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, theyÂ¹ll 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 worldâ€¹and 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
Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Karl Urban, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, David Ready
The gag, or one of three, in Dean Parisotâ€™s action-comedy sequel â€œRed 2â€ is that its killer oldsters are unflappable not because theyâ€™re too cool but because theyâ€™re seen-it-all semi-retirees. And after surviving the adventures of â€œRed,â€ 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.
All that nonchalance (minus the strenuous panache of an â€œOceanâ€™s Elevenâ€) 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 â€œretired and extremely dangerous,â€ 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), thereâ€™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 Frankâ€™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 heâ€™s the only one who really cares about murder.