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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 In comparison to the $100 million action epics, the acting in DF2 is stiff, the action too basic, and the story style outdated by decades.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.
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.
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.
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)
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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
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!
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.
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Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection starts in Rio as DEA agent John
Page (Richard Jaeckel) & his team prepare to arrest Ramon Cota (Billy
Drago) the biggest drug dealer in the world, however Ramon has been
tipped off & kills agent Page's team. With an informant in the DEA
tipping Ramon off Page turns to General Taylor (John P. Ryan) to
organise the arrest of Ramon using none DEA agents, Taylor turns to
Delta Force men Colonal Scott McCoy (Chuck Norris) & Major Bobby Chavez
(Paul Perri) to bring Ramon in. McCoy & Chavez manage to arrest Ramon
but he is given bail & flees back to his country San Carlos after
killing Bobby's wife (Ruth de Sosa) in revenge, wanting revenge himself
Bobby travels to San Carlos but Ramon captures him & kills him sending
the tape to General Taylor. Outraged the President authorises an all
out attack on the drug fields & factories in San Carlos with McCoy
going in 48 hours early to pay Ramon a personal visit...
Variously known under the the working titles Delta Force II, America's Red Army: Delta Force II, Delta Force II: Operation Crackdown & Spitfire: Delta Force II during it's production this was directed by Aaron Norris who had previously directed his elder brother Chuck in another sequel Braddock: Missing in Action III (1988) & for my money is probably the best action film Chuck Norris ever made. It's quite surprising at just how much action there is in Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection with the last forty minutes in particular full of fights, shoot-outs, explosions, helicopter & car chases & general mayhem. From a story point of view Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection is acceptable, the character's are alright with the slimy drug lord Ramon Cota one of the best villains around while the tit for tat revenge motives are familiar but make sense & it's fun watching lots of things get blown up. At over an hour & forty minutes long not much screen time is wasted with exposition, your never that far from the next shoot out or fight. Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection is just a highly entertaining moderately budgeted action film that really delivers the good, they just don't make films like this anymore. Norris doesn't really have a team this time around, he's more of a loner here & there's little connection to the original The Delta Force (1986) other than having Norris in it.
Set in the fictional country of San Carlos (so where's the Colombian connection as referenced in the title?) the lush green jungle scenery looks great, Cota's mountain top mansion is in fact the real life Palace in the Sky in Tagaytay city outside Manila in the Philippines originally built by First Lady Imelda Marcos (well she didn't build it personally, she paid for it to be built). Like Braddock: Missing in Action III there was an accident on set in which five crew members were killed when a helicopter crashed. The stunts are very good, there's a fantastic aerial stunt in which Norris has to catch a falling man who has no parachute, there's also a cool part when two people are dragged on rope by a helicopter through the forest. There are some really meaty explosions as lots of things are blown up, there's plenty of shoot-outs & fights & the occasional one-liner as well. Add some helicopter & car chases & stunts too & Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection really delivers the action.
Filmed in Tennessee & the Philippines, this looks nice enough & is well made for this type of film. The acting is erratic, Norris is as wooden as usual, John P. Ryan has fun with the General but Billy Drago steals the show with his slimy drug lord character.
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection is a great film, it's an action packed film with more story & better character's than usual & more importantly better action than a lot of fairly low budget action films. No crap CGI computer effects either, it's all real stunt work & real fake blood & it's all the better for it.
Let me put it forward. I didn't think all that much of the original,
and that's exactly the same on this one. However for some enjoyable,
light-headed entertainment it passed the buck for me, compared with the
first outing. The two films couldn't be anything but different though.
The first featured heavily on political terrorists, as this one plays
out more like a comic-book revenge story with the drug cartel in his
sights. Even though he's still apart of 'The Delta Force', this time
Norris goes it alone, and tackles South American drug lords led by an
impressively juicy and vicious Billy Drago bad guy performance of utter
evilness and slime. Norris' personal, easy-going turn, is less
mechanical to his first showing of the McCoy character.
Now this one was full-throttle from the get-go, and looked like it had a sizable budget. The gritty action is furious, and at times unpleasant. Just look at some of those remarkably creative stunt works involving an intense rock climb and thrilling sky dive. Some of the potent camera work neatly dons some sharp angles, and works in the jungle locations to great effect. There are explosions. Big ones. Numerous ones. Norris is that hard to kill, that they use a grenade launcher to stop him. Alas with no prevail. And you gotta love the inter-cutting slow-motion. Aaron Norris (yep Chuck's brother) directs by throwing caution to the wind, and while it's not first-rate handling and freshly organised. He demonstrates enough to keep you watching, and lets it tick along. The material is the real weak point. The bloated screenplay is covered with coincidences, and dialogues are fairly leaden. The rest of the performances are a can of worms. John P Ryan gleefully hams it up as Gen. Taylor and Richard Jeckal skews in as a determined DEA Agent. The beautiful Begona Plaza is appealingly good too.
I was expecting worse of this sequel. Pure tempo-laced b-action fun, where the cold stare of Drago steals the show.
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)
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