Review: RED 2

So far this year, Bruce Willis has starred in two action sequels which take place in Russia.  The first, A Good Day to Die Hard, was a joyless mess of a film to which I gave an overly generous review.  It wasn’t bad, per se, but it was bland and uninteresting, and seemed to have no concept of the films that had come before it.  The second, RED 2, fares considerably better, staying true to the spirit of the original while adding new characters and despite having a new director.

After the events of the first film, Frank (Bruce Willis) is trying to settle back into the quiet routine of retired life, along with his girlfriend Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker).  He hasn’t killed anyone in months, and the two spend their days shopping for deals at Costco.   Continue reading