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Red 2 Blu-ray Review

Red 2 Blu-ray

“Red 2” is a rushed and lazy sequel.

The first “Red” was a financially successful aging action movie star comic book movie vehicle that had its fans (I was not one of them). As a comic book adaptation, however, the movie did not remotely resemble the ultra dark Warren Ellis source material. Aside from a brief homage to the comics in the opening credits, “Red 2” once again has nothing to do with the comics. Instead, it’s a thinly plotted globe trotting sequel about a missing nuclear weapon, assassination attempts on Frank (and his girlfriend Sarah) and Marvin, and a mysterious Doctor. Oh, there’s also a plot device involving Papa John’s and an action set piece involving Pringles. No, I’m not joking.

Right off the bat, it’s evident that “Red 2” is an entirely forced, cash-in sequel. Not only is there barely a plot holding the entire movie together, but there’s also very little of merit here. The largely cringe-worthy movie is littered with filler like embarrassing attempts at humor, endless character banter, blatant star cameos, mostly dull action set pieces, and painfully stupid dialogue. Add in the fact that John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Helen Mirren and ESPECIALLY Bruce Willis look completely disinterested. This is simply a paycheck movie for all involved.

The only actors who are even giving an effort here are Byung-hun Lee (best known for the two “G.I. Joe” movies), David Thewlis, and Anthony Hopkins. Lee has the best scene in the entire film with the convenience store police beat down. Thewlis, who is one of the most underrated actors, doesn’t have a ton to do, but it’s fun to see him engaging in some shootouts. As for Hopkins, he clearly knows the script is poor and, as a result, he goes all out here with a crazy, over-the-top performance.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? It’s a fine looking transfer. The colors really pop.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD. How does it sound?  Action film fans will happy to know that this track puts the speakers to work.

Extras:
* Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment trailers.
* DVD copy and Ultraviolet digital copy.
* 5 deleted scenes.
* An unfunny gag reel.
* “The Red 2 Experience”- A 4 part documentary that covers the cast, the weapons, the spy gear and tactics, and the stunts. Definitely the most in-depth extra, but I doubt many people will be clamoring to watch extras from this movie.

Overall Thoughts: Unless you were a fan of “Red,” there’s no reason to watch “Red 2.”

December 9, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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