Netflix UK film review: Red 2
James Butlin | On 08, Dec 2013Reading time: 2 mins
Director: Dean Parisot
Cast: Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman
Watch Red 2 online in the UK: Netflix UK / TalkTalk TV / iTunes / Prime Video (Buy/Rent) / Google Play / Sky Store
The first Red film more or less managed to sell itself with images of Helen Mirren firing a range of long-range weaponry alongside the all-star cast of oldies Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich. The result was a hit and miss affair that overall managed to be a fun ride with some of Hollywood’s finest, but it just wasn’t quite fun enough.
The second outing unfortunately manages to provide much of the same. It’s always enjoyable watching Helen Mirren as a badass or John Malkovich going kooky. There’s just something great about watching Helen Mirren dispatching a batch of villains in any number of ways, while still speaking the Queen’s English. Bruce Willis (as lead character Frank Moses) just manages to look stale and uninterested, which provides a sore note alongside the other two leads who look to be having a whale of a time.
In addition to the three returning stars, Mary-Louise Parker and Brian Cox (not the professor) are also back for more. There are the new additions of Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones as well, both of which add a little extra to the already tasty formula.
A number of well-worked action scenes keep the excitement levels on point – the film crosses continents as they bounce from the USA, to London, to Russia (not necessarily in that order) – but while most of the cast look to be having a great time here, Bruce Willis’ sarcastic tones and blunt humour are starting to feel a little bit too real.
Red 2 is available on Netflix UK, as part of an £8.99 monthly subscription.