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iconic humour and Jackson’s cussing, then you’ll appreciate the addition of Hayek and the anger-fuelled brazenness she brings to the film. Reynolds continues his stellar portrayal of a loser who’s capable of anything. There is a massive cast hidden throughout the movie with Morgan Freeman as a weird but wonderful addition, although blink and you’ll miss his very limited screen time. There was little substance to this script and the plot was highly improbable, but it wasn’t lacking in belly laughs. You’ll be able to appreciate that the action (while far-fetched) was exciting and non-stop. The violence is cartoonish rather than gory, although if you have a weak stomach you might find a few scenes disturbing. The villains may have been stereotypical but they’ll keep the viewer entertained – who knew Antonio Banderas and his silver locks could be so wicked? Hats off to Atli Örvarsson for carrying his musical flair across from the original film, and Terry Stacey did a decent job with the cinematography.
The first film isn’t required viewing to enjoy the sequel, but if you’re a fan of the original you’re going to love this second take. For best results, experience it on the big screen not just for the action but to share the dumb laughs with a room full of strangers. For all its cheesiness I did thoroughly enjoy this film and would recommend it for a one-off watch and a bit of a giggle.
TStory Nick Allford
his film doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is – comedic, violent, unapologetically ridiculous, and an
unrealistic sequel to another equally insane film. The first film was a good laugh, full of cheek and undeniable chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson.
The sequel decided to add Sonia Kincaid (played by Salma Hayek), a trigger-happy wild woman with a love for swearing and a loathing for anyone who insults her age. It was great seeing her in a rawer and ruder role, where she could unleash her comedic beast. It does exactly what it says on the tin – if you already love Reynolds’

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