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I'm guessing a lot of hate for the movie is coming from western audience (although I'm reading Slavs like it).
First, the good news.
Hong Kong movies are infamous for mediocre and derivative stories. SPL 2 is an attempt to be more, and I think it succeeded for the most part. Was the narrative unnecessarily convoluted? A little bit, but the overall motivation somewhat justified the plot. It can feel long-winded but not insufferable.
The action is top class. Tony Jaa, Wu Jing and Zhang Jin all displayed some real top class martial arts choreography that would humiliate feeble Hollywood action sequences. The reason is, Hong Kong movie industry understands pain and violence; every hit an actor gives or receives is expressed with realism through their motion and their countenance. Every facial feature is captured so that the audience can see that our hero/villain is suffering, and we love it.
Special mention must be made to the Knife Assassin for a great knife scenes in the stairwell and his fight with Wu Jing at the hospital reception.
In fact, the best thing about SPL 2 are the bad guys. Zhang Jin is just delicious as the Chief Warden of Thai Penitentiary, portraying the final boss with great relish and panache as well as even learning Thai language to make his role more authentic. His final fight scene with both Tony Jaa and Wu Zhing, in an all white hall room with dramatic classical music playing, is masterfully executed.
Yes, I also have to mention the really good stages and locations. Scenes from the airport, the prison riot in Thailand and the Hospital are all very well built and captured. All in all the production quality here is also solid.
Now the not-so-good news.
The pacing could've been better. The beginning and middle of the film was devoted to plot and if it wasn't for the action scenes, it would've been completely boring. The editing and screen write could've have been more polished, considering that they had a budget of USD 23 million, but like all Hong Kong films, they never take put in the effort to make a cohesive fluid narrative.
Which is why I think many Westerners won't like this show, especially with IMDb's snobby, pretentious reviewers who think they are Roger Ebert. But screw 'em.
The show is a good Asian action film, and Asian action films are like Marvel summer blockbuster films. You want to see people kicking butt, this is well recommended.
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