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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank, Marvin and their chums are back.
What a breath of fresh air; a bunch of brilliant actors having a great time cramming every action movie cliché in to a smidge under two hours of rip-roaring brain-out entertainment.

The all-star cast of Retired Extremely Dangerous old-school black ops types are back, saving the world again, this time from a magnificently bonkers Anthony Hopkins. John...
Published 8 months ago by Willy Eckerslike

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3.0 out of 5 stars Retired; Extremely Dangerous - again
Red 2 is logically, the sequel to Red - it follows ex-CIA agents Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and Marvin (John Malkovich - Jonah Hex) as they try to address one of their mistakes from their chequered pasts during the cold war - Project Nightshade. Whilst most people thought Nightshade was nothing but a rumour, intelligence that Frank & Marvin were involved leaks and soon...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frank, Marvin and their chums are back., 11 Feb 2014
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Willy Eckerslike (France) - See all my reviews
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What a breath of fresh air; a bunch of brilliant actors having a great time cramming every action movie cliché in to a smidge under two hours of rip-roaring brain-out entertainment.

The all-star cast of Retired Extremely Dangerous old-school black ops types are back, saving the world again, this time from a magnificently bonkers Anthony Hopkins. John Malkovich shines again as Marvin and Bruce is, well, still Bruce and everybody is just brilliant; it is not possible to single out a single cast member for particular praise.

Penned by the same writing team as the first film, but under a different director (the same chap who brought us the splendidly daft Galaxy Quest), Red 2 dovetails perfectly with its predecessor. The carefully not quite over-the-top humour is unexpectedly subtle at times and manages to avoid being juvenile & shallow; the cast operates as a skilled and craftsman-like whole (you’d expect nothing less from such experienced actors); the pace is relentless and there are some cracking stunts in fancy cars.

RED 2 is massively entertaining, surprisingly witty and superb fun. A perfect case-study in pure entertainment and even better, if that’s possible, than the first movie. Simply brilliant – if your head’s aching from trying to figure out Cloud Atlas then give it a rest and watch this!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Retired; Extremely Dangerous - again, 5 Sep 2013
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J. Morris "Josh" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Red 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Red 2 is logically, the sequel to Red - it follows ex-CIA agents Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and Marvin (John Malkovich - Jonah Hex) as they try to address one of their mistakes from their chequered pasts during the cold war - Project Nightshade. Whilst most people thought Nightshade was nothing but a rumour, intelligence that Frank & Marvin were involved leaks and soon the entire world is looking for the guys to extract information and kill them, including the world's best contract-killer Han (Byung-hun Lee - G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and the equally retired Victoria (Helen Mirren - Hitchcock). When all clues point to the 'Leonardo Da Vinci of Doomsday weapons' - missing scientist Dr Bailey (Antony Hopkins - also Hitchcock) as the only way to solve this conundrum, the guys have to battle it out against contract killers and government agencies the world over to clear their names.

Red 2 is a difficult one to call, if you liked the first, you'll like this one too is probably the best synopsis - I thought I was in that boat initially. Unfortunately the feeling doesn't last and on reflection it really is just a money-spinner in the franchise featuring ageing actors, that actively play up how much they are ageing in some sort of self-parodying gimmick that reflects the dire state of Hollywood today. If it hasn't been tried before or the actor doesn't have a 20-year proven track-record there's no studio green-light.

Unrelated ranting aside (sorry) Red 2 isn't half bad - there are some pretty respectable performances from some excellent actors; Malkovich holds his own, we get to see Willis frown [a lot], Mirren is charming as always but the real run away performance is Hopkins. He plays a quasi-insane nuclear-physics professor with great aplomb. Carrying the plot with his exaggerated English mannerisms [jolly good show]. Even Neal McDonough (Minority Report) plays a ruthless & psychotic government agent. The action is great, there are some pulse-heightening fire fights in some exotic locales, even if the Parisian car-chase is a hackneyed cliché (they're in a CitroŽn 2CV, groan...) that is a mere shadow of The Bourne Identity chase on the very same streets. The information-holding 'Frog' played by the brilliant David Thewliss (London Boulevard) was a welcome bit-part.

Red 2 knows it's inherently a stupid film and plays up to it, presenting well-known faces in hyperbolic roles, but at some points it really drags with it's dubious action being the only thing propping up the stilted plot. If you enjoy watching geriatric actors firing automatic weapons and taking beatings that would shatter their pelvis most days, this film is for you. Not bad, but not great either.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Die Hard too many, 24 May 2014
This review is from: Red 2 (DVD)
Not anywhere as good as the first film. Bruce Willis is going through the motions as in a lot of his movies at the moment and for people wanted by all international police agencies they are able to flit all over the world with ease. Some good moments and Helen Mirren is very good. A few missed chances with Anthony Hopkins. Watchable but typical of sequels.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 10 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Red 2 (Blu-ray)
Not nearly as good as the first one which was excellent. The acting on the whole was very good especially Anthony Hopkins, but it was a bit all over the place and not nearly as well planned as the original. Still fun to watch if you've nothing else to do but on the whole disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as RED, 30 May 2014
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Really enjoyed the first film, but this is a bit of a sequel for a sequels case. Not the best storyline / plot / scripting - seen it, and it was OK - enjoyable to watch once, but not bothered if I see it again. So from that point of view not such a good buy.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT HAPPENS IN THE KREMLIN, STAYS IN THE KREMLIN, 3 Aug 2013
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The Movie Guy "Movies from A to Z" (United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Red 2 [DVD] (DVD)
The film incorporates Wikileaks as the new problem child for Moses Frank (Bruce Willis) and company. An article claims he and Marvin (John Malkovich) were involved in a 1979 operation called "Night Shade." They have become wanted men.

In an expanded role Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) our meek lady from Kansas has become a thrill seeker and joins the group as they travel the world to find "Night Shade." In addition to Interpol and the Feds looking for our heroes, there is also a hitman (Byung-hun Lee) after them and Victoria (Helen Mirren) is also contracted to kill them...Malkovich proclaims "Friends don't take out a contract on friends." They are allied by KGB agent Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones) to the displeasure of sweet innocent Sarah who says..."Can't we just kill her?"

The film is filled with Malkovich one liners which we enjoyed in the first movie. The expanded role of Sarah added to the feature. This is perhaps a notch below the first installment, but a worthy action-comedy sequel that will be in my collection when it comes out.

Parental Guide: No sex or nudity. One half spoken f-bomb.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Red than Dead, 20 Dec 2013
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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An action/spy/comedy movie, which is a sequel to Red [DVD]. That was inspired by a graphic novel about retired spies. This movie is more of the same.

It might not work as a jumping on point if you've not seen the first film. But if you're reading this you probably have. So that shouldn't be a problem.

Following on from the end of said first film, Frank [Bruce Willis] and Sarah [Mary Louise Parker] are now a couple. But whilst he wants to keep out of the spy life to keep her safe, she wants the danger and excitement of it.

When old friends return and old secrets come to light, she might just get her wish...

Nearly all of the cast from the first film return. Aside from Ernest Borgnine and Morgan Freeman. For obvious reasons. And Karl Urban. For no apparent reason. Although Brian Cox barely features. It tries do the same as before, that being outrageous action sequences and character comedy, and it doing those again there is enough new and different stuff in here to make it work.

When it comes to the central relationship though Bruce Willis does seem to be a bit bored and going through the motions. But Mary Louise Parker has such great comic timing, and like all the others in the cast is clearly having a lot of fun in making the film, that it works fine.

In striving for a light tone and a 12 certificate it does mean that when some of the violence does get slightly serious and people get hurt it does feel slightly out of tone to the rest of the film. But that's only a minor complaint.

Some may wish to be aware that a small handful of moments are subtitled. Subtitles you can't turn off. But that's no more than a few minutes.

All in all a very entertaining sequel and a good watch. A third film might be pushing it, but that probably won't happen anyhow since this underperformed at the box office. But I'm glad they made this, and that I got to see it.

The disc has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

It begins with several trailers, which you can skip via the next button on the dvd remote.

There's slightly more here extra wise that most dvds of late.

A four minute long gag reel. As ever with these in the middle of people pulling funny faces there are some mildly amusing moments.

Five deleted/alternate scenes. Which can be watched individually or all in a row. If you do the latter they run for four minutes in total.

Four featurettes, which can also be watched individually or in a row:

The cast.
The Weapons.
The spy gear and tactics.
The stunts.

Running times are twelve minutes, eight minutes, six minutes, and seven minutes. All are quite detailed and a good watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars RED 2 blu ray uk, 15 July 2014
This review is from: Red 2 (Blu-ray)
Not as good as the first,Just seemed to go on and on.Good BLU RAY picture 2.35.1 ratio,Some extras good action scenes just seemed to lack something,Anthony Hopkins is the best thing in it and not in it enough.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a mess., 21 Dec 2013
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Peter Miller (Sudbury, Suffolk United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I loved RED and really looked forward to RED2. Unfortunately I was dissapointed. Yes, there is plenty of action and mayhem but to be honest I felt that they had tried to get too much into the story.
The team is sent all over the world, It got more and more complicated. Virginia (Helen Mirren) is given order to kill them and that adds complications.
RED was basically a very good, solid story with a team that one could relate to. RED 2 just tries to do too much and too many twists and turns.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dear me..., 5 Sep 2014
This review is from: Red 2 (Amazon Instant Video)
I didn't see Red, so came to this fresh. I'm willing to suspend disbelief for entertaining fiction, but this was tosh, and I gave up on it after fifteen minutes or so. The screenwriter had thrown everything he could think of into the mix, as if the audience had the attention span of a goldfish and would wander off if something amazing (generally involving people dying) didn't happen every two minutes.

As a Brit, I am unconvinced by the depiction of MI6. I'm unconvinced by the characters and their motivations. And I don't like having my intelligence insulted.

There are some good actors involved, wasted appearing in this.
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