American Ninja 2: The Confrontation Reviews
When Marines on a tropical paradise start disappearing, it's up to Curtis Jackson and the American Ninja, Joe Armstrong (often imitated, never duplicated) to get to the bottom of things. With a little help, Jackson and Armstrong must stop an evil scientist from creating his own brand of genetically engineered super ninjas. SERIOUSLY.
Alright. The skinny on this film: 'American Ninja 2' is hella fun. This is easily the second greatest movie ever made. Everything from the theme song to the fight scenes, the Val Kilmer-lookalike to the cheesy acting may not scream Oscar, but it sure screams entertaining. On top of that, the plethora of one liners generated from this masterpiece can be applied to any aspect of our daily lives: "Rangers, my son, rangers." This is truly a movie to snub the critics and entertain the masses.
But they are all great.
This movie seems to be as good as the original American Ninja (1985) movie. Both Joe Armstrong and Curtis "Action" Jackson continue to make a great pair in these films.
There's several sequels to this film. American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989)- this film doesn't feature Michael Dudikoff. American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990), which does feature Michael Dudikoff. The final film in the collection is American Ninja 5 (1993), which again, doesn't feature Michael Dudikoff. This film doesn't seem to follow the story from the previous four films.
The action is pretty good, but it doesn't make sense in large part. The objective of the drug lord is to turn moral men into ninja machines with the help of a scientist whom he promised to help fund so that he can cure cancer.
The thing that doesn't make sense is that while trying to impress everyone with these new killers he has his main man destory about 25 of them at one time. Yeah, these ninja's look REALLY tough.
Also, the blonde guy isn't really believeable for the character he played. C'mon, this guy was a male model! Steve James is alot better and actually brings personality to the picture.
In final, I'll just say it's a movie that's pretty much an excuse to show off some impressive stunts... The movie works there, but the plot holes and lack of interesting characters doesn't give this film much depth.