There was a lot of buzz surrounding James Wan's 'The Conjuring' going into this weekend. "Scariest movie of the year." "Best horror movie in a long time." And so on. But it paid off. 'The Conjuring' not only won the box office, it won the box office in a way that R-rated horror movies often don't. Between this and 'The Purge,' R-rated horror is officially back in a big way.
'RED 2' is faithful to 2010's 'RED' in that it makes very little sense and maximizes the talent on display. Entertaining without long-lasting satisfaction (seriously, does anyone remember what happened in 'Red' other than Helen Mirren busting up bad guys?). Mirren, Bruce Willis, and John Malkovich return as RED — Retired Extremely Dangerous — operatives, trained assassins who balance daily life with random acts of spy work. Director Dean Parisot ('Galaxy Quest') reaps every bit fun he can out of the concept, pushing Willis harder than he's worked in the last five years. Mirren busting up bad guys is still the highlight, but the sequel easily surpasses its predecessor in terms of pure enjoyment.
'Red 2' doesn't even hit theaters until later this summer, but that hasn't stopped Summit from already getting to work on 'Red 3.' That means the studio must have a lot of faith in the second adventure of Bruce Willis and his aging comrades-in-arms, which will attempt to replicate the surprising success of the first film in a few months.
Action stars like Bruce Willis are experiencing a renaissance of sorts. While Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone debuted 'The Last Stand' and 'Bullet to the Head' this year, Willis is also introducing his greatness to a new generation of movie goers with 'A Good Day to Die Hard,' 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' and, coming later this year, 'Red 2,' which has just debuted its latest poster reminding us all that these star will never throw in the towel.
'The Hangover Part III' and 'RED 2' don't hit theaters for another eight months, but that doesn't mean the studios aren't going to start tossing scraps to all of the fans out there. A handful of images from the films have made their way online courtesy of EW (with a tip of that hat to Coming Soon) and you can check them out for yourself below.
There are a number of reasons to be excited for 'Red 2' even if the first film was slightly above average. For one, it's being directed by Dean Parsoit, who helmed 'Galaxy Quest,' a film that has done nothing but get better by the day. For another, they've just added David Thewlis to the cast.