Red 2

red2 RED 2 is the follow up to the fairly average but well received 2010 film RED. For those not in the know RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous) is a comic book series created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, and published by DC Comics.

The film follows on with the exploits of Frank (Willis) his friend Marvin (Malkovich) and his danger hound girlfriend Sarah, played by Mary-Louise Parker. With supporting cast members Helen Mirren, Brian Cox (the actor), Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta Jones there is no shortage of acting ability on show.

So you have a popular first franchise outing, an able sequel cast and a semi-popular comic book series to use as inspiration, what could go wrong? Well in truth, a bit but not a lot. There’s just something a little lacking in the film, it’s all a bit auto pilot from a cast that deserves a little more to work with. Obviously this is not serious story telling; it’s an obvious payday for everyone involved and that brings with it a certain lack of dramatic effort.

You can’t really fault any performances, they are what they are. Willis however should be looking for other roles to challenge him. His Sixth Sense work showed what a talented actor he can be but he has basically been playing the same character in his last 10 movies. I do wonder if his repetitive film making is boring him as much as the press interviews he does do. The film’s not without its charm though. It has a few decent scenes with Hopkins, a few jokes and some good flowing action. There are plenty of locations, fast paced storytelling and some decent one liners.

This films a no brainer. Its entertainment in the form of almost two hours of guns, lines, rapid MI6/CIA/KGB storytelling and glamorous worldwide locations. It’ll never win an Oscar but it’s an OK way to spend your cinema time. It’s not that good, but it’s by no means that bad.



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