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4.0 out of 5 stars Better Red than Dead, 20 Dec 2013
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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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Initial post: 21 Dec 2013 17:25:46 GMT
Timelord007 says:
No longer a fan of Bruce Willis after the abomination that was A Good Day To Die Hard he no longer gives a damm on how his films are perceived.

I not a fan of these either but voted yes because even though i dislike product i love your exellent review my friend.
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