Was the original "RED"over the top violent? I don't remember it as such, but I can tell you, the current film is extremely violent! But, the redeeming feature is the clever dialogue (I laughed a lot), and the outstanding performance of each member of the stellar cast, particularly John Malkovitch, who was a hoot! I've never been a great fan of his, but I am now! He was hilarious.. (You've got to love the cap with furry ear flaps he wears.) His inimitable facial expressions, convey exactly what he's thinking.
Then there's the always wonderful, Bruce Willis (despite (or perhaps because of?) being bald, he looks as young as ever) . He' really likable..
The inimitable Helen Mirren shoots straight as often as necessary (which is a lot), reprising her role from RED (though she doesn't have as much screen time in this sequel as I would have wished.)
Surprisingly, Mary Louise Parker more than holds her own among this excellent group. I think it's the best work she's ever done. If you can get past the really heavy duty opening violence, the movie is great fun, so with that caveat, I recommend it.