LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- THV 11 Film Critic Jonathan Nettles reviews the high-energy, action-comedy Red 2.
Red 2 is the sequel, obviously, to the 2010 film Red. In that film a group of "Retired, Extremely Dangerous" government assassins fight back against the CIA after they're targeted for knowing too much about an agency cover-up. The sequel brings back Bruce Willis as Frank Moses, John Malkovich as Marvin, Helen Mirren as Victoria, and Mary-Louise Parker as Frank's love interest Sarah. This time the team is forced back into action to trot the globe in search of a missing portable nuclear device. Of course, they're not the only ones after the weapon. They're being chased by relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists, and power-crazed government officials.
Just like its' predecessor Red 2 is a high-energy, action-comedy, spy-thriller that doesn't let up once it begins. Every action scene has some humor, every joke has some action. This was an exciting movie to watch and has a great ensemble cast with characters that work well together. Bruce Willis is the torn hero who has to save his relationship with Sarah as he tries to save the world; John Malkovich gives love advice as though he's a deadly Dr. Phil and only Helen Mirren can make shooting bad guys look classy and sophisticated.
Red 2 does a fine job of blending humor and action with neither one taking away from the other. About the violence and its' PG-13 rating, it's no worse than anything you'd see in a comic book movie. There is blood but it's the result of fist fighting and none of it is particularly disturbing. I would say its' fine to take your teen to but use your best judgment about the ones from 10 and up.
Also out this week, Girl Most Likely, stars Kristen Wiig as a once promising New York playwright who promise has fizzled. After losing her boyfriend she fakes her own death to win him back. It backfires and is out into the custody of her gambling addict mother (played by Annette Bening) where she is forced to deal with her family, who helps her find her place in the world.
The Conjuring is a scary movie. It's been labeled as the scariest movie ever. I'll never know for sure because I won't be watching it. Scary movies scare me. It's rated-R by the MPAA simply because it's just scary.
Ryan Reynolds is the star of two films this weekend, in the first R.I.P.D. He plays a supernatural cop from the 'Rest In Peace Department' dispatched to protect the living from an increasingly destructive array of souls who refuse to move into the after-life. In Turbo he voices the main character, a snail that dreams of becoming the fastest snail in the world and gets his wish through a freak accident and decided to take on real, race cars.
I should point out that R.I.P.D. is directed by Robert Schwenke, who directed Red. It's possible that he will lose out at the box office to the sequel to his own movie.