The second volume to Nymphomaniac was very good too, although not as good as it's predecessor. The acting once again was excellent, and Charlotte Gainsbourg delivered a beautifully complicated and crafted performance. The story started right from where the first volume ended, but this one was missing maybe the surprise factor or the once unknown character development. I did liked that it touched various aspects about her nymphomania, like the ups and downs and moving forward from her sexual discoveries. Also, just her giving accepting herself and embracing it was a wonderful scene. Moreover, the conclusion to this journey was very gratifying to me, because this was just her telling her story and understanding what her situation was and that she had the control over it.
I liked the fact that it had a very cool idea, and that even though it has been played many times, this time it felt more authentic and refreshing. Although, I felt like the story didn't reach it's full potential, it still managed to be inventive enough and it also had some pretty amazing effects, that I still cannot imagine how they made them with such low budget. Overall, it was more of a science fiction found footage, than a horror film, and it definitely reminded me a lot of Chronicle.
I thought this movie had very good potential because of its cast and plot, but it ended up disappointing me. Because even though Kristen Wiig's performance was very good, the story seemed to go nowhere and it's conclusion wasn't developed at all. Also, the characters seemed to have little to nothing development. I really liked the first half of the movie, but the second half felt rushed and not very cohesive.
This was one of my most anticipated movies of the year, and therefore I had such high expectations. Therefore I must say, that even though it wasn't what I was expecting, it still was pretty effing amazing! I'm still amazed at how they managed to make all those stunts look so real, and just simple deliver more and more, every time going one step further. Although I still felt like the running time of 2 hr and 30 min, was too long, mostly because of all the plot and new characters being introduced. But once the action started going on one after another, I didn't want the movie to end. I felt like the second half was way better because it was all about the action instead of setting the story and characters. Two new characters that I really enjoyed and hoped they had more on-screen time were the 'Hammer Girl' and the 'Baseball Bat Man' because the way they fought was very new to the movie, as well as extremely refreshing and gritty. But my favorite, hands down was 'Hammer Girl', not only because it was the first female to be incorporated in both The Raid movies, but also because of her skills. I really was expecting her to be more on the movie, or just to have a more important role, but at least when she was on-screen she kicked ass. And finally, the last fight was one of the best I've seen, it kept me on the edge of my seat and it just made a knot out of my nerves. It was extremely well staged and just unbelievably full of adrenaline. Overall, it is one of the best action films I've seen, and even though I'm not quite sure if it's better than the first. I'm 100% that it's nothing less impressive and action packed than the first movie, if not it exceeds it in unbelievably creative action sequences, while the pace of the story is not as great as its prequel.