Now comes Red 2, minus the estimable Mr. Freeman, and the surprise element is gone. We already know the principal players and the overall idea. This time the focus is on Willis trying to shield his naïve Midwestern sweetie (Mary-Louise Parker) from danger—while she wants to be in on the excitement. We also meet several new characters: a lethal killing machine played by Korean star Byung-hun Lee, a slinky Russian agent played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, and a British scientist played by Anthony Hopkins who created a fearsome nuclear weapon that’s the subject of the current storyline.
Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber devised the screenplay, as they did three years ago for Red, which became something of a sleeper success. There’s no shortage of action in this follow-up, with fights, chases, bullets flying, glass shattering, and things blowing up. But I felt the movie was trying too hard, and I simply lost interest.