Except that EP2 is not great. It is, in fact, all kinds of not great. So many kinds of not great, in fact, that they could open a "Not great" store and sell the nonsense to other, less incompetent film-makers hoping to make a bad name for themselves in the rip-off business.
Little about the movie really works. Even the presence of actors such as Stallone and Bautista can't do more than highlight how bad everything around them is. And it is bad, trust me.
The sets for the titular prison "Hades" are garishly lit with neon lighting, like a bad Tron ripoff. And that prison is not any prison that could ever be made on Earth. It is something from the future. They have, in addition to the neon lighting, force-fields, robots, hi-tech electro shock things and...my personal favourite... magic manacles that spring out of literally nowhere to shackle two prisoners together. No, I really mean that...out of nowhere!
This is the kind of movie I watched in the 80's with mates and a big old crate of beer. We'd sit, we'd drink and we'd mock the crap out of the awful movies we were watching. Well...I'm old now, my mates are far away and that crate of beer steadfastly refused to be a part of this watching, so I guess it sucks to be me. In fact, it sucks to be anyone that has to endure this movie. There is nothing here that you won't have seen in the original (except for the garish lighting and...oh! Did I mention the discordant, overly strident music? I didn't? Well now I have!) For extra bonus "bad" points, the music sometimes drowns out the character dialogue (which, in hindsigfht, is probably a mercy). Absolutely nothing here is worth your time. This isn't sequel bad. It's sequel to a sequel to a sequel bad.
Still not convinced? Take a gander at the crew credits. Now, I know it is fashionable to give a producer credit to all and sundry when making a movie, but thirty-three of them? Let that settle in for a moment. Thirty-three producers, executive producers and co-producers. In fact, very nearly as many producers as there are actors in this film (and yes, I am counting the random prisoners too). That's too many, people! Have you never heard of the saying about too many cooks, and broth?
Still, still not convinced? "Well," You say. "I like prison breakout movies. I'll find something to like!" No...you won't. Because even if there was something to like...say... the fight scenes... they are utterly ruined by the over-reliance on "Shaky-Cam (tm)"! Yes, swoon as you have little idea of what is going on in a fight scene. Frown as you wonder why even non-fight scenes merit the scene-disrupting presence of the worst gimmick to be consistently overdone since the invention of 3D. Seriously, the shaky-cam...the ever-present neon lighting and some questionable cutting and editing, all make this an assault far worse than anything endured by the movie's characters.
Then there are the FX. Super-imposed explosions that look straight out of Southpark. A garage door bursting open as a car rams through it...before the car actually reaches it... you get the idea.
I don't know what else to say. It is bad. Badly made. Poorly scripted. Weakly acted and with a story/sets and premise that is just laughable.
SUMMARY: Awful, charmless assault on the senses. Bad story, sets and camerawork. Loud obnoxious music. Garish lighting. Like watching a bad film in a disco. A really bad disco. Do yourselves a favour...don't bother with this one.