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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
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Excellent 4 Stars
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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12A
Cast
Bruce Willis
Helen Mirren
John Malkovich
Mary-Louise Parker
Anthony Hopkins
Catherine Zeta-Jones
David Thewlis.
Directors
Dean Parisot.
Screenwriters
Jon Hoeber
Erich Hoeber.
Running Time
115 minutes

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Red 2
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Plot
Frank Moses (Willis) and his fellow retired operatives are back for a globe-trotting mission to stop a nuclear threat. To combat it, they'll need the help of the bomb's designer - and he's in an insane asylum...


Review
Red 2

A black op from the past places aging former agents Willis, Mirren and Malkovich on the run again in this follow-up to the 2010 comedy thriller. Recycling its predecessor’s setup without apology, Red 2 is not overly concerned with intricate plotting. Rather, the film’s strength is once more in its characters, whose reunion is just as disarmingly funny as their introduction was. Mirren steals much of the show once more as the casually sociopathic Victoria, but it’s Mary-Louise Parker who seizes a large chunk of the laughs as Willis’s thrill-seeking civilian girlfriend, Sarah. The lightness of tone here is refreshing in a brainless action romp and while it’s hardly challenging, everyone involved seems to be having so much fun that it’s hard not to get swept along.


Verdict
A fun, frothy return for Frank and his creaky commandos.


Reviewed by James Dyer

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Help the aged

Well well what a anticlimax the first film was fun and entertaining this is just too long and stretches the thin plot to breaking point, even Bruce was embarrassed when plugging this film and u can see why , their is no chemistry between him and Mary-Louise Parker . The laughs are strained and Hopkins does his mad professor thing like he did in that film with Chris Rock. Please no Red 3 are they going to dig up Mel Gibson and Danny Glover LOL ... More

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Posted by WozisWoz at 22:11, 14 April 2014 | Report This Post


RE: Red 2

It's nice to see oldsters cavorting in kaboom movies, but a little of this stuff goes a long way ... More

Posted by chang at 12:18, 31 December 2013 | Report This Post


Enjoyable

Needs more Han. ... More

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Posted by skippy82 at 22:31, 17 November 2013 | Report This Post


walked out.

Jack & Jill. Nightwatch. Ang Lee's Hulk. I was tempted during all of those. But I have never before left a movie before its credits. But I just found this all so dull that I just did not care. The worst part is, there was probably only about 10 minutes left. The little "twist" had occurred and the finale was all set up, but I thought, I'm done. Oh yeah, and Bruce Willis is dead to me. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 21:22, 12 August 2013 | Report This Post


RED 2

I didn't enjoy this as much as the first. Unfortunately the strength of 2 is the comedy as the action is far too infrequent and feels far too slow. I read in Empire a few months back that Willis and Lee's fight was inspired by the classic Quiet Man brawl which I absolutely love. I was disappointed. ... More

Posted by musht at 00:18, 12 August 2013 | Report This Post


Willis autopilot: Engage.

As slick as the fight choreography and stunt driving are, there's a palpable lack of excitement throughout. The performances are (mostly) fine, but seem to have been destroyed in the edit. I really did want to like Red 2 more, but there's a far better film to be made from this. ... More

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Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 20:27, 04 August 2013 | Report This Post


Great fun

Films from comics take themselves far too seriously, just look at the ones we have had recently. But here we have a fast moving script and a perfectly selected cast helping the audience have a great time. Captures the lightness and dialogue of the first film and amongst the great cast, Mirren is outstanding. ... More

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Posted by bretty at 23:20, 03 August 2013 | Report This Post


FANTASTIC Entertainment!!!!

Superb sequel to the great original where things start of great and never let up in this entertaining romp!! Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is trying to lead a normal life, but Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) has other ideas, 'But you haven't killed anyone in months' he hoots to Moses on a supermarket trip, and before you know it he's on the lead of Stolen documents and a secret weapon that could end the world. Their are gags and action galore as we have a ruthless detective Neal McDonough on M... More

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Posted by Ramone87 at 19:43, 03 August 2013 | Report This Post


FANTASTIC Entertainment!!!!

Superb sequel to the great original where things start of great and never let up in this entertaining romp!! Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is trying to lead a normal life, but Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) has other ideas, 'But you haven't killed anyone in months' he hoots to Moses on a supermarket trip, and before you know it he's on the lead of Stolen documents and a secret weapon that could end the world. Their are gags and action galore as we have a ruthless detective Neal McDonough on M... More

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Posted by Ramone87 at 19:42, 03 August 2013 | Report This Post


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