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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful:
Great Latter-day Norris Action Flick, 7 April 2006
Author: curtis martin from Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain
I'm not sure why "Delta Force 2" gets such a bad rap. Is it just
because it's a sequel? Or is it because it was the film that came out
just at the point when Chuck was transitioning from feature films to
Direct-To-Video and Television?
In fact, is it really a "bad" film at all? Well, yes and nodepending on what your expectations are. For instance, is DF2 a bad film when compared with Norris' other films? Definitely not! This film is the pinnacle of the latter day Norris persona. He's the superconfident, superbearded superman of action, tough and gruff but also noble and likable. He a man of few words who shoots a lot of big guns, narrowly escapes a lot of very big, very orange explosions, and doles out justice to the bad guys with no second thoughts. (as a sidenote, this is very different from the early days Norris personaa basically peaceable karateman pushed into action, often the pursued instead of the pursuer; sometimes he was mustachioed, sometimes his face was (gasp) naked.). The story is clichéd and the characters are clichés personified, but I don't think that was an accident. Cliché can be very effective in movies if used properly (see "Rocky"). DF2 pushes all the buttonspushes them in all the right spots and pushes them hard. It doesn't try to be ironic, self-referential, a parody, or a "reimagining" of anything. Like a John Wayne western, it just is what it freaking is.
Is DF2 a good film in the B-Action film genre as a whole? If by that we mean the Bronson/VanDamme/Segal level genre, then the answer is another resounding "yes!" DF2 is an excellent example of the kind of simple action flick that no one makes for theatrical release anymore.
Is DF2 a good action film if your tastes run exclusively to higher budgeted, more elaborate action flicks like "Die Hard," the James Bond series, "Lethal Weapon," Tarrantino flicks and the like instead of lower budgeted action melodramas? Nah, no way in hell. In comparison to the $100 million action epics, the acting in DF2 is stiff, the action too basic, and the story style outdated by decades. Compared to the big studio tentpole Summer blockbusters, all Norris films are like home movies. To me personally, however, the line between these big budgeted action flicks and Chuck's is becoming thinner and thinner as time goes by (what at first seems like innovation soon becomes just another cliché as it is imitated by everyone everywhere, a la "The Matrix").
SoDelta Force 2. Good movie? The answer's either "hell yes!" "good lord, no!" depending on who you are.
Personally, I dig it.
35 out of 57 people found the following review useful:
If you do not worship this movie, you do not deserve to live, 7 March 2002
Author: john quincy from new york
Is this the best movie ever made? Probably. Certain people have described this and other films starring Billy Drago as "sleeper hits". Well let me tell you something - I was wide awake when I watched this one. While the action scenes are classic, the most memorable portion of this film is the dialog. Without saying a word, Billy Drago commands a presence so powerful that I almost hid behind my couch while watching him. General Taylor's blatant violation of military procedure reveals his hatred for the Columbian drug lords. This is evident in one of his greatest quotes from this film, "Why don't you....shut the f**k up!". Simply powerful dialog. To any who deny this film's greatness, I say you are a fool who deserves death as quickly as possible. I have watched this masterpiece over 180 times, and each time I find something new and beautiful hidden within its recesses.
15 out of 21 people found the following review useful:
Kids playing action movie as an actual film., 30 September 2006
Author: Shawn Watson (email@example.com) from The Underverse
An unfortunate, misjudged and misunderstood film that could have been
something great but only clings to the bottom-rung of respectability.
For a start, it has an unashamedly awful and truly despicable villain
who oozes evil from every stinking orifice. When eccentric bad guys are
not hammy, they are Ramon Cota (a sickening performance by villain's
villain of choice and villain of the week Billy Drago).
Cota is a Columbian drug lord, who ships massive amounts of cocaine into America. He kills DEA agents with unnatural glee, murders pregnant women, tortures people to death in a gas chamber, rapes women, murders their husbands, murders sick babies and uses their bodies to smuggle cocaine - you get the picture, this guy is lower than minus infinity.
In a rare opportunity to catch him, Colonel Scott McCoy (the ever-bearded Chuck Norris) kidnaps Cota in mid-air and drags him into court only to watch him leave with virtually no charge. More DEA agents are kidnapped and it's up to Chuck to rescue them from death. So he heads off to the fictional South American country of San Carlos for some mighty kicking-of-ass. Killing Cota is not his mission, rescuing the DEA agents is, but you know that Cota is going to get what he deserves (with a little bit of slightly unsubtle philosophy from Norris).
The script is generic and by numbers. Never before has a movie been so strictly routine, but there are some real cool action scenes and so much melodrama that it could fuel EastEnders for a decade. The direction leaves a lot to be desired. If someone other than Chuck's brother had made this, we would have a hugely enjoyable film on our hands. Instead plot holes, illogical moments and a general feel of immaturity bog it down.
The action ranges from Norris flying through the sky, swinging through the jungle, falling off cliffs and dodging rockets. The main problem with the direction is that Aaron Norris uses the logic, "If it is in slow motion, then it is cool." He wants to drag out every bloody detail, every death dance and every penetration of every bullet. It's a shame Delta Force 2 isn't hyper-kinetic, because the slo-mo becomes very noticeable.
Chuck Norris' methods are also highly questionable. For a man who moves at 48 frames per second he sure does lay waste to thousands of Drago's henchman very well. And beating up the new Delta Force recruits to train them in the deadly arts is just bizarre.
General Taylor (John P. Ryan), a character so relentless gung-ho and over-the-top that he really should be in a pantomime, is McCoy's boss and he enjoys himself way too much when he tags along on the mission to blow away zillions of nameless henchman from a helicopter that is so indestructible and equipped with a never-ending supply of ammo you wonder why the REAL Delta Force doesn't use this thing over in Afghanistan. Ryan certainly did wrap himself in the American flag for this character. But hey, it worked for Stallone with John Rambo.
The single spot-on aspect of the whole movie has to be the strong and rousing musical score by Frederick Talgorn. If the rest of the movie was as good as this, then everything would be different. Instead Delta Force 2 is a mixed bag. There is a good film here, desperate to get out, but you have to claw your way through to find it.
7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Very Good But Brainless Sequel, That's A Lot Of Fun With A Chilling Performance From Billy Drago!, 2 July 2005
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This is a very good but brainless sequel, that's a lot of fun, with a chilling performance from Billy Drago!. i enjoyed this sequel quite a bit as there is plenty of explosions and action to keep one entertained, plus Chuck Norris was simply amazing in this!. It started off pretty slowly, however it was never boring and i was always interested, plus Billy Drago portrays one of the best bad guys ever in this in my opinion!. While it can't match the original it's still a pretty enjoyable sequel, with some exciting action and fun performances!. These type of movies aren't going to win any Oscars however i am a huge fan of 80's late 90's action films, and this one is no different!, plus the sky diving stunts were spectacular!. . Sure it's routine and familiar however i enjoyed it quite a bit and i highly recommend it!. The Direction is good. Aaron Norris does a good job here, with good camera work, great angles and some spectacular shots during the sky diving stunts!. There is a bit of blood and violence. We get quite a few of very bloody gunshot wounds,bloody corpses,stabbings,head explosion,gunshot wound to the head, and an impaling. The Acting is great!. Chuck Norris is AMAZING as always and is amazing here, he is very likable, kicks that ass, had some great one liners, was very good in the acting department, and was really fantastic overall!. (Norris rules!). Billy Drago is AMAZING here as the main villain he gives one of the most chilling performances ever as a bad guy, he is also one of the most sadistic,he was amazing i loved it!. John P. Ryan really seems to be enjoying himself here, and gave a fun performance, however i am not a big fan of his.Mark Margolis is weak as the other main villain. Rest of the cast do okay. Overall highly recommended!, just expect brainless entertainment!. ***1/2 out of 5
9 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
Thoroughly routine., 11 July 2001
Aside from its propagandistic aspects (it seems to argue that America has the right to invade any foreign country in the name of "law and justice"), this is a standard, brainless actioner, with lots of explosions and large-scale stunts, but not much excitement. Billy Drago, as the slimy villain, is the film's only redeeming factor. (*1/2)
7 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
A bad sequel to the classic Delta Force., 28 June 2004
Author: Miyagis_Sweaty_wifebeater (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Sacramento, CA
Delta Force 2 (1990) was a sequel that was a little too late. With
Cannon all but a memory, the crew decided to make one more Delta Force
movie starring an aging Chuck Norris. This time the story deals with
drug running and the cocaine king-pins of Central America. Alas, this
one is nowhere in the league of part one. It doesn't work, period. I
mean why would the U.S. Government care about apprehending drug lords
in some tiny country in Latin America? The movie is by the numbers,
late 80's/ early 90's Chuck Norris action vehicle.
I don't know why the called it Delta Force 2. The movie is unworthy of this title. Maybe they thought they could get a few more rentals by tying this movie in with the original Delta Force. All of the elements that made part one enjoyable are missing. Don't waste your time on such video tripe. Because it's not worth it.
Not recommended, best to avoid!
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Does not really feel like a sequel to the earlier Delta Force movie., 5 January 2010
This movie has very little in common with the first movie, the only real connection between the two is Chuck Norris is in both of them. That and the movie does involve the Delta Force once again. It is also a very unmemorable movie as there are very few scenes in this one that I can recall. While I remember the older movie Delta Force almost entirely and I did not exactly watch that one a whole lot more. One of the few scenes that I even remember is the scene involving the Delta Force doing a sky jump with the drug lord and the fact this film had a bit of a similar plot to the James Bond film "License to Kill", however that film is superior to this one as I can remember a lot about that one too. I do not remember this one being particularly horrible or anything, I just remember it not being as good as the original and that I got a bit bored during this film, another thing that did not occur during the first film. In the end I think it is just one of those sequels that uses the success of the first film to try and market an almost unrelated film. Like this one was supposed to have Chuck in some sort of drug task force, but they thought they could get some more bucks by making it a sequel to the Delta Force movie.
4 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Not at all accurate, 23 June 2005
Author: ranger9022 from Seattle, Washington, United States
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
This one was on AMC one night, so I resolved to watch it. My brother
already said it was bad, but I still wanted to see it for myself.
Sadly, my brother was right.
Personally, I am very interested in the 1st SFOD-D (First Specialforces Operational Detachment-Delta.) or Delta Force. I know my facts pretty well. This movie, however, had none of its facts right. Here is a list of movie flaws.
1. Why are all the Delta Force soldiers or D-Boys dressed entirely in black, rather than in fatigues. I know what D-boys look like and the gear they use in this does not make sense.
2. Why are they using French weapons? I mean, these are American soldiers, not French men! They should be using their own weapons.
3. Aside from all that, the acting was terrible, the script awful and the cast is bad too.
In conclusion, DO NOT SEE THIS!
3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Kicking drugs out of America, literally..., 14 June 2006
Author: Frank Markland from United States
Chuck Norris returns as Scott McCoy the commando from # 1 who puts the
boot to the bad guys represented by Billy Drago. Seems Drago is a
Colombian drug lord who kills babies, rapes innocent women and gases
soldier boys. (And I thought the sequel would be less overwrought...)
Norris rarely loses his cool but after his friend's massacre it's time
for even Norris to get mad and run amok. Delta Force 2 can be seen as a
comeback for Norris after the dismal likes of Hero And The Terror and
MIA III, Delta Force 2 isn't a great movie, in fact the movie is a
muddled mess but it's all fairly watchable and the action sequences are
frequent enough to qualify this as dumb fun. Also you have to love
Norris' one liner to which he denies that he didn't beat up skinheads
but rather taught a motivational seminar. What a wonderful guy!
* * out of 4-(Fair)
Exciting Chuck Norris cheese-fest, 24 April 2012
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom
DELTA FORCE 2 was one of the first Chuck Norris movies I ever watched
and it's stayed with me: a silly, completely OTT B-movie full of
gunfire, explosions and cheap and cheerful special effects work. I
recently revisited the movie on DVD, and I was pleased to find it still
holds up to this day as one of the star's most simple yet entertaining
I still haven't seen the original film, not that that matters: DELTA FORCE 2 is a standalone outing concerning a soldier's battles to take out a Colombian drug lord responsible for the death of his friend. There's nothing more to it than that, and much of the film is clearly modelled on the likes of Schwarzenegger's COMMANDO and Stallone's RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART 2. It's nowhere near as good as either of those, thanks to the lower budget, but it still packs a punch.
Norris is in his element. He's hulking, tough, good looking and a nice guy with it. The type of hero it's easy to root for. He roundhouse kicks the bad guys, jumps through windows, breaks limbs and metes out punishment to both enemy soldiers and the new recruits unlucky enough to be placed under his charge. He also adds in a few quips here and there, which always helps.
Opposite Norris, Billy Drago stars in what is still one of his most memorable roles as an utterly slimy drug baron. Drago is outrageously evil in this film, truly hissable. I won't spoil the ending, but let's just say it's the perfect pay-off for his character. Alongside Norris, we get John P. Ryan (IT'S ALIVE), chewing up the scenery a treat as the flag-waving general. Pretty Begona Plaza is thrown into the mix, just because there aren't any other women around.
What follows is a mix of the usual action/hero type scenes: Chuck scales an impassable cliff, Chuck kills some henchmen, there's a helicopter battle and lots of jeeps being blown up. Plus, of course, the shoot-out in a jungle village, one of those stock scenes that just had to be every jungle action film of the 1980s (the only thing missing is a prison camp complete with guard tower). It's all lively and amusing, even if we had already seen it all before throughout the '80s, so my advice is to kick back and enjoy without criticising too much!
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