RED 2 ★★★

RED 2 piqued my interest with a quote from a trailer: "the only summer movie without giant robots, superheroes, or aliens. Just the best there is". And that statement rings true for the most part. It's generic story coated with the charm of faded stars back in action. It succeeds in delivering some old-school action, and some laughs, but fails to deliver a truly compelling story. John Malkovich and Anthony Hopkins are the clear standouts in this all-star cast of old folks. They're easily the best parts about the film, with Malkovich providing legitimate laughs. Like I said, the plot is generic, and everything you'd expect, but its refreshing to see an actual human story told this summer. It's fairly funny, and fairly entertaining, making for a surprisingly decent film.

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