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Red 2
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, they¹ll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank 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.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Adaptation, Sequel, Thriller
Running Time: 1 hour 56 minutes
Release Date: July 19, 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for pervasive action and violence including frenetic gunplay, and for some language and drug material)
Distributor: Summit Entertainment

Cast And Credits
Starring: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Directed by: Dean Parisot
Produced by: Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, David Ready

The gag, or one of three, in Dean Parisot’s action-comedy sequel “Red 2” is that its killer oldsters are unflappable not because they’re too cool but because they’re seen-it-all semi-retirees. And after surviving the adventures of “Red,” these comfortably recognizable agents and mercenaries are now doubly experienced and casual. Sociopathic assassins drop in like son of a guns, and fusillades of bullets come and go like passing showers, but Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren will still trade relationship advice and in-jokes like old friends on a package tour.

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All that nonchalance (minus the strenuous panache of an “Ocean’s Eleven”) is hard to get excited about, but having actors who can put the slightest topspin on their volleys still helps, along with some mild female rivalry to flavor the low-impact shootouts and routine double crosses.

Frank (Mr. Willis) is still “retired and extremely dangerous,” per the title, and he is pulled out of quiet domesticity with his civilian sweetheart, Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker). Together with their deadly buddy Marvin (Mr. Malkovich), they dive into a secret international crisis with nuclear stakes.

But what pops more than the gunfire are the line readings, where Ms. Parker, especially, but also Mr. Malkovich and Ms. Mirren, can give personality to standard action repartee. Rest assured (and you may well rest a bit), there’s also a mad genius (Anthony Hopkins, bringing half-dotty British understatement to the party); a jet-setting whippersnapper (Byung-hun Lee, best when fighting); and Frank’s Russian old flame (Catherine Zeta-Jones).

Cars careen, lazily written infiltration plans are executed, and the violence is plentiful and toothless. You can tell the villain has been revealed when he’s the only one who really cares about murder.


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