You remember RED right? Bruce Willis climbing out of a spinning car, so that he could two-hand his pistol before firing? Yeah, RED 2 is the sequel to that movie. RED stands for Retired, Extremely Dangerous, and is based on a comic book property.
Willis plays Frank Moses a badass who just wants to retire to someplace quiet with his young(er) girlfriend Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker). Unfortunately for Frank, Sarah doesn’t want peace and quiet. She wants the ‘adventure’ that used to be Frank’s life.
So what to do?
Well, the old (no pun intended) gang is back and Marvin (John Malkovich), Victoria (Helen Mirren) and even Ivan (Brian Cox) spend some time figuring out why a project from thirty-something years ago is back to endanger their lives. Catherine Zeta-Jones, David Thewlis, Neal McDonough, Korean star Byung-hun Lee and Anthony Hopkins are added to the mix and things go boom for a while before the dust eventually settles.
Because nothing says ‘franchise’ like a signature scene, RED 2 features a spinning car scene in which Moses climbs into the car (the countdown to Rohit Shetty’s version of that begins on Friday). There is a semi-funny sight gag involving Ms. Mirren and a crown. And Bruce Willis looks good doing the Angry Old Man routine – way better than he did pulling a similar shtick in that last Die Hard movie.
There is also a lot of international travel in this movie. London, Paris, Moscow, London again: it is a surprise these old ‘uns didn’t need a nap from time to time. And Mr. Hopkins’ dialogue sounds like it was written by a poor imitator of Merchant-ivory period pieces.
Final Analysis: If there is a message in this movie—and I’m choosing to believe there is—then it is this: Do Not Grow Old. Because cantankerousness banter really gets in the way of the action. While not horrible, RED 2 isn’t very memorable either.
My Advice: If you’re in the mood to watch some senior citizens posturing, you might want to check it out. But there’s really no compelling reason to watch it on the big screen.