RED 2 [2013] (PG-13 / A-III - 3 Stars w. Expl.) - Pt 2 of DC Comics based story of ex-CIA (Bruce Willis / John Malcovich) / MI5 (Helen Mirren) / KGB (Brian Cox) assassins coping with retirement / “growing old.”  New characters include a Korean assassin (played by Byung Hun Lee) so deadly that he can kill with an oragami crane ;-) a super-sexy former Soviet counter-intelligence officer (ex-flame of Bruce Willis’ character) played by Catherine Zeta-Jones who his current Kansas raised girlfriend (played by Mary Louise Parker) “really really hates” and finally a really batty scientist (played by Anthony Hopkins) who’s been locked-up for 30 years in an MI5 “special prison”/psycho-ward because “he knew to much” :-).  Can one “make a story” out of this? :-) ;-)  You betcha ;-), though I liked one younger critic’s (from RogerEbert.com) characterization of the film as basically being “Grand Theft Auto: Old Guys” ;-) ;-)  And yes the glass shattering, bullet casings piling up (though “no blood” …) violence can become off-putting after a while.  Still despite these contradictions, the story generally keeps one smiling ;-)

RED 2 [2013] (PG-13 / A-III - 3 Stars w. Expl.) - Pt 2 of DC Comics based story of ex-CIA (Bruce Willis / John Malcovich) / MI5 (Helen Mirren) / KGB (Brian Cox) assassins coping with retirement / “growing old.”  New characters include a Korean assassin (played by Byung Hun Lee) so deadly that he can kill with an oragami crane ;-) a super-sexy former Soviet counter-intelligence officer (ex-flame of Bruce Willis’ character) played by Catherine Zeta-Jones who his current Kansas raised girlfriend (played by Mary Louise Parker) “really really hates” and finally a really batty scientist (played by Anthony Hopkins) who’s been locked-up for 30 years in an MI5 “special prison”/psycho-ward because “he knew to much” :-).  Can one “make a story” out of this? :-) ;-)  You betcha ;-), though I liked one younger critic’s (from RogerEbert.com) characterization of the film as basically being “Grand Theft Auto: Old Guys” ;-) ;-)  And yes the glass shattering, bullet casings piling up (though “no blood” …) violence can become off-putting after a while.  Still despite these contradictions, the story generally keeps one smiling ;-)

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