Exterminator 2 Reviews
I don't get the hate for these kind of films, any film with a masked man carrying a flame thrower is obviously not going to be for critics.
If anything in the film works, it's the gang stuff with Mario Van Peebles. He's an odd one to critique. He's the main gang leader, badass, yet his acting speaks different vibes. On one hand, he often seems like a guy that isn't cut out for being "bad", but other times he redeems it. His character seems human this way, where he's really just a troubled teenager who lost his brother, but is driven to the edge to claim havoc on the streets. For all I know, he's not a very good actor, but he worked enough. Hell, he says "I am the streets!" He's a fair rival for Guinty I'd say. The action bits are cool for sure, even if a little redundant, though a big garage shootout redeems itself to be cool, even if a little silly when Guinty rigs a truck with missiles and guns. The final showdown between Peebles and Guinty isn't really a showdown, just a game of hide and seek.
Overall, Exterminator 2 isn't a very good film and is very incoherent. A lot of the movie isn't very exciting, if anything, just ridiculous and dull. But when the war between Guinty and Peebles gang builds up to the last half hour, its worth watching. It's a short flick, and as far as sleazy 80's flicks go, Exterminator 2 isn't too bad, but in general it's poor and a guilty sleazy pleasure at best. I'd watch it back to back with The Exterminator, but yea the first, while also sleazy and trashy, had more motivation behind the story and worked better.
Wow, the "pro" critic over at Juicy Cerebellum did a great job with "Every single one of these sucked". What all two of them? Jackass. Anyone familiar with 80's and 90's urban based beat-em-up video games (Streets of rage, Double dragon, Vendetta) will notice a connection with the representation of street gangs and a city in turmoil. This is a more fun, less gritty, action based affair with "Evil Peebles" facing the rough end of Ginty's flame thrower as he quite literary takes out the trash. Any fans of the original, or Cannon's brand of 80's R-rated action should check this out. And what a poster! They don't make'em like that any more.
The original Exterminator has always been classed as a bit of a classic and second only to Death Wish when the vigilante genre is talked about, and a sequel was inevitable. The basic premise of these types of movie is simple enough, and you think that it is something that can never go wrong - but Exterminator 2 manages to go wrong to epic proportions. No elements are brought forward from it's predecessor, which makes all the angst the main character suffers just laughable as there no points of reference. The first movie dealt with some very gritty issues, but the plot of the sequel is pure schlock, and the gang of young villains look and feel like they are trying out for a part in a Mad Max movie. The action is ok, but there really isn't' just enough of it, and when it does happen it just becomes more over the top and unbelievable, and some of the end battle sequences look like they would fit better into an episode of The A-Team. The acting is incredibly wooden, but it kind of worked in the first movie, but not in this one as some humour and love interest are also injected which just makes it all very messy. All in all this is a pretty poor sequel and a very bad movie, which really should have never been made, an this reviewer is only giving it one star, because it will actually make any viewer giggle in places at how ridiculous the whole thing is.
A movie this awful is a sin, I want to forget it exists.
They are sticking up corner shops for a few dollars and mugging people on the street for as little as $13, and yet they have an arsenal that the Tailban would be proud of. The boss Mario Van Peebles is like a third sadomasochist member of WWF duo The Legion Doom.
Ginty also puts B.A. Baracus to shame when he uses some bits and pobs from his lock up and turns his garbage truck into a mini tank. "Its time to take out the garbage".
If you like bad films, this is a classic.
Minus: Mario Van Peebles