It's true what everyone else is saying...if you are not a fan of the first movie there is almost no point in seeing this one. That being said, this sequel is fucking awesome! I say fucking awesome because you can't describe a movie like this with quippy wit and deep philisophical prose. The comedy and it's action are purely seeking out immediate gratification for a very particular audience...not a dumb audience...just a particular one.
Troy Duffy has a great eye for that audience. He understands how to make them laugh and mix that in with slow motion kick-ass action sequences. So, in other words...if you are a fan of this movie, don't be pissed that other people don't like it. It's not for them. Be happy that Mr. Duffy made it to please you. My only issues with the movie were that it was edited poorly in a couple parts. Some scenes just weren't necessary and messed up the flow of the movie. Duffy seemed to be able to do without those scenes in the first one which allowed for consistent action and plot flow in addition to some fun surprises on the DVD bonus features.
Also, as a side note I have to say, really Mr Flanery? You're only in your forties. Was plastic surgery really necessary? I know you missed your young Indiana Jones days but this just makes you look awkward. Oh well, you're still a bad ass in my book.
This is a gem that snuck past almost everyone because of it's limited release but don't be fooled because this is quality work from everyone involved. The acting is very well done from the entire cast including dare I say...ahem...David Schwimmer. The story takes it beyond a cookie cutter political thriller into the realm of a thoughtful brainstorming on ethical journalism but without the preachy script that normal bogs down films of its kind. I highly recommend it and especially to those who like to find the good ones that few others know about.