Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection Reviews
Ruthless South American drug kingpin has DEA captives and (you guess it) the bad guys shouldn't mess with Chuck. Tacky, connect-the-dots action thriller leads to surprisingly inconclusive ending. Billy Drago tries to breath life into his unoriginal, smarmy bad guy role. Director Aaron Norris is Chuck Norris' brother. Is the title derivative of THE FRENCH CONNECTION?
While The Delta Force was a huge project for Menahem Golan which had a huge scale and some A-list cast members, Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection is far from a project with the same ambition. Another film from the notorious company Cannon Films who specialized in low-budget action movies, Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection is an attempt to milk the modicum of success achieved by the original. As a Chuck Norris film it has a low-standard established, but as a sequel to one of his better works it has greater expectations to live up to. It fails to reach the same heights, but that's largely because the two features are very different films.
Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection could not have less to do with The Delta Force. Instead of having multiple prominent heroes responsible for the story's main mission and a collection of shootouts, car chases and missile-equipped motorcycles, Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection is far more focused on a small-scale tale of vengeance in which Col. Scott McCoy is on a stealth operation to avenge the death of his former partner and rescue the slaves and hostages of the antagonist. To appreciate Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection, viewers must remove themselves from the knowledge it is a sequel to The Delta Force. It's not difficult to do since they have little relevance to each other aside from the name of the protagonist, but viewers need to look at it simply as a generic Chuck Norris vehicle to get a kick out of it. In that regard, it is a somewhat decent film. It replicates the earlier Chuck Norris vehicle Missing in Action (1984) more closely than its actual predecessor, but it manages to borrow enough of the enjoyable elements of that film without being a clear-cut remake of it. But it is to be expected that it also borrows some of the lesser elements.
The script isn't amazing. Even though it has the room to wiggle some one-liners in, it fails to bring a humourous edge along. One scene depicts DEA Agent John Page is is ordered to leave San Carlos airspace immediately and the Academy Award-nominated actor in the role responds with "Why don't you shut the f*ck up?" while his head struggles to stay on his neck. But then again, there is always the potential that viewers will get a kick out of how much the language heavily adheres to genre conventions with a proud B-movie spirit.
Among the more favourable elements of Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection are the slick production values. Though clearly a low-budget film, Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection manages to make a convincing story due in part to its convincing scenery. Shot on-location, The Philippines provides a great backdrop to the story due to its mix of dry land and jungles. The cinematography manages to capture the colour in all this while staying true to its B-movie visual style. Most of the film is composed of simplistic medium-shots and some occasional close-ups, with the former ensuring that the spectacle is captured and the latter managing to add tension to things. This effectively means that the film has a good amount of appealing imagery, and that means that when it comes to the action side of things Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection is set up to succeed.
And it really does. Though not having the same level of over the top fun as its predecessor, Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection benefits from a lot of competently staged action scenes. There is an effective balance between soldiers having shootouts and helicopters blowing everything up. But most importantly, not neglecting its relevance as a Chuck Norris star vehicle, Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection gives the man room to flex his martial arts muscles. It could probably use a little more action, but either way Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection manages to deliver on the action front in by having an entertaining and fairly long climax of action scenes which boast effective stunts, strong cinematography and well-timed editing without overuse of slow motion.
And though it doesn't have the relentless patriotism that Alan Silvestri brought to its predecessor, Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection does benefit from a good musical score. One of the most impressive assets to the film, the musical score in Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection manages to capture the appropriate style of tension for the slow-burning stealth scenes and the larger scale battles. Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection's musical score is its one asset which is strong beyond the standards of a B-movie, it is simply an intense collection of compositions which fuel the film with energy and keep moving along.
And as always, Chuck Norris is an asset. Bulking with muscles and patriotic heroism, Chuck Norris adds his natural action charisma to Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection. Like I said, the film offers him plenty of opportunities to show off his skills in hand to hand combat as well as with a gun rested firmly in his hands. But beyond that, Chuck Norris is an engaging screen presence because he is rich with genuine tension. He grasps the theme of vengeance in the story by constantly keeping himself twisted in a strong mood of restrained aggression, able to act swift with firm line delivery or physical energy. Chuck Norris is more than just a gimmick in Delta Force 2: The Columbian Connection, he is the source of a genuinely good performance.
And even though Billy Drago is stuck with a lot of repetitive and conventional lines as antagonist Ramon Cota, he has a genuine nature of evil about him which makes him an appropriate fit.
So despite an absence of relevance to its predecessor and an adherence to the conventions of many other Chuck Norris movies, Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection remains a decent action B-movie which offers a competent sense of style and patriotism of its own right.
Its pretty straight forward stuff, the ever evil Billy Drago is the worlds most dangerous richest drug kingpin ever and he's flooding the US of A with lots of Lemsip....errr cocaine. So the DEA draft in Chuck Norris of Delta Force to basically save the South American country of 'San Carlos' where Drago is based, save the USA from all the drugs coming in...just save the world in general gosh darn it!.
Its all very predictable stuff that we've seen before (baring in mind its an old film of course), the step by step motions of any action flick really. The bad guys pull off some deals, kill some people, the good guys manage to capture the main boss, he gets away, he takes revenge on family members and this ignites Norris blah blah blah. It could easily be 'Lethal Weapon', well any of the first three really.
Norris plays the same character he plays in all of his action films, the same damn bloke!. He doesn't swear, he doesn't speak that much, his one liners are a bit tame but we always manage to see him topless at some point. That said he does the job we expect him to and he does it reasonably well, but he's no Arnie, JCVD, Jaa or Gibson if you ask me. I think the problem is his films never really come across as adult action flicks, they lack that bloody punch to really get you excited, I guess his films feel like slightly adult episodes of the A-Team.
In all honesty this film is so cheesy and cliched it feels like an old Bond film, especially with all the henchmen at the end wearing the exact same outfits. Not military garb which would be fine, but casual looking clothes, as if they all shopped in the same store or Drago ordered a huge supply of his favourite design. Speaking of Drago he's the boss here as usual, we all know Drago isn't exactly the best actor around but its his face. That snarly, slimy, creepy vamp-like face along with his skill of being a really really sadistic evil bastard that you just wanna see get taken down. Here he plays the white suited, white fedora wearing drug dealer to a tee, right down to the greasy pony tail. We know that Norris could break his neck in a heartbeat but Drago doesn't play like that, he's a shifty, dirty, underhanded slimeball who hides behind his henchmen and various weapons, love it.
The films poster was always ice cool, Norris calmly cradling an Uzi, it looks smart, alas the film isn't as cool. Its very by the numbers, highly hokey and doesn't really look that special either. For the most part its rather bland with not too much happening, the finale is much better of course but nothing to write home about. As said at the start this is when we see some Delta Force unit action but its nothing amazing, lots of explosions. If it wasn't for the uber cool Drago this film would be a bit boring really...there I said it.
* The Delta Force (1986)
* Delta Force 2 (1990)
* Missing In Action (1984)
* Invasion U.S.A. (1985)
* Hero And The Terror (1988)