‘Red 2’ plays up the fun
The 2010 sleeper hit “Red” felt refreshing and paid as much attention to the comedy as to the action, but the luster has faded in a clunky and unsatisfying “Red 2.”
CIA retiree Frank (Bruce Willis) has returned to the quiet life, shopping at Costco with his girlfriend, Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker). As he attempts to embrace the joys of the ’burbs, she’s despondent, craving adventure. Luckily, Frank’s quirky former partner, conspiracy theorist Marvin (John Malkovich), appears with a new plan in mind. They end up traveling to Paris, Moscow and London trying to discern the meaning of Operation Nightshade.
New enemies have cropped up to take the three heroes down, including expert contract killer Han, sadistic Jack and even their old friend Victoria (Helen Mirren). To spice things up, Catherine Zeta-Jones materializes to play Frank’s ex-paramour. Anthony Hopkins shows up in the role of an institutionalized scientist.
The plot is busy, and so’s the action.
The DVD and Blu-ray (Summit, $30-$40) include deleted scenes.
Colin Covert says: Stupidity isn’t a virtue, but it can be amusing, sometimes even endearing. How else to explain my fondness for “Red 2,” an action comedy delivering dumb fun by the ton?
Also out Tuesday
Movies: “The Canyons,” “Getaway,” “Jobs.”
TV: “Bill Cosby: Far From Finished,” “Breaking Bad” (final season), “Diagnosis Murder” (Season 6), “Impractical Jokers” (Season 1), “Murdoch Mysteries” (Season 6), “Mystery Science Theater 3000: 25th Anniversary Edition.”
Blu-ray: “The Horror Show,” “Knightriders.”
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