When I was younger the aging marquee stars of the past would take roles that fit their age. Like Henry Fonda in “On Golden Pond” or the whole cast in “Cocoon”. Well times certainly have changed, because now either because there is no one worthy to take their place, or Clint Eastwood has taken all their roles, action stars of the 80’s will not go away. I once heard someone say that you won’t see Mick Jagger up on stage at 60, well like that person I never thought Bruce Willis would be killing bad guys on screen 25 years after “Die Hard”, I guess we were both wrong. In 2010 Summit released “R.E.D.”, a movie based on a limited comic book series from DC. The move did surprisingly well and Summit green lit a sequel. Take the aging actors that were in the first film and add more aging actors seems like was their battle cry. Bruce Willis and John Malkovich are back, as well as Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker. Added to that cast is Anthony Hopkins, no one plays crazy better than him. Catherine Zeta-Jones, who plays a sexy Russian, and Byung-Hum Lee who is the baby in the main cast. The plot is simple enough, the R.E.D. crew must come together to stop a nuclear bomb that was placed in Russia during the cold war. Lots of shooting, plenty of explosions, and of course witty dialogue follows.
More famous stars, more jokes, more action sequences but also more plot holes from the latest ‘Red’ franchise. At first ‘Red 2’ looks fine as an entertaining blockbuster movie but it turns to be a boring and exhausting after about 40 minutes length. There are many plot holes in it, such as why they could move from some countries to another without get arrested after trouble they have created and way the villain escaping from guard’s protection is quite silly though. Also the storyline isn’t new and predictable about nuclear bomb stuff. Fortunately, it has strong performances from their talented casts. Chemistry and some jokes flows quite well although Mary Louis Parker’s character as Sarah sometimes annoying. Overall, ‘Red 2’ is louder and bigger than it’s predecessors but with some plot holes and silly scenes make it forgettable less charms than the first one.
Red 2 lacks any sense of identity. It moves and plays all the same, with Parisot assaulting the sense with the same repetitive noise. As much as the stupid screenplay can be faulted for Red 2’s many shortcomings, Parisot’s contributions (or lack thereof) are truly the biggest slights against the film. With a brain dead narrative design, monochrome visual palette, and absent directorial presence, Red 2 is firmly an actor’s showcase. But, I am telling you things you already know, yes? That’s a shame, and “Red 2” doesn’t do much with the characters played by Mirren and Byung-hun Lee until the last half of the movie, either. Still, everyone does appear to have had a blast making “Red 2.” Too bad it doesn’t fully translate to the moviegoing public.
It’s all supremely silly stuff, and amusingly so, as long as you don’t stop to think about all those blameless officers and agents cut down in the line of mindless entertainment. Go ahead RED 2, relish in the fact that you’ve cemented your relevance in Hollywood and shushed all the haters claiming “Did anyone even ask for a sequel to RED?” You’ve turned a mix of stereotypical badasses and iconic actors into a crack team of senior assassins, winning over the hearts of audiences in the process. False. Byung-hun Lee…what were you thinking?