I caught the preview of RED 2 on Monday thanks to Omy.sg and goodness, I was thoroughly entertained! RED 2 (which stands for Retired and Extremely Dangerous 2), while not fresher, was unequivocally fiercer than RED whose box office performance had probably surprised many. With a seemingly has-been (but stellar) cast comprising Bruce Willis (as Frank Moses), Helen Mirren (as Victoria Winslow) and John Malkovich (as Marvin Boggs), how much hotter could RED 2 get? Well, very.
Tapping on the secrecy of CIA, MI6 and KGB (which is the stuff of most decent spy thrillers), RED 2 spares no effort in packing the movie with action and humour to our delight. This time round, after kicking the ass of CIA in the previous installment, Frank and gang get involved with a nuclear weapon which brings them and us to the beautiful cities of Paris, London and Moscow. It is absolute pleasure watching them rely on their wits and teamwork to get out of “worst case scenario” situations which leave us breathless. A good movie does exactly this – it stretches our imagination and converts possibilities into dramatic visuals.
Bruce Willis is the uncanny action hero who makes ridiculous stuff seem possible because he executes them with such calmness.
Helen Mirren is the unexpectedly foxy wetwork specialist who exudes coolness amidst chaos.
John Malkovich’s kookiness provides many comic moments which keep the movie a light-hearted adventure, while new cast Anthony Hopkins (as Dr Edward Bailey) and Lee Byung-Hun (as Han Jo-Bae) add depth to the psychological and physical dimensions.
And yes, Mary-Louise Parker (as Sarah Ross) and Catherine Zeta-Jones (as Katya) continue to be amazingly gorgeous at their age.
Here's the official trailer to give you some sneak peeks of what the movie entails:
The screenplay is well-paced and fun-filled, and the experience is amplified by the cinematic quality at Shaw Lido. You know it is worth the money when you exit the cinema and everyone else is smiling along with you. Old school rocks!!!