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RED 2


Not improving with age

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By Charliedavid Page, 25th August 2013
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RED 2

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NOT IMPROVING WITH AGE

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RELEASE DATE: 29/08/2013
RUN TIME: 1HR 56MIN
CAST: BRUCE WILLIS
JOHN MALKOVICH
HELEN MIRREN
MARY-LOUISE PARKER
CATHERINE ZETA-JONES
ANTHONY HOPKINS
BYUNG-HUN LEE
DIRECTOR: DEAN PARISOT
WRITERS: ERICH HOEBER
JON HOEBER
PRODUCERS: LORENZO DI BONAVENTURA
MARK VAHRADIAN
WEBSITE: WWW.RED-THEMOVIE.COM
FACEBOOK: RED
TWITTER: @REDMOVIE
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By Charliedavid Page, 25th August 2013
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What happens when a group of hitmen come out of retirement once again, following a financially successful original film? Why, 'Red 2', of course. This action-comedy sequel has bigger stars, bigger explosions, and bigger stakes - but is bigger always better?

It seems someone's out to kill Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich). It's no surprise, really, given the number of people they've killed over the decades. Turns out they're meant to know the secret of Nightshade, a Cold War weapon that could create a new world superpower if a government were to get their hands on it. The truth is, they've never heard of it before, so to save their own skins, they set out to discover where this deadly apparatus resides.

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What was initially a novel concept in 'Red' hasn't necessarily carried over to the sequel. Willis and Malkovich plod along in their parts, relishing in only the occasional quip or moment of excitement. Helen Mirren, as always, is a joy to watch, but remains sorely under-utilised throughout. Anthony Hopkins as the physicist who created Nightshade brings an interesting twist to his character, though his inevitable role seems a little obvious from the beginning. Byung Hun Lee as the contract killer Han seems to be the only one having fun here, taking part in some of the most insane fight sequences in the film. And I never thought I'd say this, but Mary-Louise Parker as Frank's girlfriend is quite annoying (utter blasphemy for a 'Weeds' fan), rather than intendedly humorous.

'Red 2' still has the big bangs of its predecessor, but is missing the charisma. Despite international locations and a bevy of veteran actors, the second time around just isn't as funny as it could have been.

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