Genre Guesstimation – RED 2 (2013)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to w atch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Carl of Listening to Film and we will be reviewing our favorite Ensemble Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Sep by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Carl!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Ensemble Movies.

“[to an arguing Frank and Sarah] Kids, what happens in the Kremlin stays in the Kremlin.” – Marvin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The team of ex-assassins must get back together on order to help find a missing nuclear bomb.

My Take on it – This film continued the adventures of this team of ex-assassins as they decide to take on a new mission.

The tine of this film is similar to the tone in the original and that helps keep things interesting throughout.

Most of the cast returns and they all help keep this film so enjoyable to watch.

The addition of Anthony Hopkins works really well in establishing how daring they can try to be in this kind of story.

Once again, the film has the feel of being an ensemble film which helps level the playing field between the characters since none seem to take the lead and instead allow the story and the team itself to feel like the lead character.

The film is filled wall to wall with some great action scenes that go a bit over the top as they try to satirize the genre yet still give us something enjoyable to watch unfold despite the complete absurdity and zaniness of the entire plot.

I’m quite glad that they didn’t make any more films in this franchise because two is more than enough.

Bottom Line – Fun film that takes off right after the previous film and keeps the same kind of tone throughout. The cast is once again great and the addition of Hopkins helps make this feel a bit more daring than in the previous film, but it still works quite well especially from the perspective of showing an ensemble team instead of just one character leading the way. The action scenes are rammed into this film from start to finish and they once again seem  to be making fun of the genre yet still give us something interesting to watch unfold despite the absurdity and zaniness of it all. Glad they stopped after this film because it was starting to get to be a bit too much. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After the success of RED (2010), Ernest Borgnine always held out hope he’d be around to reprise his role as Henry the records keeper in this movie. When interviewed in April 2012, he mentioned there was talk about it over the years, and made one request to the producers. “I told them if they do it, I want to carry a gun this time.” He kept in touch with Screenwriters Jon Hoeber and Erich Hoeber, and in the end would have had a major role in a sequence at the start of the movie. When Borgnine passed away in July 2012, three months prior to the start of production, his scenes were reconfigured and featured an uncredited Titus Welliver. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not as good as the original and things are even zanier here than they were in the previous installment

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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