Hard Target 2 movie full length review - At least Knepper looks like Henriksen....
It seems that the straight to DVD market are beginning to run out of ideas again, as they've decided to hark back to making sequels to moderately successful films that have now become something of a cult for some.
About ten years ago, we had Hollow Man 2, 8mm 2, Single White Female 2, and a slew of American Pie films.
Just Lately we've had Jingle All The Way 2, Kindergarten Cop 2, and now this. I had relatively high expectations because Scott Adkins is quite he prolific straight to DVD action star. In fact, he's this generations Michael Dudikoff..
Retired mixed martial artist Wes "The Jailer" Baylor can't refuse a million-dollar purse he's offered for one final bout in Myanmar.
But when he arrives for the fight, he learns he's been tricked into becoming the star of a very poor sequel.
Carrying only water and a ruby-filled money belt for the last person standing, Wes must outsmart the heavily armed group that has paid to kill him.
As he fights for his life in the treacherous jungle terrain, the hunters become the hunted.
Me and my silly expectations. Even though I had hopes for this, deep down I knew it wouldn't be any good, because the original is wonderfully over the top, and is almost fairy tale like in the way the film is edited. Here, we just have a whole load of slow motion, and if you thought 300 was in excess of using that style of filming, it's beyond ridiculous here.
In sure if the slow motion was taken out, the film wouldn't last twenty minutes.
So the film begins like an ending to any other Adkins movie, with a fight. But wait a minute, he ends up doing so terrible in the ring, he turns his back on society and turns to the bottle and stars in his own mini remake of A.W.O.L. For about ten minutes (a remake within a remake, how meta).
So then we get Jango Fett and cut price Henriksen who dupe him into becoming the hunted. And that's it.
Once we are in the jungle, we have a little bit of First Blood: Part 2 thrown in, some admittedly good fight scenes, and some admittedly really bad CG blood, and before you can say 'is there any decent female characters in this film?', Rhona Mitra walks in, and does absolutely nothing apart from pout and walk away from explosions.....in slow motion.
It's a lifeless ordeal, nothing more than a blatant cash in on a wonderfully over the top action film.
And the biggest crime the film does?
Have bloomin' doves in it for no good reason.
Steer clear, it's very poor.