When I was a kid growing up, I was a huge fan of Jean Claude Van Damme and all of his films. I have been becoming a huge fan of Scott Adkins (Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear) as of late so when I saw that he was starring in Hard Target 2 which is the sequel to Van Damme’s film, I decided to watch it for Ass Whoopin Wednesdays. Wes Baylor (Adkins) is one of the best in Mixed Martial Arts, but when he kills his best friend in the ring during a match, he can’t handle the guilt so he quits. After disappearing and taking underground fights in Thailand, he is contacted by a business man offering him a big payday. There’s only one catch, he is to be hunted by a group of rich hunters. If he can make it to the border he lives, but if he doesn’t he dies. The film also stars Robert Knepper (Hitman) as Aldrich, Rhona Mitra (The Number 23) as Sofia, Temuera Morrison (Star Wars: Episode III-Revenge Of The Sith) as Madden, Ann Truong (Hunters) as Tha, Adam Saunders (Blue Water High) as Esparto, Peter Hardy (Chopper) as Jacob Zimling, Sean Keenan (Strangerland) as Tobias Zimling, and the film was directed by Roel Reiné (Death Race 2). Before we check out the review of the film, let’s take a look at the stats:
The stats for this film were straightforward and sometimes a little tricky with certain questions. In the film Scott has about 26 kills/knockouts and I put an no next to origin story because we don’t know much about him other than he killed his best friend in a match. I wasn’t sure what to put for an answer as far as love interest was concerned because we don’t really know if he becomes a thing with Tha. As far as the next question s concerned, he did kill his best friend and Tha is also under attack as well. The big boss is defeated, but as always you’ll have to watch for yourself to find out how. I am really starting to become a big fan of Scott Adkins (I review Ninja: Shadow Of A Tear before) and he’s been in some films that I loved like The Expendables 2, etc. I’m not positive if I’ve seen the original Hard Target, but this wasn’t a bad film on it’s own. Sure, it’s basically a martial arts version of The Most Dangerous Game, but that’s what Hollywood and everyone else does. They rehash old ideas and they try to disguise them as fresh new ideas.The martial arts action in the film is pretty sick and I love all of the fight scenes with Adkins as a fighter before he joins the hunt. Those were some pretty sick fight scenes in the film for sure. You have to love the scenic shots of Thailand both in the city and in the jungle that are provided to you in the film including the closing credits. It wasn’t a bad action movie and of course you know what you’re getting with them. I am going to give the film 3.7 fists out of five for a final grade.