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Movie Review: 'Red 2'

Red 2

Starring: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins
Directed by Dean Parisot
Rated PG-13


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?

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'Red' Director To Have His 'Finest Hours' With Disney

We all have certain affections for certain cinematic tropes.  As for me, I just love movies about old phogies who have to dig their weapons out of the gutter and fight just one more time.  So, you can guess how bonkers I went over Red when it came out and how much I'm looking forward to Red 2, which comes out in July.  Now, the director of Red has the chance to flex his cinematic muscles, for a new Disney film called The Finest Hours.

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'R.E.D. 2' Adds Harry Potter Alum David Thewlis

Before director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) gets rolling on RED 2, his bosses at Summit Entertainment have provided him with another big name to add to his roster of stars.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Thewlis, best known as Remus Lupin to Harry Potter fans, will join Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the ensemble action comedy.  Thewlis has joined the cast as a character called “The Frog”.

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Dean Parisot to Helm ‘Red’ Sequel

Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) may not be one of Hollywood’s better known directors, but that could be changing very soon.  That’s because he has nailed the coveted gig of helming the RED sequel.  Robert Schwentke, who directed the first film, apparently got the boot when it was realized that his schedule couldn’t deliver this film for Summit Entertainment’s planned August 2, 2013 release date.  Details are still coming in, but according to THR, it’s expected that the core cast of Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman should return. 

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'Ender's Game', 'Red 2' & Others Nab Release Dates

Finding out the theatrical release dates of new movies can be almost as exciting as the movies themselves, almost.  Yesterday, one of my favorite movie sites, not named Get the Big, posted dates for some of Summit's upcoming movies, such as the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's sci-fi tale Ender's Game, the sequel to Red and a movie reunion for Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson.

Here are three of the other films headed our way from Summit.

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