384. Red 2

Background info

384-red-2Title: Red 2
Director: Dean Parisot
Year: 2013
Run time: 1hr 56m

“In RED 2, the high-octane action-comedy sequel to the worldwide sleeper hit, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they’ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazy government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Franck and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world and stay alive in the process.”

Live blog

4:26 – Woah, early exit of a main character?
9:37 – Bruce Willis is looking a lot like John Malkovich these days.
12:39 – Jeez, all those records up in pieces. That’s an advert for hard drives right there.
14:09 – Using Pringles to defeat your enemy is genius!
20:36 – They look like they’re in the Matrix training program.
26:00 – Wikileaks reference!
27:16 – “Just rent Dirty Dancing and tell her you love her.”
34:39 – I was prepared to be worried about Catherine’s Welsh/Russian accent, but it’s pretty nondescript actually.
38:47 – I feel slightly bad about the girlfriend being incompetent, but it is funny. I approve of her enthusiasm anyway.
42:23 – Yay! Not incompetent, just different!
51:36 – All that ammo wasted and he still didn’t get his men.
55:08 – I appreciate it when they have the text saying where they are, but some things don’t need it. Eiffel Tower. Tower Bridge.
1:00:39 – I very much thought he said “unpossible” then.
1:04:58 – Once again, it’s the local police who suffer for no good reason.
1:08:39 – Kremlin game face!
1:15:48 – “What happens in the Kremlin stays in the Kremlin.”
1:29:27 – This is the kind of romantic storyline I like. Gun as a present.
1:42:29 – Is that the Top Gear test track??

Conclusions

We really loved the first Red film, just a fun romp through the world of spying and double agents, but with the twist of everyone being slightly older. Thus, we were very much looking forward to the sequel, with the trailer raising our expectations even more.

Enjoyed this one almost as much as the first, which is impressive for a sequel. I couldn’t quite remember all the little details from the first, which meant it was a while before all the pieces started to fall into place. I also felt the double crossing boggled my mind on occasion, but the real star of the show is the relationship and dialogue between them all, and for that, it was an absolute winner.

Rating: 4/5

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