I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.
Highly Overrated But Still Good
The movie's neither hopeful in contrived ways, nor hopeless in different contrived ways. Somehow it manages to be wonderful
Even though Red was an interesting and innovating film, Red 2 fells sort, with chewed up plot and few twists. The main theme, apart from finding the bomb, is the romantic relationship between the main two characters and the emotional problems they are facing. However, I found it hard to believe that there was any chemistry at all between them. The constant changing of the costume grew to become tiring at some point and the show up \ show off of the characters, not to mention the comic book like sequences, were a minus for the film. Some sub plots were silly, like the one with the Korean assassin. I mean, he turned out to be a good guy, but if he was that lethal, then how on earth did Frank managed to fight him off by himself? So, 2 out of 10, because even the performances weren't convincing enough.
Red 2 at first caught me off guard a little; there I was thinking that it wasn't so bad at the beginning and that maybe people dislike this a bit too much, I was wrong. The second movie in the series is one of high octane action of which some could say the quota is pushed up in this one but it fails to make much a decent original plot and wastes the possible decent action-comedy this could have been. I must say for the record that I pretty much didn't like the first film, it was mediocre stuff really and the same for me applies here although this is generally much poorer than the first movie. Yet again starring Bruce Willis as Frank Moses, this time we see the gang of retirees and friends chase down a missing nuclear device of which such a thing could wipe out millions of people. That synopsis I just gave is the whole reason this is disappointing to me, it goes for the most over the top and yet most over used storyline ever.This time the movie throws in Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta- Jones (yes they seem to have been casting in Wales) and both are really kind of not used well but at the same time do at least bring personality. It's not that either does not bring skill to the cast, particularly Hopkins as Dr Bailey who does actually play the role very nicely but both are used to create incredibly basic characters and I wish this plot and its characters could have been more new and fresh. In comes a few people we saw from the first film and they do help the plot a little but overall nothing can be done to stop this being pretty dumb really, even the decent action is edited in an awful way which for me is one of the biggest mistakes of this movie.Dean Parisot was not the right choice for this movie as director; from a film perspective he has made comedies before but his work is not a good effort for this. See getting a director for this kind of movie you would think the reasonable choice would be someone with a good background in comedy and action or possibly both but you get neither here, by no means does Parisot ruin this, but he doesn't do a great deal right. The two Hoeber's who wrote the first film write again and yet again it feels like a script that could look good on paper but comes out poorly on the screen, yet again like with Parisot they don't destroy the film, just make it below-par stuff.Listen I'm not going to tell you to completely not watch this, with the first instalment I felt it was a film that a lot of people could enjoy but with this although I felt it wasn't as good, it still is far from terrible. I have to admit parts of this are not all bad and some bits if you take away what's going on in the story can be exciting, overall though just not a solid enough effort. Oh yes and one other thing that really for me didn't work was not only the bad guys in this, but also the way in which this movie seems to play serious a second after being silly, it just means that when an actual decent bit of serious acting comes in, a very basic joke either precedes or succeeds it and it just doesn't feel right. All in all a comedy-action that never quite even reaches the average heights of it's predecessor, try as it may it still just feels stupid and the cast is wasted on yet another pointless adventure.
The first thing I was looking for here was to see if they found a way to bring Morgan Freeman back to life from the first film. Instead, John Malkovich is killed off and resurrected, then teamed up with Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren and a new cast of characters to bring adventure, romance and danger to this unpredictable assassins flick. I have to admit, I get a kick out of this kind of mindless fun when the writing is creative and the dialog complements the action with wit, sarcasm and self deprecating humor. The set up is perfect with Marvin Boggs (Malkovich) enticing Frank Moses (Willis) back into the espionage game by reminding him that he hasn't killed anybody in months. From there, it's pretty much non-stop nonsense in the way of chases, explosions and martial mayhem until the hero team saves the world from Red Mercury and restores the world's balance of power back to normal. I wouldn't normally rate an action flick this high, but RED 2 distinguishes itself for it's sheer audacity in attempting to make the unbelievably absurd look like just another day.
I can't tell you how many times I said "damn!!" or that I laughed loud and clapped. This is one of the most entertaining, well acted, well directed films in the genre.It is must see stuff if you like action films. Action films with a comedy angle? This one is SOLID GOLD, baby.Bruce Willis turns in his usually exceptional performance as an action hero. John Malkin is just as kooky and entertaining as he was in Red 1. Mary-Louise is endearing, funny and adorable and Helen Mirren is always... well... Helen Mirren.This is a very fun movie, with a very fun plot and very gifted actors providing an evening (or afternoon) of extraordinary entertainment.If you like action films and you like to laugh, then this film is right up your alley.