Ready for a second session of mayhem and gunplay? Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray sequel "Red 2" out now from Lionsgate / Summit Home Entertainment. We keep bullet score and review accordingly below!
Title: "Red 2"
Grade: 3 1/2
Cast: Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary Louise-Parker
Director: Dean Parisot
Runtime: 116 minutes
Release Company: Lionsgate / Summit Home Entertainment
The Flick: I was fully expecting to hate "Red 2," but a strange thing happened...I dug it. Not only does it have everything from a seriously cool ass kicking, gun-toting Helen Mirren to a scene with BOTH Hannibal Lector’s Brian Cox and Anthony Hopkins, but it frankly tops the original with style and action that rocks. (The addition of Byung Hun Lee adds a shot of nitroglycerine!) To boot everyone here looks like they’re having one hell of a time and adds an even more comedy then the first go around with one exception – Bruce Willis. Stoic, unmovable and stiff as a board, Willis unfortunately sucks the comedic lifeblood out of almost every scene he’s in. And amidst a flick with style, substance and one hell of a star-studded cast, Willis’s work is about as welcome and warm as a turd in a swimming pool. What happened to the fun filled days of David Addison and Bruno? Even the joyful Hudson Hawk would give his ho-hum turn a thumbs down.
Best Feature: 'The Red 2 Experience' uses equal film flash to cover everything from the weapons to the cast – at least everyone is talking!
Best Hidden Gem: The disc’s 'Gag Reel' only makes my point even more poignant – Willis looks miserable. (And yes Bruce – it shows!)
Worth the Moola: Amidst an uninspired Willis phoning it in, "Red 2" is a sweet second helping of the good stuff.