An essence of Hong Kong films like "S.P.L.2" is artistry of "Don't pay attention to its detail." Because of telling story, there are so many ludicrous expediencies (Emoji! Ultra-functioning translation! there is donor behind you!) but this movie makes laughable roughness into infinite power with WTF-ing breathtaking action sequenses. Especially, last battle is like bursting tidalwave of emotion, action and.....WOLF.
Exceptional fight choreography marks this latest from director Soi Cheang but why marketed as a sequel to SPL is beyond me when it doesn't share any character or storyline. Wu Jing plays a fallen undercover cop who finds himself in a Thai prison at the whim of a corrupt warden (Zhang Jin) who is using the prison to traffic human organs, while a conflicted prison guard (Tony Jaa) finds himself in between the chaos.
Thanks to director Cheang Pou-soi's autuerist streak, what could have easily been 'just another serviceable martial arts flick' is transformed into the best pure fight film since "The Raid 2." In Pou-soi's hands, the grimy sets drip with as much atmosphere as a horror film, setpieces unfold in bravado single camera takes to rival Hollywood, and the jaw-dropping climactic battle is set to Mozart's "Requiem."