What are we doing?
|Bruce Willis and John Malkovich in RED 2|
Bruce Willis needs to take a break from movies. The reason I say this is because with his latest film (and a few other ones too), that it's obvious that his heart isn't fully in it. While all of his co-stars seemed to be having fun with this one, Bruce looked like he was reading the script while the cameras were rolling.
Bland, dull, lifeless. Bruce aside, this sequel is a mostly funny action vehicle drenched in paranoia. The story is all over the place, which reminded me of how the Malkovich character's mind worked. All of the players (except for Willis) do a good job especially Malkovich, Neal McDonough (Justified, Captain America), and Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds, R.I.P.D.).
Helen Mirren (the Queen, Caligula) was underused with her dialog but, she has a few good action scenes and Lee Byung-hun (G.I. Joe 1&2) kicked expertly choreographed ass. Some of the cool action standouts were the Willis file room escape and the mini-gun attack scene.
The Good- Malkovich, humor, action, fight choreography, practical effects, locations, and a good sense of fun.
The Bad- unoriginal, weak and unstable story(and they didn't use an idea from the comic), implausible conveniences, slow pace moments, Willis' performance, underused characters, the use of an already used Lincoln Park song, and it felt incomplete.
The Ugly- The toilet bomb scene and Brian Cox's foot fetish.
Not as good as part 1 but, it is funny and entertaining. See at the Drive-in or wait for the rental. Rating 6 out of 10
RED 2 (2013)
PG-13 | 1h 56min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 19 July 2013 (USA)
Retired C.I.A. Agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.
Director: Dean Parisot
Writers: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber
Stars: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich