Red 2 is a sequel to 2010′s moderate hit action film RED. RED stands for Retired Extremely Dangerous, and in the world of the film, is an acronym used by the CIA for retired spies. Bruce Willis plays Frank Moses, one of the best of the best of the black ops agents, and he’s forced out of retirement and back into action with his old team.
This time, Moses goes to Europe with his team and deals with a whole new set of problems. There aren’t a lot of details available yet, but Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta Jones have both come aboard the sequel, so there’s quite a cast of actors here.
Red 2 is being directed by Dean Parisot, who directed Fun with Dick and Jane and Galaxy Quest. This would normally be okay but not great, but when you consider he also directed a couple episodes of Justified, I think it means he’s got the talent to handle both action and comedy, which is just what a film like Red 2 needs. Jon and Erich Hoeber are the writers, and they wrote the first film, so expect a consistent screenplay.
Red 2 Trailer
Red 2 Release Date
August 2, 2013
Who’s In It?
Bruce Willis … Frank Moses
Mary-Louise Parker … Sarah Ross
Helen Mirren … Victoria
John Malkovich … Marvin Boggs
David Thewlis … The Frog
Paul Hopkins … Funeral Director
Patrick Kerton … Detainee
Nathalie Buscombe … Assistant
Tristan D. Lalla … Vance
Vincent Hoss-Desmarais … Young Intelligence Officer
Adam Shaw … Creepy Man
Michael Hearn … Senior MI6 Officer
Rebecca Croll … Waitress
Dan Jeannotte … Young FBI Agent
What’s Good About It?
I enjoyed Red, though I hardly remember the specifics of the plot. The broad strokes and lighthearted fun in it I do recall, and that was all quite nice. I expect Red 2 to be similarly enjoyable.
What’s Bad About It?
This depends on how much you like slightly sterilized action comedies. I enjoy them because I accept them. If you do the same you’ll be okay. If you want something special, you’ll be disappointed.
Our Clever Prediction
I don’t think Red 2 will be a decent success, as it’s coming out in early August instead of October like last time. I don’t think critics will love it, or many people for that matter, but I think people will enjoy it well enough for it to unmemorably pass through theaters.