The first one dealt with an official tournament, this time it's underground. In a place rich folks go to get entertained, suitably called 'The Colosseum', the champion and owner - Brakus (Ralf Moeller) - lurks behind the scenes, waiting to meet the final contestant, as people fight for money and the audience decides whether they die or not.
The reckless Travis (Chris Penn) from the original tournament decides, as overconfident as ever, to take on the champion, and for that he pays the price. A few days later Tommy and Alex find him in a river, a supposed victim of a tragic car accident, but Alex's son has seen it all, and soon they're running for their lives as people bust into Alex's home, guns ablaze, and try to silence them once and for all. It's one long chase and then one decisive battle, with a few other short notable reappearances from the previous tournament and a stage of learning and bonding amidst it all (Tommy meets his dad again, right before he gets killed).
Compared to the previous movie there's definitely much more action, explosions, gunfights, all in all an exciting voyage, but it also feels like the plot is slowly moving away from what the series was really all about... wonder in which direction the next segment will take it!
rated 3/5: not bad