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"What happens in the Kremlin stays in the Kremlin."
Really , the only thing surprising about that joke is that it hasn't somehow been made before-- it's been nearly 25 years since the Cold War ended, and yet there's still nothing more fun than putting some red-blooded American spies up against the chilly Russkies. Bruce Willis actually just finished mopping up the remains of the Soviet era in A Good Day to Die Hard, and now he's back behind what remains of the Iron Curtain in the new trailer for Red 2, which premiered at Yahoo!
Red 2 at least has a lot more promise than the last Die Hard film, reuniting the bizarre and wonderful cast of John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker and Willis, and adding Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones and David Thewlis to the madness. I did my best to make sense of the plot of Red 2 based on this trailer, but let's be honest, it does't really matter. Bruce Willis is dragged out of retirement by John Malkovich bombarding him at a Costco. Helen Mirren has been assigned to kill him. Byung Hun Lee gets involved. Catherine Zeta-Jones shows up to make out with Bruce Willis. And of course, a lot of things explode.
Though the original Red was a surprise hit, grossing nearly $200 million overseas on a $58 million budget and an inauspicious mid-October release date, the sequel is being positioned as a summer blockbuster, with a major July 19 release window. Director Dean Parisot has been brought in for the sequel, and his work behind Galaxy Quest has a lot of people hoping he can nail a similarly wry comic tone. Does this trailer give you hope? Sound off in the comments.