If I were marking only the first fifteen minutes of this film, it would get a ‘Good’. The rest…well you can see for yourself. These marks tie in exactly with the amount of time Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson spend on screen together. They’ve got some great banter and are genuinely amusing. It’s a decent start to the film and promises a little something at least.
Things take a massive nosedive from that point on though, as a film that I least expected to be mindlessly entertaining and silly turned out to be really boring. The first film was many things, but boring was not one of them. Since that was overall a pile of crap it doesn’t say much for this one!
It just doesn’t come to anything. All the posturing and guns. The phoning it in Bruce Willis. None of it makes an impression. Even Johnson, whose presence and charisma usually carry him through doesn’t seem completely there.
This sequel also asks us to remember some of the first film whilst forgetting the majority of it. An odd decision to make and possibly what makes it all seem so confused.
Of course there is the possibility of a sequel. But they’ve had two bites of the apple now, and neither has tasted all that good. I wouldn’t bother.