RED was a surprisingly entertaining action-comedy (and lucrative box office hit) based on a relatively obscure comic book, and so this summer we’re getting RED 2. The sequel features an original story concocted by the screenwriters on the first movie, Erich and Jon Hoeber, but it continues to follow the (mis)adventures of retired and extremely dangerous ex-secret operatives, played by Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Dame Helen Mirren.
This time, as the newly-reased trailer spells out, the stakes are higher, as the RED agents must protect both themselves and, literally, millions of people who could be killed by a doomsday weapon. However, once the no-nonsense Frank (Willis), the erratic Marvin (Malkovich) and sophisticated Victoria (Mirren) get involved, it spells trouble for the whipper-snapper criminals and terrorists behind the plot.
Joining the fun for a second round is Mary Louise-Parker as Frank’s girlfriend, with the new additions of Oscar-winner Anthony Hopkins (Thor: The Dark World) as the mad inventor responsible for creating the aforementioned MacGuffin/deadly bomb, Byung-hun Lee (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) as a younger operative, and Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Side Effects) as Frank’s old flame/accomplice.
Have a look at the RED 2 character posters in the gallery below:
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RED 2 looks to deliver as much action as expected, while also (noticeably) ramping up the comedy quotient from its predecessor. Indeed, between the newly-released full trailer and the original teaser trailer, the marketing has noticeably leaned towards getting the idea across that the sequel will provide more ridiculous fun and excitement than the first installment.
That emphasis on comedy makes sense, given that Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) is sitting in the director’s chair – having replaced Robert Schwentke (R.I.P.D.) from the first movie – but it could also mean this installment lacks that fine balance of thrills, laughs and heart found in the first movie. Moreover, there’s a risk that the Hoebers’ attempt to make RED into a franchise may end up feeling too much like grasping at straws (remember, these guys also wrote Battleship).
On the positive side, Parisot’s good-natured parody/love letter to Star Trek in Galaxy Quest suggests he’s up to the challenges presented by the RED sequel; at the least, Hopkins and Zeta-Jones seem to be having a lot of fun, riffing on their famous screen personas as, respectively, the mad genius and gorgeous-but-deadly type in the sequel.
RED 2 opens in U.S. theaters on July 19th, 2013.
Source: Yahoo! Movies