In true sense, the best never rest. It’s been long since we saw Bruce Willis do some real breakneck action sequences, John Malkovich flatly deliver his goofy wisecracks, Anthony Hopkins smile viciously and Catherine Zeta Jones kill with her looks, quite literally. The best are back, and if you missed them all, RED 2 is a must watch. If you didn’t, watch it to know what you had been missing. After all, who doesn’t like a good spy movie with a lot of guns, car chases, conspiracies and moments you could laugh your guts out.
What is it about?
This sequel to the sleeper hit sees the Retired, Extremely Dangerous spy Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and his beloved associate Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) have their names involved in a Cold War scandal in the 80s. And now, the two have to wipe out the blemish along with a nuke that’s buried in some part of the world, unknown to all. Frank’s girlfriend Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) is the one uniting the two ex-spies as she is more kicked about the mission than the two. But it’s not an easy road. Old friends and foes like Victoria (Hellen Mirren), Katja (Catherine Zeta Jones) and Han Cho Bai (Byung-hun Lee) are on their trail to see them dead or alive. Will this outgunned, outmanned, old-school motley crew make it to the bomb and dispose it? Or will the mission simply fizz out. Join them to find out.
Brilliant action sequences accompanied by humor that makes you fall off your seat makes RED 2 a spy film that it should be. The movie takes you through the brutal and ruthless world of spies across the globe unknowingly through the character of Sarah played by Parker who is amazing as a girl next door filled with enthusiasm to enter the spy-land. Her insecurities and weaknesses as a lover balance quite perfectly with her well conceived effort to match up with tough and stone-willed Moses.
Commendable performances from veterans like Malkovich, Mirren, Zeta-Jones keep you glued to screen expecting one wonder after another, which they do deliver successfully. Byung-hun Lee with his swift moves and soft heart assures you that he surely is the next action idol from the orient. He’s someone to watch out for. The cherry on the cake is Anthony Hopkins as Prof. Bailey, a twisted scientist almost worshipped by the spy-world as a genius behind several weapons of mass destruction.
Director Dean Parisot has done more than justice to the prequel, perhaps has made it a better watch too. Foot tapping background score, crisp editing and a tight screenplay has made RED 2 into a worthy spy-flick. But what really set RED 2 apart from the run-of-the-mill spy movies are its sparkling comic moments which are too good to be revealed as spoilers.
What doesn’t work...
Unlike its predecessor, RED 2 relies quite a lot on Malkovich’s character for generating humor, therefore being a bit unjust to its tougher side. The last frame makes it worse. The quirky silliness that was a highlight of RED has taken a step ahead, almost crossing the line over to dumbness at some instances. Though the plot is intricate, it keeps traversing between its multiple layers almost confusing the viewer. And if you have seen the previous one, there are loads of tricks, stunts and schemes which might starkly remind you of the last one. If you’re planning to brush-up your memory by watching RED once before going for RED 2, it might be a bad idea. You might have to spend the time later differentiating between the two.
To see or not to see?
After a long time something as funny and as thrilling has hit the screens. While you might like it for all the action and breathtaking stunts, there are fair chances of you loving it for the cool performances and the jaw-splitting humor. If you're being fed with too much of animation, visual effects and 3D these days, RED 2 will prove to be a really good and refreshing break from the usual hullabaloo of collapsing skyscrapers. And yes, the best are back. So you better don’t miss them!
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