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Film review: Red 2

On August 28, 2013

By Sophia Whitfield

Red 2 is the action-comedy sequel to the 2010 hit about retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis). Frank is enjoying his retirement with Sarah Ross (Mary Louise Parker), but Sarah is worried that he is becoming complacent and life is a little too boring for a man of action. Thankfully Frank’s former partner Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) comes to Sarah’s rescue as he draws Frank back into the fold in another daring adventure. The former crew reunite in a mission that takes them from Paris, to London and Moscow.

Anthony Hopkins plays Edward Bailey, the genius scientist and inventor of the deadly Nightshade. Frank and his crew must rescue him from his secure prison, but Frank’s life is now in danger as his former associate, Victoria (Helen Mirren), has been given the task of assassinating him. As Frank, Marvin and Sarah travel the globe they meet up with Frank’s old flame, Russian spy Katja (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Frank must complete his mission despite the obstacles that Victoria and Katja present.

This sequel is not far from its original and has the added bonus of featuring Anthony Hopkins. Mirren is the top draw card with her humour spot on. The film could have done with a little more of Mirren.

Red 2 is released in Australian cinemas today.

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