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This film carries on from the first in a sort of confusing yet somewhat understandable way. Quentin's usual way of mixing the story around and making it even go backwards is extremely interesting but at the same time mind boggling. I guess it's a marmite thing, you either love this sort of stuff or hate it. I hated it. Just play the film in order of events!
I found the storyline a little hard to get used to and pick up on. Quentin used an excellent bit of script but when it came to actually portraying that storyline on the screen it feels like it's missing something. It doesn't have the same grip as the first one did, as there are a lot of scenes which are irrelevant or long winded. Like the wedding scene, this took way too long to explain and should have been dealt with a lot quicker.
I really did enjoy the effects and special props they used in this film, like the eye ball in the trailer which is simply taken out, thrown on the floor and somehow still moving around. But Quentin does have a wild imagination and as such, a lot of the things in this film are pure hollywood make believe. Like the five finger death punch where you put your fingers on five pressure points, take 3 steps and your heart explodes. Complete and utter nonsense but a very interesting use of imagination and for me at least, this does work.
I quite enjoyed the martial arts training scenes and I thought that whilst some of it is a bit extreme and crazy like the samurai swords and punching wood from a short distance, it did all have a purpose and is used in the main storyline of the film beautifully so kudos to the director here and the writers.
I found some parts of this film quite funny too, the chinese martial arts master is forever taking the mick out of the Japanese (in a light hearted manner) and there are several one liners that sound almost like James Bond when he has something to say after annihilating a bad guy. This is the sort of thing that kept me going throughout the film, and this really fits in with the characters personalities well.
The acting was top notch, there were not bad extras, and the characters used the script as if they had written it, it suited them perfectly. I couldn't find anywhere in the film where acting was not to a high standard so credit to all the actors there, they did a good job. I found it particularly above par during the fighting scenes, because while this is well choreographed and set out, the actors facial expressions and their grunting noises make it sound as if it was spontaneous and that they themselves are completely immersed in the battle.
Overall a quite enjoyable film but I will say this: It's not as good as the first one.