Former CIA black-ops agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and his old partner, Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich), are caught in the grip of retirement -- but that soon changes when a powerful Cold War weapon known as Nightshade resurfaces decades after its disappearance. With assassins hot on their trail, Frank and his team set out to find the one scientist (Anthony Hopkins) who can unravel the mystery of Nightshade and help them save themselves -- and the world.
Release Date: July 19, 2013
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This movie presents an interesting problem for me personally. It's extremely violent, which I don't appreciate, but at the same time it's hilarious and action packed, which I do appreciate.
From an entertainment perspective this movie is worth seeing and will most likely make you laugh, and laugh hard at that. The gun violence in this movie is worse that many other movies I've seen, including rated R films. I'm a bit torn inside because naturally I don't want to support gun violence (aka senseless killing) like that portrayed in this movie. It actually makes me kind of sick thinking about how much killing there is. However, the humor, characters, twists, and story combine in effort to downplay the violence in such a way that you like the movie for those reasons and they overshadow the killing.
I guess for my style I'll have to deem it as a "guilty pleasure." Parents should know there is moderate sexual content, moderate swearing, but A LOT of violence with guns and hand to hand combat.
This movie makes the content in this article regarding gun violence in movies/a> seem much more credible to me.December 17th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
In my opinion, Red 2 is better than its predecessor. You get a lot of the same quirky humor with John Malkovich being his wondrous self, and returning a large cast of characters from the original. It was totally unrealistic, with things blowing up all over, yet it was wildly entertaining.
Parent's note: There is plenty of violence and some profanity in this film. Though most of the violence is gory, there is quite a bit of it. That's why I suggest to keep the young ones away from this.December 6th, 2013 · Details
If you love action and silliness, Red 2 is your ticket to happiness. Willis and the gang are fun to watch, and the escapes, plots, and plans are wonderfully over-the-top in an “Oh, No, They Didn’t!” sort of way. This isn’t The Expendables, which is a good thing because the wit and action is a notch above that movie in just about every way... See Full ReviewDecember 3rd, 2013 · Details
I liked the first one a lot better. This one had me dozing off throughout the movie. Wait till redbox.July 29th, 2013 · Details
My wife and I watched this film at the Drive-In and loved every minute of it. I'm not a professional critic, nor do I pretend to be one. We simply watch movies for entertainment. If we have this in common, then I really believe that you will find this movie to be both humorous and full of great action scenes! I loved part two just as much as I did the first one.
Red 2 is one of those sequels that's easier to follow if you've seen the original but more entertaining if you haven't.
Derivative and more bombastic than its 2010 predecessor, which was a minor hit at $90 million, the follow-up lacks the novelty of the first, and the visual punch line of geezers with guns can get old fast.
Still, when polished action is mixed with a cast that includes Oscar winners such as Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins, the result is passable summer entertainment ‚Äî an Expendables with people who can act... See Full Review
This is a thoroughly entertaining, and action packed movie. Just sit back, and relax, and enjoy the movie, but don't try to make too much sense out of what is happening. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. I like Bruce Willis and John Malkovich, and I did enjoy the movie!
Aimed at a demographic that will find Willis‚Äô bald head beautiful and Mirren‚Äôs gray hair charming, Red 2 may be hard-pressed to lure teens into the theater. And that‚Äôs okay. While these actors (and their stunt people) do their best to convince viewers that aging CIA agents can hold their own on the frontlines of crime, most older audience members would do better to sit back and accept this film for what it is‚Äîgeriatric fantasy... See Full Review
All in all, RED 2 is an exciting, funny and surprisingly morally uplifting movie, but it‚Äôs definitely for mature audiences, so caution is advised, especially for younger children. Younger children, specifically pre-teenagers, may not relate to the plot, however, anyway, which involves some Cold War politics and other non-objectionable references only older audiences might understand... See Full Review
I know that this is a generous rating, but I was so pleased and surprised that this sequel hit all of the right notes that I came away somewhat euphoric.
Rarely is a follow-up better than its predecessor, but I firmly believe ‚ÄúRed 2‚Äù is a better movie than ‚ÄúRed.‚Äù... See Full Review
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The last time we saw John Malkovich in Red, he was wearing blonde braids and being pushed in a wooden cart through a field in Maldova with bombs going off all around him, while being chased by dozens of armed soldiers.
Red 2 reunites John Malkovich‚Äôs paranoid and retired CIA-Agent (Marvin) with his old partner, Frank Moses, played by Bruce Willis. You have to love a Hollywood movie where all of the stars are over 50. I watched the first installment of the 2010 sleeper hit Red this week to refresh my memory of the fun story and quirky characters in preparation for the sequel, and enjoyed it as much as I did the first time, but you don‚Äôt have to see it to still get a kick out of Red 2. You‚Äôll miss a few inside jokes and some relationship background, but you‚Äôll catch on quickly enough to enjoy the goofy action.
Although the original poster to advertise Red was actually red, it‚Äôs actually an acronym which stands for ‚ÄúRetired Extremely Dangerous‚Äù, a label some ‚Äúthumb sucker‚Äù used on a file when Frank and Marvin retired from the CIA. The color red is actually highlighted more in this second film, as well as a more comic-book feel. The campy 70‚Äôs music from the original is replaced with a more current twist, often using popular musical snippets to underscore comedic moments.
Red 2 opens in Costco, where Marvin and his girlfriend (Mary-Louise Parker) are shopping for giant bags of shrimp to take home to their quiet, boring life in the ‚Äòburbs. It doesn‚Äôt take long for bullets to start flying and a mysterious crime to call them into action.
The film is rated PG-13 for lots and lots of violence (mostly bloodless). It has it all: awesome explosions, car crashes in impressive chase scenes in Paris, tons of shooting with various weapons, hand-to-hand combat, and even a guy getting killed with a lethal origami bird. You‚Äôll hear some profanity in the heat of the moment, but no F-bombs. Oh, and lots and lots of kissing. Frank‚Äôs girlfriend often resorts to kissing the bad guys when she can‚Äôt think of anything else to do. She‚Äôs an enthusiastic accomplice, successfully donning short skirts during most of the movie, eagerly taking tactical tips from Marvin when Frank isn‚Äôt looking. It‚Äôs important to have fun activities to do together as a couple.
Speaking of Frank‚Äôs girlfriend (Sarah Ross) played by Mary-Louise Parker, I wish Hollywood actresses would stop messing with their faces and just age gracefully. I always admired Mary-Louise Parker for her feminine beauty before she had ‚Äúwork‚Äù done, including Botox which leaves her acting more reliant upon voice inflection than facial expression. She‚Äôs a terrific actress, also starring in this weekend‚Äôs arrival of R.I.P.D. directed by Robert Schwentke, who directed the first Red, but not the sequel. Marvin comments that she has something that neither he nor Frank have: people like her. And they do‚Ä¶in both Red 2 and R.I.P.D.
Frank‚Äôs romantic kryptonite is revealed in the ‚Äúdusky femme fatale‚Äù, Russian Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones). What happens in the Kremlin, stays in the Kremlin. I‚Äôll bet you didn‚Äôt know there was a Papa John‚Äôs right next door to Soviet headquarters, did you? The beloved Anthony Hopkins graces the screen as a brilliant scientist who can unlock the secrets to the ‚ÄúProject Nightshade‚Äù dilemma, but alas, he has been put under I.C.E. (Incarcerated Can‚Äôt Execute).
Helen Mirren‚Äôs character, MI6 agent Victor, offers relationship advice to Sarah and skillfully takes out enemies while looking fabulous the entire time. Marvin encourages Frank to run to emotional safety, explaining ‚ÄúI know one thing: women and covert ops.‚Äù Frank protests ‚ÄúBut that‚Äôs two things.‚Äù Marvin, in his great wisdom, opines ‚ÄúNo Grasshopper. It is not.‚Äù
As our favorite cool, yet deadly, retired agents all come together again, Han (Byung-hun Lee) appears in the least convenient times to put a hit on Frank. Their fights are pretty impressive, especially considering the age difference between the two.
My husband has a hard time enjoying movies that are completely implausible, and there are quite a few critics out there who are also annoyed by the film‚Äôs holes, but imagine the actors and director with their tongue firmly planted in their cheeks and you‚Äôll be entertained. By the way, Maldova gets a shout-out in the movie, and John Malkovich ends the movie wearing fruit on his head, dressed as a dancer in their next adventure in Caracas. Red 3?July 20th, 2013 · Details
It was a lot of fun the first time around to see an over-the-hill-gang take on a spy story with an all-star cast that included Oscar-winners Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and Richard Dreyfuss along with Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, and Mary-Louise Parker. It was a lot of fun. This one, not so much... See Full Review