Reds 2

Jays Rating:

In 2010, RED (Retired and Extremely Dangerous) was a surprise hit with older, ex-secret agents killing people, so not surprisingly, most of the stars are back in RED 2. Retired CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is trying to live a normal life with his girlfriend Sarah (Mary Louise Parker) when his friend Marvin (John Malkovich) informs Frank that several government agents are trying to assassinate them. It seems that a highly secret nuclear weapon program named Nightshade that is missing from the 80’s is linked to two Black Ops guys and Marvin said he is going to fake his own death to draw out the other agents. In the meantime, English MI6 agent, Victoria (Helen Mirren) who was Franks friend in the original movie, calls him and tells him there is a contract on his life and she is going to kill him because if she doesn’t someone else will. Frank also has a run-in with ex-girlfriend and Russian secret agent, Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones) who has orders to kill him for the Russian government. With everybody after them Frank, Marvin, and Sarah track down renowned scientist Dr. Bailey (Anthony Hopkins) who actually made the nuclear device 30 years before and ask for his help. The problem is – they don’t know which government agents are on their side and who are the actual bad guys. (I saw the film and I’m not sure myself) It’s hard to see (no pun intended) a sequel and not compare it to the original. RED had great stars, lots of action, and funny one-liners. In this movie, Morgan is missing along with Earnest Borgnine who passed away but was hoping to be in a sequel if they had one. In their places, are Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins who fill their shoes just fine. For some reason, we all love Helen Mirren who cam kill people at the drop of a hat with a gun, knife, acid or whatever she can put her hands on. The real heart of the film is John Malkovich who is in the best scenes and has the funniest one-liners. There is plenty of action but not so much that a blind critic falls asleep or has to ask his wife what is happening for 15 minutes straight. Since this is the sequel there is nothing really unique with the story but it does have different settings and locations for a change of scenery. This film is entertaining and I’m giving it a solid B rating.

This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA