Old people demonstrate that they can be ultra-violent too, in the comedy action sequel "Red 2."
Unable to compete with the current youth-targeted Marvel juggernauts, the folks at DC Comics seem to be shooting for the more seasoned demographic in this second installment about a group of semi-retired international Bond- and Bourne-like black-ops spies that includes many ages and both sexes.
Pussy-whipped Bruce Willis, his spy-in-training girlfriend Mary-Louise Parker, the cranky and paranoid John Malkovich, the be-banged Russian Catherine Zeta-Jones, the gloriously-ripped, grudge-management poster ninja Byung Hun Lee, the forever-psychotic Anthony Hopkins and the beautifully bad-assed Helen Mirren span the globe from Hong Kong to Russia then Paris and London to outwit assassins and terrorist and iron out a remaining Cold War wrinkle.
Being blasé about slaughter makes the franchise funny, but the conceit, like its solid stars, grows old quickly. The script is by Jon and Erich Hoeber; they keep it zippy, with retorts such as, "Please don’t tell me you’re crashing with a weapon of mass destruction," and "What happens in the Kremlin stays in the Kremlin." The pair also writes for specific side arms, as revealed in "The ’Red 2’ Experience" multi-part documentary.
In addition to the weaponry extra, spy gear and tactics, the cast and stunts are also explored in the special features, alongside deleted scenes and a gag reel. But seeing Dame Mirren shoot inside the Iranian embassy; shoeless in seamed stockings atop a grassy knoll; and double-fisted from a laser blue Lotus Exige is all any viewer really needs.
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