With comics being the new go to place for source material for Hollywood these days you never know which series will make to the big screen. Usually the lesser known titles don’t get the quality production or budget that they may deserve, but DC Comics RED from creators Cully Hammer and Warren Eillis not only got the budget and release but the A-list cast to go along with it. With the success of the 2010 film it came as no surprise that a sequel was coming, but does it capture the same fun magic of the original or will it just be a mission for cash?
RED 2 follows a retired C.I.A. agent who reunites his team of operatives that set out on a global mission across the globe to track down a missing nuclear device and clear their names. This latest entry brings the entire original cast back with the obvious exception of Morgan Freeman as well as new additions including Byung-hun Lee, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Anthony Hopkins. With this line-up and an already established series this should have been an easy knock out of the park, but while it’s entertaining it doesn’t work quite as good as the original. The story works well enough, giving a decent enough reason to get the gang back together. There is plenty of well-placed and fun to watch action, but they seemed to play this film more for the laughs. In the original the humor felt more natural with here it seemed a bit forced at times. Once the film gets going it loosens up a bit more and ended up being a lot of fun. Byung-hun Lee really steals the show with some of the best action sequence and one of the more interesting additions to this entry.
This is a decent entry, but nowhere near as great as the original. If they had spent a little more time developing this film it could have worked a lot better. It’s not a bad movie; you just go in with higher expectations from the original that this film just doesn’t quite live up too. Everyone in this film is still fun to watch bounce off of each other and seeing them in action makes the whole thing worthwhile. If you were a fan of the original then give this one a shot for no other reason than to see these guys back in action. In addition to the film this Blu-ray also features a gag reel, deleted scenes and a multi-part documentary.