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Actress Mary-Louise Parker explains why the audience can relate to her character Sarah in our exclusive featurette for Red 2, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD November 26. Unlike the rest of the main characters, played by Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren, Sarah is just a normal person who happens to be along for the ride with a team of highly trained killers. Take a look, then read on for the special features details below.
Bruce Willis (The Expendables) stars as retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses, who must reunite his unlikely team of elite operatives to take on a new set of enemies on a mission that is "smart, sexy and packs a wallop!"(Am New York). Featuring an outstanding all-star cast including John Malkovich (Burn After Reading), Mary-Louise Parker (Showtime's Weeds), with Anthony Hopkins (Thor) and Helen Mirren (The Queen), Red 2 proves the best never rest.
2010’s Red was something of a rarity. It was an over-the-top, overly-long action film, but it was a lot of fun. Films like that tend to wear down the viewer as you’re subjected to one action scene after the other, but what made it a little different was the fact that it took actors that you normally wouldn’t see in such a film (Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman) and throw them into the line of fire, quite literally. I was just as surprised as anyone to find that, despite the normal action clichés, it was rather enjoyable. With this in mind, I welcomed the possibility of a sequel that would reunite these characters for more insane mayhem, hoping that lightning would indeed strike twice. However, like with many sequels, it’s a prospect easier said than done.
Red 2 picks up not long after the original. We find Frank »
- Jeff Beck
The writer also performed a last-minute rewrite on Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which impressed studio executives enough to land him this writing gig. No story details have been revealed, but Paramount put the sequel in development this April, just after G.I. Joe Retaliation took in $41 million during its opening weekend. G.I. Joe Retaliation earned $371 million worldwide, outperforming the 2009 original G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which grossed $309 million worldwide.
No cast members have been confirmed for G.I. Joe 3, but it is believed that G.I. Joe Retaliation stars Dwayne Johnson, D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park and Bruce Willis will return.
According to The Hollywood Reporter , Snow White and the Huntsman screenwriter Evan Daugherty has been brought on to write the screenplay for the upcoming G.I. Joe 3 . No word on what the story for the film will be, or what characters might get introduced, but returning director Jon M. Chu has said that with the third film he's eager to explore every facet of the franchise's potential. Chu also previously confirmed that the third G.I. Joe film will likely be shot in 3D, in favor of doing a post-conversion that delayed the release of "Retaliation" by almost eight months. The third film currently doesn't have a release date nor a confirmed cast, but it is expected that D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Bruce Willis and Dwayne »
The high-octane follow-up to the worldwide hit, Red 2 arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital Ultraviolet), Video On Demand and Pay-Per-View on November 26 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate Company. The film will be available on Digital HD two weeks early on November 12. Bruce Willis (The Expendables) stars as retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses, who must reunite his unlikely team of elite operatives to take on a new set of enemies on a mission that is "smart, sexy and packs a wallop!"(Am New York). Featuring an outstanding all-star cast including John Malkovich (Burn After Reading), Mary-Louise Parker (Showtime's Weeds), with Anthony Hopkins (Thor) and Helen Mirren (The Queen), Red 2 proves the best never rest.
Retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Willis) and his team set out on a global quest to track down a missing, next-generation lethal device that can »
Smart, breezy spy action, with an of-the-moment vibe that takes it post-post-9/11 and into the Wikileaks era of global politics. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Action movies have become so same-old same-old that it doesn’t take much to make them fun again. Ensuring that the women — yes, plural — are more than just damsels in distress is a good start, and not only do we have kick-ass supersecret agents in Helen Mirren’s (Monsters University) MI6 operative and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Broken City) as a Russian spy, we also get Mary-Louise Parker (Howl), who is just plain bored with retired badass Bruce Willis (A Good Day to Die Hard), because he only wants to be domestic these days. And then black-ops crazypants John Malkovich (Warm Bodies »
- MaryAnn Johanson
G.I. Joe: Retaliation is a silly action film that simply asks its audience to turn the brain completely off so that it can have a good time. If you do that, the film is a blast to watch and is filled with enough action sequences and corny one-liners to be worthy of the toy line and comics that inspired it. The film fixes everything that was wrong with the first outing, and leaves you possibly wanting another. Based on the Hasbro's G.I. Joe toy line, G.I. Joe: Retaliation was directed by Jon M. Chu with a screenplay from Zombieland’s Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. It stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Bruce Willis, D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray »
- Patrick Luce
Chicago – “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” may have been overly slammed by critics but audiences definitely liked the film, pushing it to over $370 million worldwide, more than 20% more than its predecessor (even if the domestic total for the sequel was less than the first film). Paramount has put together a solid release for the film, including over an hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, a commentary track, and a great transfer. It’s what one wants from a major theatrical Blu-ray.
Seriously, “Retaliation” checks most of the major boxes when a critic approaches a Blu-ray review. How’s the transfer? Solid. Almost all modern Paramount films look good in HD, especially one so heavily based on a visual experience as this once-3D action hit. Is there a commentary? Check. Deleted scenes? Yep. Although they were all wisely deleted, especially a melodramatic bit of overacting at a cemetary. Featurettes? Over an »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
★★☆☆☆ We've certainly been heavily dosed with geriatric action thrillers in recent years, with Arnie taking on The Last Stand, Sylvester Stallone heading up The Expendables and Bruce Willis popping up in anything his agent prescribes. However, none can boast the hospital waiting room worth of talent of Red 2 (2013). Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Anthony Hopkins join Willis as contract killer OAPs codenamed REDs - Retired, Extremely Dangerous - who first moseyed onto our screens with the sleeper hit original in 2010. Willis reprises his role as former CIA officer Frank Moses, who's now settled into domesticity.
Alongside sweetheart Sarah (Mary Louise Parker), Frank is now more used to doing the weekly shop at Costco (the first of many shameless product placements) than pistol-whipping hired goons. He's lured out of retirement, again, by his unhinged pal Marvin (John Malkovich), when they are falsely tied with Cold-War era nuclear plot by the name of 'Nightshade'. »
- CineVue UK
A movie about retirees doesn't sound like a movie for teens and yet teens seem to be responding to Red 2. In fact, KidsPickFlicks.com's Movie Star Movie Critics Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara, stars of the upcoming Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, call it a "perfect combination of action and comedy." Here's what they had to say:
"Red 2 shows that the best indeed never rest. The film was the perfect combination of action and comedy. Byung-Hun Lee and Bruce Willis show off their hardcore fighting (mostly with each other) while Mary-Louise Parker and John Malkovich keep audiences chuckling all the way through. Catherine Zeta-Jones mesmerizes as an ex-flame of Willis' who is also a Russian agent and Helen Mirren captivates as a British agent who at one point accepts a contract to kill Willis and his team. One major theme of the movie is accepting help from others »
- email@example.com (Joel Courtney and Katherine McNamara)
Review Duncan Bowles
A talented, eclectic cast can't make up for an uneven tone and derivative action, Duncan writes, in his review of Red 2...
In our house, we operate a 20 minute movie rule. This applies to anyone subjected to a film they haven’t seen before, and allows that person the chance to veto any movie that’s been picked for viewing within the first 20 minutes. Movies that have recently fallen victim to the rule have included such controversial decisions as A Dangerous Method (ruled out by my wife’s allergy to Kiera Knightley, exacerbated in Method by her gurning and ‘acting’ crazy) and Zero Dark Thirty (invoked by me in a tired and hung-over state, as I didn’t have a clue what anyone was talking about and didn’t want to spend my Sunday afternoon watching waterboarding).
Also new this week is the female-driven "Deliverance"-esque thriller "Black Rock" with Kate Bosworth and Katie Aselton, the long-overdue Blu-ray debut of the John Carpenter ghost story "The Fog" with Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh, and a Criterion Collection Blu-ray edition of Guillermo del Toro's "The Devil's Backbone."
Box Office: $123 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 28% Rotten
Storyline: This sequel to the 2009 guilty pleasure not only has the G.I. Joe team fighting Cobra but the Joes are framed for crimes against the country and are terminated by order of the President. The surviving members of the elite military unit face off against Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) and the world leaders he has under his influence. Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, »
- Robert DeSalvo
Ray Park talks Snake Eyes and G.I. Joe Retaliation, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD July 30th
Before landing the coveted role of Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace and Toad in X-Men, Ray Park began his martial arts training in Shaolin Kung Fu and wushu at the young age of seven years old, competing in international tournaments by the time he was a teenager. This year, he reprised his role as the silent but deadly Snake Eyes in the sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, G.I. Joe Retaliation. I recently had the chance to speak with the actor for the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD release on July 30. Here's what he had to say about that amazing mountainside fight sequence, working with director Jon M. Chu, and much more.
I have to imagine that, with all of your martial arts training, »
Director: Dean Parisot.
Running Time: 116 minutes.
Synopsis: Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is once again dragged out of retirement after being implicated in a decades old government cover-up. Joining forces with old friends, he finds himself in a world of assassinations, double crosses and international espionage, all while trying to maintain his relationship with Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker).
Red was a surprise action hit in 2010, mostly noted for showing that maturity doesn’t rule out wild action and comedy. Thanks to its box office take, it proves little surprise that a sequel has found its way to the big screen. Red 2 achieves that ever difficult task of surpassing its predecessor by giving the audience more of what made the original so popular, as well as adding new dimensions that enhance the formula. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Cringe News Story Of The Day!
Promoting a movie can be a testing affair. Sitting in nondescript hotel rooms with only your film poster as backdrop, cycling through hundreds of journalists asking pretty much the same questions over a course of months. It's surprising more actors don't break.
In happier times...Bruce Willis is one of those select few. After a rambling "jet-lagged" interview on The One Show earlier this year to promote the aptly named A Good Day to Die Hard, Willis has followed up with an even more uncomfortable press junket while promoting Red 2 (watch below).
As he points out, "this part is not acting...we're just selling the film now. Sales. The fun part was making the movie" (cut to slightly destroyed interviewer)...
- Oliver Davis
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Comic book movies have gotten a bit too serious of late. Dark. Brooding. Po-faced. Sure, we all loved Christopher Nolan’s tortured Dark Knight trilogy and Zack Snyder delivered the year’s most intelligent blockbuster (so far) with his gap year Superman slowly finding himself while bumming around being a crab fisherman in Man Of Steel. But does anyone really care if Tony Stark’s having nightmares and panic attacks in Iron Man 3? We just wanna see someone get punched through a building. And yeah, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine may be bad-ass but really he’s just Victor Meldrew with muttonchops and a bad manicure – a grumpy old codger whose memory ain’t what it used to be.
- David Watson
Dean Parisot’s (Galaxy Quest) action-comedy sequel Red 2 is now in theaters. The follow-up pits ex-cia operative Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) against Victoria (Helen Mirren) when MI6 greenlights his assassination as Interpol’s “Most Wanted.” All the while, Moses and his team must work to track down a missing nuclear device. For more on the film, watch these six clips and the trailer. Red 2 also stars John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Byung-hun Lee, and Anthony Hopkins. At the recent New York City press junket, I landed an exclusive video interview with Lee . He talked about filming the action scenes, what he collects, what it means to be part of G.I. Joe and Red, who he was most excited to work with, and a lot more. Hit the jump to watch. And if you missed my video interview with Bruce Willis and Anthony Hopkins, Mary-Louise Parker, and Helen Mirren, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Back in the 1960s, like most boys, I had at least G.I. Joe action figure. They were cool but maybe not as cool as Captain Action, which followed two years later. Of course, both faded away over time until the Joe concept was revised by Hasbro. Working with Larry Hama and Marvel Comics, the idea was expanded, the figures scaled down and a phenomenon was born.
Given the wild success of the toys, the animated series, and the long-running comic, I remain baffled why it took until 2009 before a live-action film was made. Here were all the kids’ favorite good guys and bad guys brought to life, looking sleek and cool and yes, sexy. The film was a smash success so of course the wait for a sequel began immediately.
It wasn’t until early 2011 that work finally began and then we were promised the movie in 20123 and despite a »
- Robert Greenberger
Bruce Willis is fast becoming the poster boy for retirement-refusal – his Die Hard franchise is perhaps growing a little flaccid but there is no denying the man’s commitment to kicking ass as he draws closer to the big 6-0. In 2010 he good-naturedly embraced the comedy potential of his position and – together with Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman – was classified Retired Extremely Dangerous aka Red.
Red – based upon the Warren Ellis/Cully Hamner graphic novel – was an entertaining ride, modelled after classic ‘30s screwball comedies, it delighted in offering opposition to the Oap stereotype and made reasonable use of its exemplary cast. Now the team have reunited for another caper: this time they are on a quest to locate a deadly device that has gone astray. The next-generation gadget, nicknamed ‘Nightshade’, has the potential to shift the balance of world power and is being sought by some of »
- Emily Breen
G.I. Joe Retaliation star Bruce Willis speaks about why he really signed on to the action-thriller in an exclusive featurette for the Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD release on July 30th. The actor explains that it was his childhood history playing with G.I. Joe figures that drew him into this project, and that playing Joe Colton was like portraying someone he actually knew. Director Jon M. Chu, Dwayne Johnson, D.J. Cotrona also discuss working with the actor in this behind-the-scenes featurette you can't see anywhere else.
In director Jon M. Chu's heart-pounding thrill ride, the G.I. Joe team not only faces off against its mortal enemy Cobra, it is also forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize its very existence.
Feature film in high definitionCommentary by director Jon M. Chu and producer Lorenzo di BonaventuraMission Briefing-a look at pre-production, »
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