Movie Review – Kill Zone 2 (2016)

Kill Zone 2
Directed by Pou-Soi Cheang
Courtesy of Well Go USA
Release Date: July 19, 2016

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Actor/action star Tony Jaa continues to impress me with each new film he releases. I never get tired of seeing what he can do, and he tackles each role with zest and intensity. Such is the case with KILL ZONE 2, a film released this week from Well Go USA. Jaa once again wows with his propensity for bone-breaking fight scenes…but this time, we get to see a more emotional side of the talented martial artist as well. This makes KILL ZONE 2 a well-rounded and entertaining action flick.

If you are not familiar with KILL ZONE 2, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Well Go USA:

When an undercover cop gets too close to revealing the mastermind of a drug syndicate, his cover is blown. Double-crossed and under a false identity, he’s thrown into a Thai prison, where a guard discovers the inmate – claiming he’s a cop – is a bone marrow match for his dying daughter…and his warden may have an even deadlier operation hidden within the prison walls.

In this giddily frenetic follow-up (though not a sequel) to modern martial arts epic KILL ZONE (aka SPL: SHA PO LANG), action icons Tony Jaa (ONG BAK, THE PROTECTOR) Wu Jing (WOLF WARRIOR) and Zhang Jin (IP MAN 3) team up with Hong Kong megastars Simon Yam and Louis Koo for a breakneck story of dirty cops, prison riots, and black market organ transplants, all brought together by a non-stop series of inventive, bone-crunching setpieces.

This is one of those films you can watch over and over, just to relish in the high intensity action. While the fight choreography never gets too outrageous, it’s still crazy fun to watch regardless. And the best part is that you don’t have to watch the first film to know what’s going on in this one.

KILL ZONE 2 is shot well and looks great onscreen. The production value appears high, and the filmmakers do a great job of putting the film together as a whole.

The acting is very good, with Jaa portraying the main character. He is joined in a co-leading role by Wu Jing, who is an action icon on the rise. Both men do a great job with their parts. They are supported by Simon Yam and Louis Koo to round out a stellar cast.

The story in KILL ZONE 2 is emotionally charged and full of tension. I like how it makes the characters more than just two-dimensional fighting machines. But when combined with the action, the result is pure gold. You can’t ask for much more out of an action picture.

KILL ZONE 2 is great on every level, and I highly recommend it. The film is available now in a variety of formats, so give it a look.


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