[Movie review] RED 2

If you liked the first installment of RED, you’ll probably take a liking to it’s latest sequel, RED 2. Packed with slyness, adrenaline and occasionally with a tinge of humour, this is perhaps not too bad a way to wind down after a day at work.

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Thanks to the peeps from omy.sg and Shaw Online, I had the opportunity to catch the special preview of RED 2, starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Mary-Louise Parker.

The movie brings you deep into the life of retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses, who got acquainted once again with his former team of specialists and operatives to recover a stolen nuclear device called the Night Shade. Their efforts are endlessly hampered and their quest interrupted by power-greedy, trigger happy assassins from both the good and the dark world.

RED 2 stars Bruce Willis and Lee Byung-hun, among other familiar faces from the original installation.

RED 2 stars Bruce Willis and Lee Byung-hun, among other familiar faces from the original installation.

As I did not watch RED, jumping into RED 2 was a bit of a disorientation to me. However, though somewhat linked, RED 2 stands independent enough for one to understand the plot and storyline with just a bare few minutes of orientation into the screening. So don’t worry too much if you did not watch the first installment.

Helen Mirren starring in RED 2 as Victoria

Helen Mirren starring in RED 2 as Victoria

The film also stars newcomers to the RED production such as Anthony Hopkins and Lee Byung-hun, who never fails to impress with his charisma and in this particular film, his kung-fu ethics and skills.

Actor Anthony Hopkins (starring as Bailey) and Director Dean Parisot on set sharing a light hearted moment.

Actor Anthony Hopkins (starring as Bailey) and Director Dean Parisot on set sharing a light hearted moment.

RED 2 is not as much of excitement as compared with other action-packed movies like Die Hard, having anchored on a soft entry and the occasional lack of action. Reviews of this film are mixed, with some criticizing it as an “absurb sequel to an absurb movie”, but it also does have its fair share of commendation.

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All in all, I’d rate it a 6 out of 10 – good enough if you don’t expect much before stepping into the cinema.

RED 2 premiers on 1 August 2013 in all major cinemas.

 

*All images courtesy of The Movie Blog.

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