about it and just enjoy the movie for what it’s intended for, that being lots of people shooting guns, cars spinning around, and people shooting guns from cars that are spinning around.