RED 2: A DVD REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

Just a wee rehashing of the review here – the lovely people at Entertainment One Hopscotch have offered us 5X copies of the film RED 2 to giveaway on DVD. RED 2 is releasing to DVD and BLU RAY this WED 8th of January., is rated M and runs for 116mins. Suss after Dara’s review for details on how to enter the comp!

Big thanks to Salty Kernel, Dara Shashoua on her review of RED 2. Both Dara and Cody reviewed this one but while they agreed on certain parts of the film, namely Catherine Zeta Jones, Dara was more of a fan and I felt this review represented the film better for the target audience. Personally I was not a fan of the first one, but my parents LOVED it. And honestly, as Dara opens her review, Helen Mirren as a gun toting assassin will sell it for me every time. Enjoy Dara’s Salty review.

 

Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox, Neal McDonough, Warren Ellis, Cully Hamner, Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber, Dean Parisot, Dara Shashoua, Cody Sheehan, Red 2, Red 2 Review
RED 2 – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Helen Mirren as a multiple gun toting professional assassin wearing couture.

That should be enough to sell you this movie. Seriously.

Oh, and John Malkovich as a paranoid ex CIA who constantly believes that there is someone after him, and is usually right.  And he likes to blow stuff up.

So, they got the band back together and added a few more faces for RED 2, and I have to say as far as sequels go this is just as good, if not better than the original. Inspired by the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner,  Red stands for Retired, Extremely Dangerous.

 

Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox, Neal McDonough, Warren Ellis, Cully Hamner, Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber, Dean Parisot, Dara Shashoua, Cody Sheehan, Red 2, Red 2 Review
RED 2 – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

The film begins with Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) and girlfriend Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) shopping in Costco, just like any normal couple.  Until Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) appears through some shelving to inform Frank that they (the CIA) are coming for them.  Frank is really attempting to have a ‘normal’ life and tries to ignore Marvin.  Meanwhile Sarah comes over, overhears the conversation and tries to push Frank back into the field but he is having none of it.  From this point the story really begins.

 

Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox, Neal McDonough, Warren Ellis, Cully Hamner, Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber, Dean Parisot, Dara Shashoua, Cody Sheehan, Red 2, Red 2 Review
RED 2 – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Just like in RED there are people who wish to kill Frank and Marvin over Operation Nightshade that they partook in many years ago. This time it was a nuclear bomb that has been reassembled in Moscow with the threat of it exploding and starting World War 3 or 4 or whatever we are up to…..

Having been involved in Operation Nightshade a kill order has been sent out for Frank and Marvin, they are informed of this through a phone call from Victoria (Helen Mirren) whilst she is disposing of two dead bodies with acid in a glitzy hotel room wearing couture. Meanwhile top contract killer Han Cho-Bai (Byung Hun Lee) has also been hired to kill Frank as well.

 

Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox, Neal McDonough, Warren Ellis, Cully Hamner, Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber, Dean Parisot, Dara Shashoua, Cody Sheehan, Red 2, Red 2 Review
RED 2 – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Frank and Marvin’s mission many years ago involved the crazy mad scientist Dr Edward Bailey (Anthony Hopkins), having found out that he is still alive and living in an insane asylum for 32 years. They then fly to Paris to attempt to make contact with ‘The Frog’ which is where they are intercepted by Russian spy Katya (Catherine Zeta Jones) who had a brief dalliance with Frank many years ago.

So, whilst trying to dodge the kill order and the assassin Han the guys have to also save the world from the impending nuclear bomb that is set to go off under Moscow.  Of course there are a few twists and turns on the way.

 

Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox, Neal McDonough, Warren Ellis, Cully Hamner, Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber, Dean Parisot, Dara Shashoua, Cody Sheehan, Red 2, Red 2 Review
RED 2 – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

I think the reason that these films are so enjoyable is one simple word.  Fun.

I sit and giggle like a kid when I watch them, I have also been known to maybe fist pump when something awesome happens.  But it’s also the actors, they look liked they had fun whilst making the film.  I’m not going to lie, the novelty of watching Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Anthony Hopkins as crazy spies just does not get old for me.  There is one standout scene where they need to break into the insane asylum so Victoria has to create a diversion and she pretends to be the Queen of England, which we all know that she was….

I have to admit the one let down was Catherine Zeta Jones, she was way over spray tanned and her accent was I believe meant to be American even though she was a Russian spy. It makes me wonder was she ever really good?  She was great in Chicago but I can’t really remember any other film that she good in.

 

Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung Hun Lee, Brian Cox, Neal McDonough, Warren Ellis, Cully Hamner, Erich Hoeber, Jon Hoeber, Dean Parisot, Dara Shashoua, Cody Sheehan, Red 2, Red 2 Review
RED 2 – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

The performances are hilarious, the action sequences border on ridiculous and the one liners, well, they make the film.  I think the friendship between Frank and Marvin is just divine.

If you liked RED then you will love RED 2, great movie to be seen by both sexes as there is something for everyone.

 

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With special thanks to ENTERTAINMENT ONE HOPSCOTCH to win one of the 5 x copies of the DVD of RED 2 you need to Tweet us @saltypopcornau with the hashtag #REDWIN the answer to the following question:

What is the best spy film of all time and why? (remember 140 characters only :) ) 

If you do not have Twitter then you can put it on our Facebook wall – the links are on the Salty home page so you can get there. Or if you still have my email address then go for it.

The prizes will be sent in the next week or two after receiving from Hopscotch. Good luck! Oh, and minor housekeeping – huge apologies for overseas readers, this competition is only available to Australian residents.