If you saw RED, then you know what to expect from RED 2: the same thing just with slightly less plausibility. Luckily, no one is going to see RED 2 for plausibility. They are going because it’s amusing to watch this cast of big names cartwheel between action scenes. This is particularly true in the case of Mary-Louise Parker, who has crazy eyes and a great mouth and generally looks like a fun person to have around. Her exuberant fish out of water character is a solid source of off-kilter enjoyment.
There is a story to RED 2. Some of it is engaging. John Malkovich is a good sport. Catherine Zeta Jones appears to have been replaced by a reasonably good latex replica of herself. Koren actor Byung-hun Lee made a lasting impression, but I don’t remember what it was.
RED 2 wasn’t as ambitious as many of this summer’s other pictures and, consequently, was far less of a let down. You want to watch things blow up in between comic scenes with exaggerated characters? Boom. RED 2 is for you. In attempting to do nothing but entertain, it succeeds adequately.
Yep. If you share my weakness for Mary-Louise Parker and have decent eyewear, then perhaps you will also find RED 2 completely visible. If not, you will probably see less of it.