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Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a
missing, next-generation lethal device that can change the balance of world power. To succeed, they'll
need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials,
all eager to get their hands on the technologically advanced super 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 world -- and stay alive in the
Action Comedy - Like the first film, this is a star-studded ensemble action comedy,
with a number of other recognizable stars joining the main returning
cast of Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and Mary-Louise
Parker. Fans of Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones may be
disappointed by their fairly limited screen time in comparison to
others. Violence, language, and some adult subject matter make the
film too intense for young children.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average The film has its charms but the end result feels like warmed-over James Bond… and not even especially good 007, at that.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average As for me, I did my homework and watched the original "RED." It was just as stupid as this movie, yet I liked it a little more.
Washington PostFull Review Below Average Sequels are, for the most part, inherently stale, so it's no shock the luster has faded in "Red 2." The bigger surprise is just how clunky and unsatisfying this follow-up feels.
NY PostFull Review Poor Though it promises to be a lighthearted romp about active senior living, the AARP spy flick "RED 2" winds up being more like a subversive plea for the relative joys of death...
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
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Based on a theater exit polling of 143moviegoers:
TEENS:A very high percentage of the males and females loved "Red 2." All the remaining reviews indicated an above average movie.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:About half the males and females enjoyed "Red 2" very much with some loving it. The remaining half rated it average, which is a little disappointing but not bad.
ADULTS:Great Reviews! Both males and females loved "Red 2." Only a small percentage rated it as low as "average."
Former CIA black ops agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) has spent his life dealing with bad guys.
Hand-to-hand combat, diplomatic intrigue, jumping out of moving things, are his tools of the trade. Only
when it came to a burgeoning relationship with Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) did things get shaky for
Frank is now content in their quiet life but Sarah is worried that he hasn't killed anyone in
months and that things are getting a little stale between them. She wants to mix things up a little so that
their lives are filled with adventure, romance and danger -- things they can do as a couple.
Sarah is about to get her wish to "be one of the guys" and Frank learns that keeping the girl is a
lot more work than getting the girl and while saving the world can be hard, relationships are ridiculously
Frank and his
old partner Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich)are still in the not-so-sedate life of retirement, but are now being
dragged into a whirlwind as a next generation weapon -- Nightshade -- from the Cold War that went
missing on Frank and Marvin's watch has apparently resurfaced. And everyone now thinks that the two of
them know its whereabouts. MI6 has given Frank and Marvin's buddy, deadly sharpshooter Victoria
(Helen Mirren) a contract to eliminate the duo. In addition, a corrupt U.S. official (Neal McDonough) is
sending another contract killer Han (Byung Hun Lee) after them which is music to Han's ears, since he has
an old score to settle with Frank.
Their mission has them hop scotching the globe from London to Paris to Moscow where they
cross paths with Frank's old flame Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and all of them are trying find a long-ago
locked away genius scientist Edward Bailey (Anthony Hopkins) who might be able to unravel the mystery
of Nightshade, save themselves and save the world.