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Red 2


Red 2 (2013) The first one was fun, the second not so much. It had its moments, but mostly it coasted on the reputation and situations of the original. However, it was nice to see once again that Varley’s First Law of Movie Violence still applies. It states that “No hero in any movie has ever been or will ever be harmed by a fully-automatic weapon.” In this case, among many others, it’s something called a GAU-17/A minigun, a Gatling gun that has a rate of fire such that you can’t distinguish the individual explosions. This gun shreds a van that Bruce Willis and John Malkovich are hiding behind … and never hits them, though literally thousands of rounds are fired.