“There is nothing more sexy in the world than a beautiful woman with an incredible gun.”
Red 2 picks up where the original comic book inspired romp left off and pretty much continues with the same level of insanity, humor, over the top action.
Red 2 has a slightly different style than the first but the overall feel is the same. R.E.D. (Retired, Extremely Dangerous) CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is trying to adjust to non-covert ops life with the woman he loves, Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker). Part of the problem is that Sarah yearns for the adrenaline filled lifestyle Frank introduced her to in the first film, where Frank is only concerned for protecting Sarah from that kind of chaos. The other part of the problem is that just about every intelligence agency on Earth is out to kill Frank…and he doesn’t exactly know why. Joining him again is the unstable Marvin (John Malkovich), the deadly Victoria (Helen Mirren), and the Russian with torn loyalties Ivan (Brian Cox) as well as a few new others.
There is no depth to this film, and that’s okay. This movie is just funny, witty, and two hours of highly enjoyable entertainment.
Marvin: If there’s one thing I love, it’s women and covert ops.
Frank: That’s two things.
Han: No, grasshopper. It is not.
If there are any complaints about this is that it did rehash a few of the jokes from the last time…but the conspiracy makes a little more sense than it did the last time so I think it’s a draw on that level. I would say that it was nice that they added in the appearance of character development to prevent the characters from becoming stale (yeah it’s not hideously deep character development, when you’re taking relationship advice form LSD high John Malkovich how deep are your problems, really?)
Overall Grade B++ (I just can’t quite bring myself to give it an A but it is a GREAT action comedy)