RED should really stand for Retired, Ended, Disappointed in this case. Also, I’ll try to be spoiler free for those who haven’t seen it yet.

Featuring

Bruce Willis as Frank Moses
John Malkovich as Marvin Boggs
Helen Mirren as Victoria Winslow
Mary Louise-Parker as Sarah Ross
Anthony Hopkins as Dr Edward Bailey
Katherine Zeta-Jones as Katya Petrokovich
with Byung-hun Lee as Han Cho Bai

The first RED movie is brilliant. A brilliant cast, snappy story and good source material, all add up to a funny, witty and over the top comedy action movie. So why is it that with the same basic cast, same source material and the addition of the great Anthony Hopkins in the mix, RED 2 just isn’t anywhere near as good?

We begin with Frank and his lady-love Sarah at a hardware store, trying to live a normal life and burying any desires to blow things up. Unfortunately, Marvin the Martian arrives, all nervous and fidgety because he thinks there are people out to get him. Of course, he’s the one that gets blown up just outside.

So begins the many misadventures of RED 2, where Frank gets framed for being part of a secret CIA plot, Sarah learns that she has a penchant for destruction and everyone finds out there’s some sort of secret weapon they need to destroy.

Again, the movie is based upon the premise that it’s meant to be funny. It…sort of is in parts. But the overarching issue with it isn’t even that the jokes are especially bad. Maybe the comic timing is just that little bit off, like that of an amateur comedian at an open mic night. It’s not that the cast is bad at their jobs, in fact they seem to deliver their lines with a sense of relish and enjoyment. Clearly it is a fun movie to make. But something just became lost in translation and I don’t know what it is. The movie is definitely poorer for it, because instead of laugh-out-loud funny, it was more a polite chuckle.

However, without all the funny one liners and witty remarks, we’re still left with a pretty decent action movie. There are explosions, guns, people running and car chases as well as secret government infiltrations and sinister plots. It’s still fun to watch and guess what misfortune the next twist would bring upon the characters and the storyline itself is pretty good. I guess without the expectations meeting the result, the movie has lost a little bit of its allure.

Rating

It’s a sequel that could have been so much more. Then again, most sequels aren’t as good or better than their predecessors, so take that into account.

Should I watch this?

If this was during general theatre release, then nope. However, you can get this on rental now, so it would be worth watching just as an action movie. You could do worse.

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