MOVIE REVIEW: Kill Zone 2

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Kit (Wu Jing) is a Hong Kong police officer who goes deep undercover in order to capture organ harvester and criminal mastermind Mr. Hung (Louis Koo). The entire operation goes sour real quick and Kit finds himself in a Thai prison with no help from the outside. His uncle Wah (Simon Yam) wants nothing more than to find him but his superiors want to call the operation off. He decides to defy all orders and go off on his own to do whatever he has to in order to locate Kit. At the same time, Thai guard Chai (Tony Jaa) is adjusting to his new job after leaving the police force. It’s very difficult for him since he’s dealing with a daughter who has leukemia. He’s trying to save as much money as he can for a bone marrow transplant that could save her life. He begins to take money on the side from crooked warden Ko (Zhang Jin)so he can put it towards the operation. Wrestling with their own personal demons, Kit and Chai form an unlikely friendship and together they’ll fight to make the wrong things right.

KILL ZONE 2 is an ‘in name only’ sequel to the 2005 film which starred Sammo Hung and Donnie Yen. The film was originally titled SHA PO LANG (or SPL for short). KILL ZONE was the title given both pictures upon their North American releases. With all that hub-bub out of the way, KZ 2 might be the best action film of 2016 thus far. It has an arresting story with some seriously gritty, brutal action that gives THE RAID films a run for their money.

When Tony Jaa released THE PROTECTOR 2, I made a comment somewhere on social media about how it wasn’t very good but I believed Jaa would again one day make another great film (ONG BAK and THE PROTECTOR are fantastic). SKIN TRADE was most certainly a step in the right direction but this was a huge leap forwards, he even stretches his abilities as an actor and creates a relatable character. Wu Jing also gives a stellar and believable performance as a cop who has gone too far, one who begins to feel the error of his ways. And who the hell doesn’t love Simon Yam, one of the greatest screen actors of our time.

The action in KZ 2 is completely insane!! These guys go all out in order to bring the audience some of the most thrilling action I’ve seen in a very long time. It’s fast paced, inventive, and without question, highly exciting. The camera captures the action with skill and employs several unique camera moves to show the audience just how dangerous some of these stunts really are. Director Cheang Pou-Soi has proven he’s a force to be reckoned with. He’s combined modern action with classic storytelling to bring us a film which I will go so far as to call a modern action classic, don’t miss it!!