(2013) (Bruce Willis, John Malkovich) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action/Comedy: While trying to lead a normal domestic life with his girlfriend, a former CIA agent is framed for being involved with a long-lost nuke that was smuggled into Russia, and must use his various skills and associates to avoid assassins, clear his name, and stop the bad guys before it's too late.
- Frank Moses (BRUCE WILLIS) is a former CIA operative who's been categorized as "RED" (Retired and Extremely Dangerous) by the government. Yet, he's simply trying to lead a normal domestic life with his girlfriend, Sarah Ross (MARY-LOUISE PARKER), a former call center operator who longs for the danger and excitement of his former line of work. She gets the chance to experiment with that when Frank's best friend and fellow operative, Marvin Boggs (JOHN MALKOVICH), informs him that they've been framed regarding an old Cold War secret government operation called Nightshade. That involved sneaking a small nuclear device into Russia, and now that word has gotten out about it, Pentagon special agent Jack Horton (NEAL McDONOUGH) wants Frank captured or killed.
The former black ops agent has other opinions about that, however, and sets off with Sarah and Marvin on a globe-trotting excursion where they attempt to find out who's behind this. That's all while avoiding Frank's former protégé turned vindictive assassin Han Cho Bai (BYUNG-HUN LEE) as well as fellow assassin Victoria (HELEN MIRREN) who's been assigned by her MI6 superiors to kill Frank when not cavorting with her lover, Ivan Simanov (BRIAN COX).
Along the way, they run into Frank's ex-girlfriend, Katja (CATHERINE ZETA-JONES), a Russian counter-intelligence agent, all while trying to get info out of The Frog (DAVID THEWLIS) that will help them find Edward Bailey (ANTHONY HOPKINS), the long-missing and believed to be dead physicist who created the bomb. With the latter's intentions unclear, Frank and his team race to stop the bomb from being sold or, worse yet, detonated.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of the first film, they probably will. If not, it's highly unlikely considering the age of most of the cast members.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For pervasive action and violence including frenetic gunplay, and for some language and drug material.
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