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Dean Parisot
Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Anthony Hopkins, Mary-Louise Parker
Writing Credits:
Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber

Retired CIA agent Frank Moses reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device.

Box Office:
$84 million.
Opening Weekend
$18,048,422 on 3016 Screens.
Domestic Gross

Rated PG-13

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
English Dolby Atmos
Spanish Dolby 5.1
French Dolby 5.1
English Descriptive Audio
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 116 min.
Price: $22.99
Release Date: 9/5/2017

• “The Red 2 Experience” Documentary
• Gag Reel
• Deleted Scenes
• Previews
• Blu-ray Copy


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Red 2 [4K UHD] (2013)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (September 6, 2017)

While 2010’s Red didn’t dominate the box office, it eked out enough business to prompt a sequel. Thus we get 2013’s Red 2, a more expensive – and less successful – effort that appears to have ended the franchise.

In the first flick, retired CIA Agent Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) came out of retirement to protect a civilian named Sarah Ross (Mary-Elizabeth Parker). As Red 2 opens, we find those two amidst a happy life as a couple.

Frank needs to go back into action when he hears from his former colleague Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich). Frank learns that a portable nuclear device called “Nightshade” may end up in the wrong hands, so along with the assistance of others, Frank and pals try to guarantee its security.

As one who really enjoyed the first Red, I looked forward to Red 2. It brought back most of the original film’s stars and added Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones – what could go wrong?

While nothing goes horribly awry with Red 2, the movie simply lacks the same loose charm and energy of its predecessor. It throws plenty of action and intrigue at us, but these component don’t boast a great deal of vivacity.

That means Red 2 tends to feel like “empty calories”. Whereas its predecessor managed a little meaning among the mayhem, the sequel seems more like action for action’s sake.

Not that it doesn’t attempt a theme of sorts, mainly via the Frank/Sarah connection. In a modest manner, Red 2 attempts to use its story as an exploration of relationship issues.

And I do mean modest. This concept crops up when the filmmakers need it, but the topic doesn’t present a lot of depth or meaning.

Red 2 does rely on Sarah much more than the first film did, and that becomes its biggest flaw. In Red, Sarah acted as the audience proxy – she gave us a “regular person” view of all the insanity and helped keep the movie grounded.

In the sequel, however, Sarah turns into a massive liability, mainly because the film makes her childish and immature. Half the time Sarah acts like a moron, and the other half she behaves like a vindictive witch.

Neither characterization suits her, and Sarah ends up as a whiny nuisance. Parker offered charm and verve to Reds, but in the sequel, she annoys.

The other actors fare better, but none of them seem as much fun as they did in the prior flick. While I won’t claim they’re punching the lock here, they simply don’t show the same sense of involvement this time.

None of these factors make Red 2 an actual bad film, as it musters enough action and excitement to keep us with it across its 116 minutes. The movie packs in a nice collection of violent sequences – especially when we see Byong-hun Lee as Frank’s primary nemesis.

These scenes give us some entertainment, but they’re not enough to fully redeem Red 2. It lacks the spark found in the first movie, so it winds up as a fairly mediocre adventure.

The Blu-ray Grades: Picture A-/ Audio A-/ Bonus C

Red 2 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this 4K UHD disc. Though the first film came with a lackluster visual presentation, the sequel looked great.

This meant consistently sold definition. Virtually no softness cropped up here, so we got a tight, concise image. Moiré effects and jaggies failed to manifest, and I saw no signs of edge haloes or print flaws. Like the first film, though, this one did seem grainier than usual.

Like most action flicks, Red 2 went heavy on teal and amber. Within those choices, the colors appeared well-rendered. Blacks seemed dark and dense, while shadows were smooth and clear. This turned into a wholly satisfying image.

In addition, the film’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack boasted high-powered thrills. With plenty of violent action on display, the soundfield – downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1 on my system - enjoyed many opportunities to shine, and it took good advantage of these.

In particular, car chases added a lot of fun movement and activity, as those scenes filled the channels in a vivid manner. Gunfire and explosions added to the mayhem, and all of this combined for a winning soundscape.

Audio quality matched up well, with natural, concise speech. Music sounded full and rich, while effects appeared accurate and dynamic, with deep low-end to boot. The audio helped add zing to the proceedings.

How does the 4K UHD release compare to the Blu-ray version? The Atmos soundtrack adds a bit more kick and depth, while the visuals show moderate benefits.

This means the 4K disc displays superior definition, blacks, contrast and color reproduction. I feel a bit distracted by the more prominent grain of the 4K, but I still think it offers the superior rendition of the film.

A few extras fill out the set, and a four-part documentary called The Red 2 Experience launches matters. It lasts a total of 34 minutes, 41 seconds and offers comments from director Dean Parisot, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, screenwriters Eric and Jon Hoeber, stunt coordinator/2nd unit director Paul Jennings, and actors Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Byung-hun Lee.

The program looks at cast/characters/performances, story areas, weapons, vehicles, stunts and action, influences, and Parisot’s influence on the production. “Experience” offers a decent look at the film but it lacks much depth. It tends toward the fluffy side of the street, so don’t expect a ton of insights here.

Five Deleted Scenes take up a total of four minutes, 27 seconds. Two of them actually offer alternate versions of the same sequence, one in which Victoria finds a way through security.

Another shows the death of a military character and how Han came into the proceedings – along with the Victoria scene(s), that’s the best of the bunch. The others give us basic “shoe leather” and lack much of interest. Still, two and a half good cut sequences is better than average – most deleted scenes are snoozers, so I’m happy some of these have merit.

In addition to the film’s trailer, a Gag Reel goes for four minutes, 24 seconds. It offers a standard array of goofs and laughs, though it comes with more profanity than most.

A second disc presents a Blu-ray copy of Red 2. It includes the same extras as the 4K.

After the fun thrills of Red, I hoped Red 2 would present another lively ride. Unfortunately, the sequel lacks the chemistry and excitement of the original, so it gives us a watchable but spotty adventure. The 4K UHD release presents strong picture and audio as well as mediocre supplements. Red 2 becomes a perfunctory action experience, but this 4K disc turns into the best version of it on the market.

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