Movie review: Red 2 (2013)


‘RED’ here doesn’t means the colour. For the film, it stands for ‘Retired Extremely Dangerous’. The first ‘RED’ was released three years ago to quite a success and I thoroughly enjoyed the fun and action from it. Now, here came the sequel; RED 2 which stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lee Byung-hun, Anthony Hopkins, and Helen Mirren. This sequel tells the story of the retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses, whom reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

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‘RED’ is mainly about a group of old retired people getting back on action in quite a serious yet humor-filled ways. That’s the catch, and that’s also the reason for me to watch it. We got to see awesomeness and fun by these people not limited by their respective age. The message is to never look down on old people who can do ‘big’ or ‘crazy’ things you could never imagine. But wait, why do I see Lee Byung-hun here? But anyway, he is a great addition to the casts and he fits for his role here as a skilled combat person just like how he used to appear in many recent films he starred in.

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Yes, the plot is something very typical for this kind of movie; preventing a nuclear attack and saving the world. It has to be that noble for movies like this. I’m still fine with it. But the issue that disappoints me is the constant and quick shifting of scenes from one country to another. I felt that is way too much and unnecessary. It seems nothing much has been done over here in this country, and then we are transferred to the other setting pointlessly. From US to UK, then to Hong Kong, then to France, then to Russia and vice versa? Too much! Quite a poor development of story accompanied with many useless scenes and boring dialogues in between those actions that we are looking for.

Ahh…yeah. Talking about the action. It’s quite fairly delivered, but it’s not the best either. Just several plain action sequences except for one unforgettable quick scene of Helen pointing a gun from her left and right hands inside a sport car, and shooting in such a cool atmosphere while Lee is spinning the car. That’s seriously fantastic. But only for a few seconds. Other action scenes? Not that exciting. Sarah, Frank’s girlfriend is mainly here for the entertainment purpose. She got the situation fairly cracked up in the middle of tension. That’s good anyway.

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Who is the bad guy here? A bit of twist there and I would not reveal any spoiler here. It’s an old guy too that plays the trick well in the end (that’s a hint). The casts had generally given their solid performance but that is not enough to save the story development which is a bit poor, too many unnecessary or boring parts, has actions and hilarious moments but are not good enough. Overall, out of 10 points, I rate ‘Red 2’ a total of 6.9. The first ‘RED’ is slightly better as far as I remembered.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web).

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