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‘Red 2’ movie review: Bruce Willis and company offers plenty of action and humor which made the first film a hit

DC Comics has a third franchise in Red, which succeeds in the shadows of their Batman and Superman inspired films. The 2010 film was a surprise success and warranted a sequel, which returns the all-star cast.

Based on a Warren Ellis comic book series, the new film, Red 2, has a new director in Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) who succeeded in keeping the key elements of the first film and building a new tale around his great cast.

Red 2 character banner full cast Bruce Willis Anthony HopkinsFrank Moses (Bruce Willis), a former black-ops CIA agent, is retired (Retired and Extremely Dangerous = RED) and now tries to settle down with Mary-Louise Parker’s Sarah, the carryover girlfriend from the first film.

Longtime friend Marvin (John Malkovich) attempts to warns Frank of a new threat, but Marvin, as “some people might say…is a bit paranoid.”

Willis, with the reluctance of a Pacino motivated Godfather, is pulled back into the cat-and-mouse action which takes the trio across the globe, reuniting with Victoria (Helen Mirren) of MI6 and plenty of newcomers: Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung hun-Lee and Anthony Hopkins.

The synopsis of the film discusses the device and people the players are racing to locate, but these are just macguffins to move the plot along.

Red 2 movie posterhun-Lee shines in action sequences and even pulls off a Jackie Chan inspired fight scene designed to entertain and instigate a chuckle or two. David Thewlis (Lupin from the Harry Potter franchise) is fantastic as an information guru nicknamed The Frog.

Parker’s Sarah is wide-eyed for too long in the film, but grows into the final act where he character final matters. Willis and Malkovich repeat in their perfectly cast roles but sadly Mirren is only on-screen with Brian Cox (as Ivan, the former Russian spy) for fleeting moments.

Fans of the first film should not be disappointed: 4 out of 5 stars.

Fans that prefer The Expendables to the first film will be letdown by the reduced number of explosions: 2 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Even if you haven’t seen the first film, there is plenty to like about the characters, the pace and the humor: overall 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Red 2 officially arrives in theaters July 19.

The studio is already working on a follow-up, Red 3, so check out that story here

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