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.
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.
Excerpt: Perhaps future pop-culture historians will be able to understand the root cause of the Old People Craze Of 2010, a still-unexplained nationwide epidemic of gerontomania that put Betty White on Saturday Night Live , made Tavi Gevinson dye her hair gray, and turned The Expendables into a viable blockbuster model, kicking off a cycle of past-their-prime action vehicles that will continue into the foreseeable future.
Summary: It couldn’t be, could it? A sequel that surpasses the original? The Retired and Extremely Dangerous crew are back – well, most of them – and this time they’re older, wiser and funnier. So is the film. Loosely adapted from Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner’s graphic novel, Red 2 has a better story, punchier action scenes and a wittier script.
Summary: RED 2 (2013) is het vervolg op de succesvolle actiekomedie uit 2010, wederom met Bruce Willis, John Malkovich en Helen Mirren. De tweede keer blijken de avonturen van de gepensioneerde spionnen een stuk minder sterk dan de vorige. Aan de cast ligt het niet, maar qua plot, actie en humor komt het allemaal niet echt lekker uit de verf.
Conclusion: Actionkomedien Red fra 2010 var en festfilm. Ikke bare hadde den en herlig balanse mellom action og komedie som gjorde at man satt og lo gjennom så å si hele filmen, den hadde også samlet en gjeng skuespillere av den eldre garde som virkelig så ut til å kose seg på settet. Sånn sett var den ikke helt ulik The Expendables, bortsett fra at Red hadde langt høyere kvalitet. Spørsmålet er om Red var god nok til at det rettferdiggjør en oppfølger.