With Red 2, the sequel to underrated action comedy, we find retired black-ops agent Frank Moses reuniting again with his group of presumably over-the-hill operatives who must track down a missing nuclear device before it causes unthinkable destruction. Dean Parisot's Red 2 is a serviceable sequel to its predecessor but it lacks the uniqueness and overall story needed to make it something special. Like most sequels, Red 2 attempts to expand its story and become much more epic in scope. With this film, we follow our heroes all over the world but with the scale, the film feels much more convoluted and generic than its predecessor. All of the talent effectively slips back into their roles, with John Malkovich and Helen Mirren once again providing a lot of the comedic relief. Anthony Hopkins is a fun addition as well, and the twist that unfolds following his character was somewhat surprising. The character dynamics between Frank Moses and Sarah Ross are pretty much the exact same, with Sarah being routinely thrown into situations where she is completely in over her head. Red 2 isn't a bad film by any means, but the sequel just feels terribly by-the-numbers not really doing much to make it a stand alone success.
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