One thing that the movie Red 2 teaches is that older people can be just as cool as any young action stars. Red 2 continues the exciting adventures of the Retired Extremely Dangerous agents based on the DC Comic. The action is non-stop spectacular, the story is well crafted, and all the actors are funny and exciting to watch.
The story begins with Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and Sarah’s (Mary Louise Parker) relationship. Frank is trying to retire, and live a quiet settled down life with Sarah Ross without all the killing, and moments of escaping death all the time. Frank is content with the simple life and keeping Sarah out of danger; but Sarah is bored. After all, one of the things that attracted her to Frank was all the danger.
Sarah gets her wish for more excitement when Frank’s old friend Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) enters the picture. Marvin tries to warn Frank of impending danger, but Frank takes it as he wants him to go on another mission; but Frank wants nothing to do with it. Even though Frank is retired he is never really retired. As Marvin drives away. his car explodes and Frank and Sarah find themselves at Marvin’s funeral. This sets the stage for the major plot of the movie; after the funeral Frank is called in for an interrogation at a safe house for something he knows nothing about, but the agents believes that Frank has the information they want on a secret weapon of mass destruction.
Other government agents barge into the safe house facility killing everyone in their path in order to reach Frank, but Frank has no intention of being captured. Frank escapes the government agents with the help of Marvin (it turn out he was not dead after all) and sets the plot for an international adventure. You as the viewer journey all over the world with Frank, Sarah, and Marvin in order to clear their names, and find out what they can on this weapon of mass destruction known as Project Nightshade.
Helen Mirren returns, and she is as wonderful as she was in the first Red movie. Mirren is back as Victoria, the British agent who treats exposing of human bodies the exact way as someone who is baking a cake. John Malkovich is hilarious as Frank’s sidekick and Frank’s guide on this adventure. Victoria is commissioned to kill Frank and the team, but instead helps the crew in their mission.
Catherine Zeta Jones joins the cast as a Russian agent Katja, and as an old flame of Frank’s- to what Marvin calls Frank’s Kryptonite. Some of the funniest moments in the film is Sarah’s jealousy of Katja; it tests Frank’s loyalty to Sarah, but also helps him prove his love for her.
Besides with dealing with all these women problems Frank has to contend with an assassin known as Han played by Byung Hun Lee (G.I. Joe Retaliation) who not only is being paid well to kill Frank, but also has a past grudge against him. Lee displays his martial arts prowess, and adds some cool style to Red 2. Some of his scenes reminded me of Jackie Chan, especially when he uses a cooler window frame as a weapon against the French police in one action scene.
The plot only thickens when the team is lead to an insane asylum where Frank meets an old friend that he and Marvin used to protect but thought was dead. It is the scientist Bailey played by Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins only adds to the fun. His eccentric antics lighten the mood, but as the viewer you may get the sense that there is something not quite right with this character (You may be right).
Overall this movie was an enjoyable experience. One thing I noticed when in the Movie Theater was all the older people coming to see Red 2. The older people in the theater enjoyed seeing these experienced actors doing things that many people normally would not expect older people doing. Furthermore, I do not think that this is a movie that someone 50 years of older can only enjoy. This movie can certainly appeal to a younger audience; the movie has all the action and humor that any action films buff could want and more. If you haven’t seen Red 2 yet, I suggest you go. If you missed it in the theater then get it on Blu-ray/DVD. You’ll have a blast.