Red 2 (2013)Wednesday, 18. September 2013
Director: Dean Parisot
Writer: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber
Based on: Warren Ellis‘ and Cully Hamner‘s comic
Sequel to: Red
Cast: Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Byung-hun Lee, Brian Cox, Catherine Zeta-Jones, David Thewlis, Neal McDonough, Titus Welliver
Frank (Bruce Willis) and Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) are starting to settle down. But Frank’s past, Sarah’s sense for adventure and Marvin (John Malkovich) make it pretty impossible for them to really live in peace. And so they soon find themselves hunting down what remains of Project Nightshade, a super-secret Cold War weapons project.
Red 2 was fun. Maybe not as much as the first one, but it gets pretty damn close. Great characters, nice dialogues and awesome performances.
There were a couple of things that kept this movie from being as good as the first film. For one, it is a little unfocused, plot-wise as much as locally. The other thing that bothered me a bit was that Frank was so extremely overprotective of Sarah. I mean, he certainly wasn’t unprotective of her in the first one, but in this one it’s taken to new levels and unnecessariyl so.
But at least Sarah doesn’t take any of that shit. And I loved how her actual character, her niceness was what made her strong. Yes, thank you, more of that please.
Apart from Frank’s overprotection the characters (and even Frank) were still wonderful and awesome and perfect. And the cast was perfectly chosen for their roles and all of them played their respective roles to perfection. It was lovely. Also, to file under things that make the world better: Helen Mirren and Byung-hun Lee teaming up and kicking ass.
The script, while still very funny, was a little unfocused, as I said, and pretty obvious – it would have been better to not have those twists at all. A little tightening here and there would have probably cleaned things up enough so that it would have been as good as the first one. But it was not that big of a difference. And at least Victoria got a last name, so that’s great.