Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, has released the first trailer for Red 2, starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Helen Mirren, Brian Cox and newly anointed franchise newcomers Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The action sequel storms U.S. theaters on August 2nd.
In Red 2, retired black-ops CIA agent Frank Moses (Willis) reunites his unlikely team of elite operatives for a global quest to track down a missing portable nuclear device. To succeed, they'll need to survive an army of relentless assassins, ruthless terrorists and power-crazed government officials, all eager to get their hands on the next-generation weapon. The mission takes Frank and his motley crew to Paris, London and Moscow. Outgunned and outmanned, they have only their cunning wits, their old-school skills, and each other to rely on as they try to save the world—and stay alive in the process.
Red was a great, highly entertaining surprise (though I feel the Blu-ray release was badly mishandled, with the two separate single disc releases, one with special features and HD audio, the other without. Complete B.S.), but I'm not sold on the necessity of a sequel either.
the first was decent, but I didn't think it did that well to make the studio want a sequel, or have an open ended enough plotline to need one. I'll still probably see it, just don't think it needed one.
A quick look on Box Office Mojo. With a production budget of $58 mil, Red did $90 mil domestic, $199 worldwide. Not to shabby at all for a (low budget) all star cast actioner. And if you add both editions of the Blu-ray on this site it's in over 3400 collections (including mine). Clearly the first film is liked. I think it's due to that all star cast clearly having fun with the film, not taking it too seriously.
The First Movie, Red (2010), cost $58 Million to make. After all was said and done, it made $199,006,386. So $=sequel. Simple. PS I loved the first one. I found it to be delightfully ridiculous. I am hopeful but highly skeptical for the sequel. The trailer did have the same feel as the first movie, which is good. Red 2 will be guilty until proven innocent for me... but I'm excited.