Almost as shocking as it was to hear that Summit was going to roll out the red again for a sequel, RED 2 is surprisingly limber and endlessly action-packed despite its golden years hook.
And while – as in the previous film – it seems ultimately implausible that this ragtag band of RED agents would perpetually be equipped to outsmart and out-smash absolutely all of their tip-top colleagues, that fact alone may well be a good portion of RED’s overall allure. The film once again embraces the lighter side of fast and flashy violence with a wonderfully placed cast and a boisterous tongue-in-cheek attitude.
Willis, Mirren, and Malkovich continue their respective duels over superior performance, and director Dean Parisot rivals much of the original film’s content blow for blow, occasionally rising above the previous material with well placed punches of his own. Two punches in particular coming in the forms of Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones. And though the film mostly smolders with the fuel of blow’em up fluff, you can’t help but hope that this team doesn’t run out of ammo anytime soon. RED 2’s extras arsenal is pretty slim, containing only a painfully standard behind-the-scenes feature with the usual interviews and face-value insights, a few scattered deleted scenes and a mild gag reel. So with agents that possess lethal wherewithal, and who occasionally have to reach for a well-earned Geritol, RED 2 is one tough geezer pleaser.
Studio Synopsis: Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Willis) and his team set out on a global quest to track down a missing, next-generation lethal device that can change the balance of world power. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the technologically advanced super weapon. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, old-school skills and each other to rely on as they try to save the world – and stay alive in the process.
Studio: Summit Entertainment
Running Time: 116 minutes
Number of Disks: 2
- The Red 2 Experience” behind-the-scenes featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel