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Red 2 (2013)

Bruce Willis , Helen Mirren , Dean Parisot  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,589 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Anthony Hopkins, Mary-Louise Parker
  • Directors: Dean Parisot
  • Writers: Cully Hamner, Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber, Warren Ellis
  • Producers: Alexander Dostal, Cliff Lanning, David Ready
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Summit Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 26, 2013
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,589 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008JFURII
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Red 2" on IMDb

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A very safe sequel bet with a cast of friendly, recognizable, and bankable stars, RED 2 is a breezy romp of global espionage and superhero superspies where the wealth of violence is played for laughs and the sly grins stay firmly planted on the faces of everyone involved. As fans of 2010's RED will fondly remember, the hero characters are from the AARP generation, which is also what drives the primary conceptual joke and defines the title acronym: Retired, Extremely Dangerous. In round two, former secret agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is drawn out of retirement (again) by his former cohort Marvin (John Malkovich, acting Malkovich-crazy and loving it) to service a plot that involves a Cold War-era nuclear bomb hidden in Russia and the international effort to retrieve it. Frank is now romantically partnered with RED's sweet Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker, also a comic delight), who wants to follow him into the fray and turns out to be pretty good at the dangerous game of spycraft. Also returning from not really being retired are the icy MI-6 assassin Victoria (Helen Mirren) and the lusty Russian spy chief Ivan (Brian Cox). Their priceless scene together captures a bucolic picnic where automatic weapons and silk stockings are the main course. New to this edition is Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones), Ivan's best operative and a former flame of Frank, and Han Cho Bai (Byung-hun Lee), a Korean hit man on Frank's list partly because he's been ordered to kill him, but mostly because he's mad that Frank stole his private jet. Everyone's motives are purposely muddled, but they all put aside personal grudges and professional kill orders to join forces against the doomsday device. It was created and hidden by a batty professor who's been locked away in a London psychiatric hospital for almost 40 years. Fortunately this caricature is played by Anthony Hopkins, who brings all the acting tics and crazy-old-British-guy mannerisms he can as both hero and villain. The mechanics of story don't much matter when the purpose is zingy one-liners and the comic timing is spot on. There's a ton of bloodless violence--most of which is also played for laughs--and a menacing American agent played by Neal McDonough who seems to be the only humorless one in the whole bunch. He's also the only truly scary one, which does not bode well for his character. All the leads are given their own scene-stealing moments, with each playing according to their strengths (and probably for a nice "what the heck?" paycheck). The physical and verbal interplay among them cascades trippingly off the tongue in snappy dialogue and bits of business that seem effortless for these pros. Helen Mirren wears diamonds and fur while wielding a grenade launcher; John Malkovich makes the most lovable psychopath ever; Anthony Hopkins is both befuddled and conniving; and Bruce Willis makes violent screwball comedy look easy, especially with the impeccable help of Mary-Louise Parker. The RED franchise is a nice crossover success for Hollywood, with a built-in audience of the over-50 set, and the core youth demographic happy to watch grandma- and grandpa-types blow up and shoot things to their hearts' content. --Ted Fry

Product Description

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.

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176 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Favorite Foursome July 17, 2013
Format:DVD
Here they are again, our favorite former black-ops CIA agents, still Retired and Extremely Dangerous, who must reunite and track down a portable nuclear device, invented by a man who has been held for over 30 years in an institution for the criminally insane.

If you saw the original "Red" you know that after all the wild events, Frank and Sarah became a couple. Now we get to see what happens AFTER the "happily ever after...." (It's hilarious!)

We see:
* Bruce Willis ("Red") Frank is in a domestic frenzy, deliriously heaping his shopping cart at Costco with countless household items.
* John Malkovich ("Red") Marvin is horrified to see Frank in this condition. He will do anything...
* Mary-Louise Parker ("Red") Sarah has an edge over Frank and Marvin: people LIKE her, but she can only watch Frank's new-found domesticity with a mixture of dismay and affection.
* Helen Mirren ("Red") Victoria is in the middle of another "side job" when our friends contact her.
* Byung-hun Lee ("G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra") Han Cho Bai has a contract to kill Frank.
* Catherine Zeta-Jones ("Side Effects") Katja is a Russian operative who formerly worked for the KGB. She and Frank have a "history."
* Anthony Hopkins ("You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger") Bailey is our mad scientist.

This PG-13 outing is another wild ride with our favorite foursome, maybe even wilder than the original: Our screening audience laughed all the way through. Expect vehicular mayhem, endless gunfire and blowie uppie stuff, hardly any profanity, several interesting kisses but no sweaty bodies. Mirren makes a great Mary, Queen of Scots, Parker speaks lousy Russian, Malkovich is fetching in a Carmen Miranda chicka-chicka boom hat and Willis plays Willis flawlessly.

Don't miss this one! I'll pre-order my DVD from Amazon as soon as it's allowed.
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68 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT HAPPENS IN THE KREMLIN, STAYS IN THE KREMLIN August 3, 2013
Format:DVD
The film incorporates Wikileaks as the new problem child for Moses Frank (Bruce Willis) and company. An article claims he and Marvin (John Malkovich) were involved in a 1979 operation called "Night Shade." They have become wanted men.

In an expanded role Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) our meek lady from Kansas has become a thrill seeker and joins the group as they travel the world to find "Night Shade." In addition to Interpol and the Feds looking for our heroes, there is also a hitman (Byung-hun Lee) after them and Victoria (Helen Mirren) is also contracted to kill them...Malkovich proclaims "Friends don't take out a contract on friends." They are allied by KGB agent Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones) to the displeasure of sweet innocent Sarah who says..."Can't we just kill her?"

The film is filled with Malkovich one liners which we enjoyed in the first movie. The expanded role of Sarah added to the feature. This is perhaps a notch below the first installment, but a worthy action-comedy sequel that will be in my collection when it comes out.

Parental Guide: No sex or nudity. One half spoken f-bomb.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RED 2 -- You Gotta See This August 2, 2013
Format:DVD
I loved this film. Yes the plot is so thin as to almost be transparent. Yes it is filled with car crashes, car chases, and the most heavily armed but incompetent adversaries on film. But the CAST -- and the ACTION -- make this into an exciting romp by some very talented actors. It is hard to overshadow Bruce Willis in any film but this cast manages that. John Malkovich steals the show as "Mad" Marvin and does as much acting with his face as with the dialog. Helen Mirren is clearly having the time of her life playing Victoria and she is great. Anthony Hopkins as the mad scientist plays it to the hilt. Byung-hun Lee as the assassin hired to kill Willis is marvelous in his incredible fight scenes plus adding some real subdued humor about his plane. Also he introduces the new Gatling gun just released by the Army and that scene alone is worth the price of admission. Oh yes -- Bruce Willis was in this film -- and yes he does a good job but it is hard to surpass this team of actors -- he keeps up because he is an excellent actor but he has stiff competition in this sequel to Red. This is a non-stop action film with a simple plot but with a team of actors at their best and having a great time in the process. You gotta see this film
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69 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense Suspense July 21, 2013
Format:DVD
"Red 2" is a superb action film that touches on the continuation of most of the characters from the first Red film. My husband and I both agreed that "Red 2" was even better than the first "Red." However, he was undecided at first about who was his favorite character. This was because Bruce Willis and Louise Parker elegantly played a couple very much in love and playing out their relationship among various heists. Lee Byung-hun gave a marvelous performance as a gifted assassin who deep down has a good sense of right and wrong. However, my husband admitted that he enjoyed Anthony Hopkins in the role as Dr. Edward Bailey the most. This was because Hopkins gave an admirable performance as a physicist who is called upon for his talents. My favorite performances were a tie between Helen Mirren as Victoria Winters and John Malkovich as Marvin Boggs. Mirren gives a splendid performance as a trained and true femme fatale who still has a heart for her fellow friends while accomplishing her duties in an efficient manner (there is a comical scene where she is portraying the queen of England). My husband also liked Mirren's performance, but more for her flirty demeanor and her elegant style while doing one of her jobs (there is a scene where she is aiming her gun in a stylish outfit and letting her boyfriend touch her feet). I enjoyed Malkovich's commendable performance as Boggs because he plays a man with the right touch of paranoia who also is a skilled mediator for his fellow colleagues/friends. There are also electrifying scenes in the movie where the characters are shown traveling to England, France, and Russia. "Red 2" is a terrific film for those who enjoyed the first "Red" movie and/or like action films. The following actors/actresses also play important parts in "Red 2": Catherine Zeta Jones as Katya, Brian Cox as Ivan Simanov, David Thewlis as The Frog, and Neal McDonough as Jack Horton.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
This is right up my alley - older people put out to pasture who can do more than most people. Not a big fan of Bruce Willis but loved him in both Red and Red 2. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by DDBar
3.0 out of 5 stars Red 2
I should have rented this first before buying. It is not as good as the first "Red". The DVD is good quality.
Published 17 hours ago by Roe H
5.0 out of 5 stars Red 2
john malkovich is such an underrated treasure. he is so expressive without using any words. this movie carries on the story of the Red characters very well - same snid humor. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by JennyR
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
Absolutely funny! I enjoyed Red 2 as much as I enjoyed the first movie. Would watch this movie again! Funny!!!
Published 1 day ago by Rmysoldr
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sequel better than the Original
I think this sequel was better than the original. Although it starts off full force with no introduction of characters since we should obviously know them from the first movie,... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Toni V. Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars just as good as the first
But with the wonderful additions of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins. Twists and turns and deeds of derring-do. Let's hear it for the 50 plus crowd! Read more
Published 1 day ago by marie a
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd
as good as the first red with excitment through the entire movie bruce willis is great in this one also
Published 1 day ago by Bryan Kecks
5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel
It's hard to find a more engaging cast than this one. If you liked "Red", you'll love "Red 2". I sure did.
Published 2 days ago by C. Allman
1.0 out of 5 stars LIke the move BUT.....
I want the movie on my hard drive, i bought it so it belongs to me. I hate the fact that I have to download it everytime i want to watch, which is a problem in countries like... Read more
Published 2 days ago by lamech williams
3.0 out of 5 stars First Better
The first red was better, although this was a very entertaining movie I felt like they just tried to one up the first.
Published 2 days ago by Todd Zoila
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