Since I thoroughly enjoyed the original Red, Director Dean Parisot’s Red 2 was one of my most anticipated films of the summer. Thankfully, it lived up to my expectations.
Red 2 is the perfect summer film, blending great action with great laughs. The quartet of writers, including Jon and Erich Hoeber, Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, have created an ensemble of wacky characters that form a perfect screen family.The core characters, Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), Marvin (John Malkovich)), Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker), Victoria (Helen Mirren) and Ivan (Brian Cox) are joined by Anthony Hopkins as the mad bomber Bailey, Catherine Zeta-Jones as the Russian General in Intelligence Katja and Byung-hun Lee as the world’s greatest contract killer Han Cho Bai.
The team has to prevent a Cold War bomb that was hidden in Moscow from detonating.
With action in Paris and London, as well as Moscow; with Helen Mirren shooting up all venues; and with Mary-Louise Parker leaving Kansas in the far past to embrace her inner spy, how can one not enjoy this film?
Go have some fun. I give Red 2 a strong 4 out of 5.