Published on September 6th, 2012 | by Chris0
Behind Enemy Lines 2: Axis of Evil (2006)
Whew, that's better. Behind Enemy Lines 2: Axis of Evil isn't a masterpiece of modern cinema. But then again it doesn't try to be. It is what it is, and that's a kick ass thrill ride with lots of tech, guns, and pyrotechnics. Basically a good old fashioned "guy movie" war movie.
Seems that North Korea is suddenly, out of nowhere, getting ready a nuclear ICBM. For what purpose you ask? Shut up, its not important. The important part is that we have to stop them. More precisely, the Navy SEALS have to stop them. Instead of an all out invasion and ensuing shitstorm, the president sends them in to get it done.
BUT (you knew that was coming) at the last minute the operation is aborted. Not before four of the SEALs actually HALO jump from the plane. Oops. That leaves Lt. James (Nick Gonzales) and new dad "Spaz" (Matt Bushell) all on their own in a strange land. Eventually they're captured, and they lose the other two guys who jumped. The ensuing politcal fracas that erupts is nearly as entertaining as the firefights. The President (Peter Coyote) and the generals mostly pull off a convincing series of war-room scenes, fraught with plenty of tension and powergrabs and pissing matches.
To the rescue come the South Korean's special forces, and they stage a daring escape. That's all I'm going to tell you (no spoilers!)... but suffice it to say the good guys win (were you expecting anything else?)
Honestly, I went into this one expecting the worst, and was pleasantly surprised instead. Sure its no Saving Private Ryan, but like I said, it doesn't try to be. If you let slip your guard, you can just enter that sphere of believability and just have fun with it. There's never any moments that are excessively outlandish (well, maybe one) to the point where it loses credibility. The acting is not great (the war room scenes are definitely better in this respect) but Gonzales really manages to pull off a decent action-hero type. No Van Damme or Dolph here. He's helped immensely by a supporting cast of very familiar faces, especially in the war movie genre.
Yeah, I liked it. Probably more than I should have. Sometimes I do that.
Behind Enemy Lines Ii: Axis of Evil Blu-ray
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The fate of the world hangs in the balance in this explosive action thriller. Brace yourself for nonstop action and chilling suspense, because there's no turning back in this pulse-pounding sequel that takes you Behind Enemy Lines for another adrenaline-fueled adventure! When a team of U...
DVD InformationBinding: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Original Release Date:
- Nicholas Gonzalez
- Matt Bushell
- Keith David
- Denis Arndt
- Ben Cross
- Factory sealed DVD
Summary: A surprisingly fun B-movie thrill ride reminiscent of Rambo's glory days.