This movie is ridiculous in all the right ways. You get the requisite man vs crowd scene, good mano a mano fights, and several "don't they have a union?" sequences when the actors take inhumane levels of damage to their bodies in service to the action. You also get melodrama so over the top, yet seemingly so sincere, that I think all you can do is smile. Somehow refreshing even though it has been done before.
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."