Red 2 Review

Not many people know this but RED is actually based on a DC Comic. It stands for Retired Extremely Dangerous. The first film was fantastic but is a sequel really necessary? Personally I didn’t mind because I wanted to see more of John Malkovich’s character who’s quite hilarious.

Well they brought back the cast and they are set to go out guns blazing! Let’s find out if RED 2 is worth a trip to the cinema.

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The Plot

In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

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 next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world-and stay alive in the process.

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The Verdict

I was really looking forward to this sequel because the cast really bring out the best in each other. It’s a classier approach to the expendables and the humour for me is one of the best bits frrom this movie especially with John Malkovich providing most of the laughs.

Just like the first installment, this movie creeps under the radar of high budget summer blockbusters to steal the show. The pace is fast and with the strong characters the cast portray, you have a good mix of wit and action.

I don’t think it’s better than the original though but it is definitely on par at least. I really loved the first one because it was something fresh and of course the cast was fantastic. With this film I think Mary Louise Parker stands out with her character who doesn’t quite fit in with the former CIA agents yet she wants to use action and adventure as a means to spice up the romance between her and Bruce Willis…..hmmmm married life huh.

All in all the acting is great and the characters give each other equal space. You don’t get the sense that someone is trying to outdo the other and it’s nice to see them play up their own strengths like how Helen Mirren and Brian Cox have a certain charm whenever they are on screen.

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Men should watch this to have a good laugh at the bromance between Bruce Willis and John Malkovich while women should watch this because……….well let’s just say you don’t have to wait too long till Lee Byung Hun takes off his shirt.

By Elliott Danker

Red 2 opens in cinemas Aug 1

Images courtesy of Shaw Singapore

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