Two older movies today. Doesn’t matter as they are about older people, so we’re coming full circle now. 🙂
Frank (Bruce Willis) is retired, bored, and lonely living off his government pension in a nondescript suburb in an equally nondescript house. The only joy in Frank’s life is his calls to the government pension processing center when he gets to talk to his case worker, Sarah (Mary-Louis Parker). Sarah is as bored and lonely as Frank and marks her conversations with the unknown Frank and her spy novels as the only things fun in her life. When something in Frank’s past forces Frank back into his old line of work and puts an unwitting Sarah in the middle of the intrigue, Frank and Sarah begin a journey into Frank’s past and the people he used to work with. Like Frank they are all RED … Retired Extremely Dangerous.
See what you can do with good ingredients and mix them perfectly: A truly entertaining movie like RED.
Screenplay: A bit nonsensical but solidly funny.
Cast: Best of the best. Although Malkovich steals every scene he’s in and Hopkins takes the others to acting school. Mirren is the most sexy, yet dignified granny ever and Parker is just cute. Freeman? Yes, he was in it as well, giving us his usual Freeman. Same as Willis was the same Willis as in so many other movies. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Production: Very solid.
Direction: Solid. Refreshingly easy to follow and grasp and we know where we are at any time. This ain’t a flick for the Fast and Furious crowd.
Action: Solid. With the right stunt people these old geezers can still kick the one or other ass.
It’s probably the greatest achievement of RED that it knows what it is and doesn’t try to be anything different. A rom-com spy “thriller” with old people.
Retired CIA agent Frank Moses is in love with Sarah Ross and enjoying their normal life. Out of the blue, Marvin Boggs meets Frank in the supermarket and tells that Wikileaks has released the information that they had participated and know the whereabouts of the Nightshade, a portable nuclear weapon that was smuggled in pieces and hidden in Russia. Now the top agents in the world are under contract to seek them out to discover where Nightshade is. The trio travels to Paris and teams-up with the Russian Katja to track down the former Russian Agent ‘The Frog’ to get more information about the operation. They learn that the brilliant inventor Dr. Edward Bailey might know where the weapon is. They discover that Bailey has been interned in an asylum in London by the MI-6 for thirty-two years and the British Victoria joins the team. They rescue Bailey and find that the nuclear device is hidden in the Kremlin. Soon the dangerous South Korean Han joins the group expecting to retrieve the weapon. But dangerous killer Jack Horton is hunting Frank down and will not stop until he recovers the nuclear bomb.
RED 2 is just like RED + Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung-Hun Lee who both got a bit wrinkly around the peepers as well. I think the jokes were a bit forced in this one and Malkovich’s crazy overused. The screenplay banked on his ability to garble up every scene a bit too much, while Parker was reduced to comedian sidekick. Her love affair with Willis was already unbelievable in the first movie, why did they had to enforce it in this one?
The unnecessary Parker also got too much screentime and the whole plot was a bit cobbled together. Still a very solid effort and much better than most of the overhyped shit for youngsters. This is robust unpretentious oldstyle storytelling. Of course we can nag about some illogical stuff but we don’t see glaring plot holes as in The Last Jedi or sumsuch megabusters.
RED 2 wasn’t a necessary sequel but we still had lots of fun watching it. Highly recommended viewing for rainy afternoons or sunny days or whenever you got some time to kill.