The guys definitely have smaller roles to play in this one! And especially Piotr Stramowski, who had such a prominent role in the former. Apart from one intro bust scene he's not very present at all, and seems to be there mostly just to support his wife, and daughter, and to keep things rolling. Because this time: it's all about the women.
So after the initial bust scene we move on to different kinds of bust scenes, and follow the lives of a group of truthfully tough women as they go about their lives, both within and outside the police force - or prison - and sometimes both.
As with the earlier movie everyone's fates seem to interweave and make for a somewhat messy, but at the same time very authentic and tough tale of criminal lives. They're still not adverse to nudity or gore, and though those scenes aren't many the movie has a refreshingly uncensored atmosphere that way. It feels real. Especially with personal relations.
The elaborate schemes the criminals resort to in these movies are another very authenticating aspect. Some of this could be real... maybe all of it.
The new main nemesis, 'Sugar', played by Sebastian Fabijanski, puts on a great role too, and we get to see a few re-occurring faces from the prior movie too, at the end unexpectedly also Fear, who contributes some appreciatively crude comedy to an otherwise serious and savage film. Some of the humor probably doesn't pass translation, and character relations and dialog come across just as tough as the action.
Maybe I'll learn a thing or two about Poland if I keep watching these though! And I hope they'll be making more. So far I'm enjoying every one, and the enhanced female presence here isn't a bad thing either.
It's a movie series featuring all walks of life. All types. Expendables to Mercenaries. Unfortunately there's still plenty of lose ends, like whatever happened to the rest of the gang after Sugar met his old comrades in a field of blood. But nevertheless: good watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle