Starring: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins
Whether we want them to be or not, sequels are going to be in our lives until they literally stop making movies. And with big films, particularly with summer films, anything with an original arc that is going to cost a studio a couple of bucks is an will continue to be, a dying breed. I don’t mind sequels, for the most part. Sure some of them make you scratch your head in confusion as to whey they are being made but some end up actually improving upon the original in some way. Red, a film that came out in 2010 and carried with it the distinction of being that movie where Helen Mirren plays an assassin did better than anyone expected it to. I liked Red. I walked into it only because I wanted to kill a couple of hours and lets face it, it had a good quality cast. I walked out pleasantly surprised. So when I started seeing promotional stuff for Red 2, I thought, “Well, I can get on board with this”. I walked out of Red 2 with a completely different reaction than Red. That reaction you might ask…”f**k this”.
Yes, Red 2 squanders away any and all goodwill left by its predecessor. Squander might be too lax of a word, it annihilates with hurricane level 5 forces, any and all goodwill left by its predecessor. Is it the actors fault? Yes. Is it the director’s fault? Yes. Is it the scripts fault? Yes. I don’t know if I can find really anything good to say about Red 2. Sure I’ll try as this reviews carries on, but I may be sitting at my computer for a while trying to find that positive spin. Oh wait…I found one. I’m not sitting in a theater watching Red 2 anymore. That’s positive right?