Monday 5 August 2013

RED 2 Movie Review!!!

Did this movie make us see red or does it get the green light? Read on to find out!!!

I remember enjoying the first RED movie but can’t really remember anything else about it.  It was a light hearted, enjoyable yet forgettable action-comedy that knew what it was and never tried to be anything more.  As a result, it was actually pretty fun and did pretty well.  Now we have RED 2 and it’s pretty much more of the same, that is to say that if you liked the original you will most likely enjoy this too.

Frank (Bruce Willis), a retired and extremely dangerous (RED) former CIA agent, is enjoying the quiet life with Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) until the world comes crashing down after them once again.  Turns out that Frank and Marvin (John Malkovich) may have been involved in a top secret government project concerning a nuclear weapon many many years ago and now some bad guys want it, including the best assassin in the game, Han Cho Bai (Byung-hun Lee).

The trio find themselves globe trotting back and forth from the US to Paris, London, Paris, London, possibly then Russia, London, Paris and then back to London (or was it the US?).  Basically there is a lot of globe trotting going on with of course some nice scenic locations as can always be expected in movies about spies and special agents (thank you Mr. Bond).

Along the way they run into various colourful characters including Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Professor Bailey (Anthony Hopkins) as well as Victoria (Helen Mirren) and Ivan Simonov (Brian Cox) from the original RED movie.

There’s not really much else to say about this.  It’s a fun lighthearted movie and I actually quite enjoyed it.  The actors look like they’re having a lot of fun and this comes across in their performances.  Byung-hun Lee is easily the best character as the elite assassin and I would have liked for there to have been more scenes featuring him but overall this movie does exactly what it says on the tin. 

A formulaic action comedy featuring some surprisingly lovable characters.  It’s all highly forgettable but exudes a kind of simplistic innocence that draws you in so that you just can’t help but smile and enjoy the ride.

It’s not going to win any prizes and you’ll probably forget it all after a few hours, but while you’re in the theatre, chances are you’ll have a fun time.

Check it out!

Rating 3.5 out of 5