Very rarely does a sequel live up to the original film, especially when it involves an action/comedy. As for RED 2, I was pleasantly surprised at how well done the mix of action and comedy gelled together once again. This movie is the sequel to the 2010 hit RED, which is inspired from the DC comic book series created by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. If you have not seen the first film, it was based on a team of retired black-ops CIA agents who were forced to come out of retirement, because their team started getting assassinated. Seeing the first film will give you a better understanding to the plot of the story and a since of connection to the characters in RED 2. However, this movie is entertaining enough in itself, giving viewers a chance to follow along without experiencing the first.
Many cast members from RED return in the sequel including Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) to name a few. The strong cast was further strengthened by adding a few new names, but one of the best brought to the team was Anthony Hopkins who plays Edward Bradley. The cast preforms well off of one another in both RED and RED2 which truly comes out in the comedy.
Trying to live a normal life, Frank is warned by his life long friend and once partner Marvin about a threat against their lives. He shortly finds Interpol is hunting him down for a mission his was involved with, causing Frank to then try and clear his name. Sneaking information, Frank is told of a Cold War project to sneak a nuclear weapon into Russia which may have been assembled and activated. With help from Marvin and Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker), Frank is reacquainted Edward Bradley who was involved with setting up the project. To make things more challenging, he is being tracked by the worlds best assassin and comes face to face with an old flame named Miranda Wood (Catherine Zeta-Jones).
RED 2 brings back similar action and comedy we received in the first film. The comedy was smartly done and paired well with the action. There are a few action packed scenes which seem a bit over the top, but this does not effect the outcome of the movie. These action scenes are easily over looked considering the comedy involvement.
Not much falls short in this film. I found myself consistently laughing and enjoying Frank’s mission to clear his name. It is not necessary to see RED before seeing the sequel, you will still be entertained regardless. The cast is the meat and potatoes to this film. They were spot on in the additions and if you changed a few members the movie would just not be the same. I strongly recommend this movie, must see this summer.
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