IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1821694/
IMDB Rating: 6.8
IMDB Blurb: Retired C.I.A. agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.
The best part about Red 2 is that while it carries over the characters from the first movie, Red [IMDB Link], you can very easily watch this movie without even having an inkling of what the first movie was all about. This story is a seamless one without absolutely any connection to the earlier one.
Frank Moses (Bruce Willis, reprising his role from Red), retired CIA agent is trying to rebuild his retired life with the love of his life Sarah (Mary Louise Parker) when his serene homemaker life is shaken up by the apparent assassination of his good friend and colleague Marvin (John Malkovich). At Marvin’s funeral, Frank is arrested by the CIA on charges of being part of a secret mission codenamed Project Nightshade during the Cold War days.
Frank manages to escape and ends up having not one but two bounties on his head, the MI-6 tasks Victoria (Helen Mirren) to take him down while the CIA hires bounty hunter Han (Lee Byung-hun) to kill Frank Moses.
The action then takes us around the world to Paris, London, Moscow and then back to London, all the while treating us to these wonderfully sequenced and choreographed action set pieces. Suffice to say that the movie does manage to keep us entertained and engaged during the entire duration of its running time.
What I personally loved about this movie is the fact that it took all these wonderful actors who we have seen beautifully portray some of the most memorable roles that we will ever get to see and lets them have fun in the spy action thriller genre. I mean, it is not every day that you get to see Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren jet setting around the world trying to save it from imminent destruction, right. And they sure as hell have a lot of fun in doing so.
Oh, and as if these wonderful talents weren’t enough, this movie has also been blessed with the awesomely talented Anthony Hopkins who plays Dr. Edward Bailey, in a wonderfully crafted and amazingly delightful role. Am not saying more here as I want the review to be spoiler free. And yes, the movie also features Catherine Zeta Jones in a reasonably extended cameo. I personally thought her make-up was so horrible that it made her look more than just grotesque.
Do watch this movie if you are a fan of the spy action thriller genre, and I promise you that it will be a fun ride throughout the movie.