Kill Zone 2 ("SPL 2 : A Time For Consequences")
“In a film overflowing with fighting talent, everyone gets their moment in the sun and it never feels contrived” – Elizabeth Kerr, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Chai’s daughter suffers from a rare form of leukemia. Struggling to meet the soaring hospital costs, he accepts a job as a prison guard. As his daughter’s condition deteriorates, he does his damndest to establish communication with the one donor who could save her life. On the job, Chai is tasked with keeping an eye on Kit, a Hong Kong cop who has infiltrated a human trafficking ring. Kit has had the misfortune, following a bust that went down wrong, of being locked up in the Thai prison where Chai works. Despite the language barrier, the two manage to make themselves understood — and Chai realizes that Kit is in fact the donor he seeks! Now he’s determined to keep Kit alive — at any cost.
KILL ZONE 2 is the sequel to the martial arts classic SPL (aka KILL ZONE), released in 2005. However, you don’t need to have seen the first to get the most out of this second dose. Even if Simon Yam is back, reprising his role, this is still a whole different kettle of fists. Wu Jing is in the cast too, though he plays an entirely different character than that which made him famous a decade ago. What’s really carried over from KILL ZONE, though, is the talent and originality behind the action. Zhang Jin, whom one may recall from IP MAN 3, RISE OF THE LEGEND and THE GRANDMASTER, joins Thai legend Tony Jaa for some truly astounding scenes — including a magnificent long take through a prison riot that will have you on the edge of your seat. Soi Cheang (SHAMO, ACCIDENT, LOVE BATTLEFIELD) is no stranger to Fantasia, and he doesn’t disappoint with this action extravaganza that only ups the ante on its predecessor.
— Éric S. Boisvert