A full decade has passed since the filming of the first movie, and I guess that goes to show the first movie didn't gain the kind of recognition it should have gained, but that someone watched through it and thought "Hey, this is pretty good!" and decided to give it another shot and make a sequel. Though they added all the Hollywood elements missing in the prequel they didn't manage to make it better.
Instead of the jungle, they added a city. Big mistake. The main actor (whatever his name is, he's not a known one) fits much better in the lush green realm of savage down-to-earth warfare than he does in the open, uncamouflaged, acting like he can sense danger when he's constantly surrounded by the smell and sound that follows civilization. It's not the wilderness anymore, and he just doesn't fit in. They added a black person too, and a chick, and a real enemy to focus on, and an idealist that doesn't like war, and a betrayal, and the death of a good guy that you didn't expect would ever die to make the movie memorable, but none of those elements make the movie any better.
By now you probably think that I really don't like this movie, that I believe it was one of the biggest disappointments of the new millennium and I'll never watch it again. I'll probably never watch it again, that's a truth, but otherwise I did enjoy watching this, though not as much as the first one, and I was expecting more. Or rather, I was expecting less. Less main characters. Less explosions. Less shots fired.
In the first one great focus was put into the precision and patience required by the sniper. Here all of that is gone. The time spent waiting is practically cut out, and that doesn't just bring down the level of suspense, it breaks the atmosphere completely. In the first movie the characters spent a lot of time venturing through the jungle, crawling through the grass, walking through a river, but in this one you don't see any walking, unless they're being chased or a punch line needs to be said. One scene starts with one sniper asking the other if he managed to sleep. The other sniper answers no. That's about as close as we get to experiencing the patience one with such an occupation must have, the willpower to not fall asleep, the possibility that there might be someone scoping them while they're trying to remain in the shadows. Maybe I should formulate it like this: the movie has a good plot, and a lot of action, but it has no soul - no atmosphere.
Good movie, but it just doesn't measure up to the first one. Shame.
rated 3/5: not bad