Wednesday, 23 October 2013

RED 2 movie review

Red 2 (2013) Poster

My friend Aj and I went to see this yesterday at the Odeon and having enjoyed the first movie, were looking forward to it.  We were not disappointed, if anything, we thought that this film was better than the first. 

IMDB describes the film as: Retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

It has all the best elements that worked so well in the first movie, i.e. Bruce Willis (Die Hard, The Sixth Sense) as Frank, John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich, Empire of the Sun) as the quirky Marvin, and Mary Louise Parker (The West Wing, Weeds) as Sarah, who is an excellent foil to their double act.  But the best bits for me were the ones featuring Helen Mirren (The Queen, Hitchcock) as Victoria.  She is just such a wonderful character and I love her one liners.  In a particularly memorable car chase with newcomer to the franchise Byung-hun Lee (G. I. Joe, I Saw The Devil), 'the best contract killer in the World' Han Cho Bai, we see her at her scene-stealing best.

There is also a welcome glimpse of Brian Cox (Bourne: Supremacy & Identity, Braveheart) as Ivan and lovely turns by both David Threwlis (Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Kingdom of Heaven) as The Frog and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago, Entrapment) as Katja, Frank's ex and 'kryptonite.'

Just like the first movie, it is not about believing the plot lines (or the action possibility) but just going along for the enjoyable ride.

Tagline: The best never rest.                                                                  7.5/10


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