(out of 5)
[Spoiler alert for part one] More nonsense that begins within seconds of the last one’s conclusion. A man falling from the sky should have been the end of his life, but our good friend Jason Statham is not one to be taken out so easily. Instead, he bounces on the pavement and is immediately carted off to a shady clinic where his heart is replaced with an artificial one. He wakes up, realizes his situation and now must tear across town looking for the bad guy who has his real heart so he can get it back into his body, along the way seeking out jump cables or police Tasers to keep the ticking machine inside him going or else he might die. This also means that at some point he and Amy Smart will have to have sex in public because, let’s face it, audiences are paying money. It’s the same ridiculous mess you got last time around, though it’s slightly elevated by the fact that it seems to be much more aware of its grindhouse nature and the implausibility of just about everything that happens is that much easier to forgive. If for nothing else, watch it for Bai Ling‘s ragingly confusing performance as the stripper who just knows that Statham is the one for her.
Screenplay by Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Cinematography by Brandon Trost
Music by Mike Patton
Production Design by Jerry Fleming
Costume Design by Dayna Pink