In an underground fight club, black-belt Travis Brickley (Chris Penn) is killed after losing to the evil martial arts master Brakus (Ralf Moeller). Travis’ death is witnessed by Walter Grady, the son of his best friend Alex Grady (Eric Roberts). Alex and his partner, Tommy Lee (Phillip Rhee), vow to avenge their friend’s death by defeating Brakus and shutting down the fight club.
Rating: 2 out of 10
Why am I reviewing a 20-year-old movie that is the sequel to a film with a tiny cult following? Well, like many of you, I have Netflix instant streaming and in the middle of the night I’ll pick the most intellectually devoid film I can find when I don’t want my brain teased by a smart script. There may be no better actor to look to for a cheesy fun film than Eric Roberts.
The first “Best of the Best” was famous for having the most grown men cry in a Karate movie. If you don’t believe me, just rent it. It’s fucking hilarious! These guys cry at the drop of a hat and sometimes over nothing. There’s one scene where Eric Roberts is getting booted from the United States karate team and gives his coach the “it’s all I know” speech. It’s pure classic cheese and I suppose sitting and watching it reminds me of when my brother and I were young, sitting around our living room with a bowl of popcorn and a cheesy action movie like “Blood Sport.”
“Best of the Best 2” picks up a couple of years after the first film. Tommy, Alex and Travis have opened their own karate studio and life is just swell. That is, until Travis decides to get in an underground, no-rules tournament called the Coliseum that is owned by Brakus, the ultimate baddie. If you enter the tournament and beat Brakus you win the whole operation which Wayne Newton, the host (I couldn’t make this up) claims makes $20 million a year. Of course, Travis has to go “Rocky IV” and get killed in the ring. What follows are some of the dumbest scenes in film history and have absolutely no logic at all. Here are a few of the plot points that make no sense:
1. After Travis is killed, do Alex and Tommy call the police? No, they go to the club and Kung-Fu their way in to find out nothing.
2. Alex and Tommy are hunted by Brakus’ hit-men (Who also run his stage show. Yes, they’re assassins and roadies) when they decide to escape to an Indian reservation instead of calling the police. Again, dumb.
3. At the reservation, Tommy’s drunk brother admits he fought Brakus and lost. He’s the only man to survive an encounter with him and he wants to train Tommy and Alex. Why in the fuck would you want to be trained by the guy who got his ass kicked by the very man you seek revenge against?
4. Brakus’ main motivation for fighting Tommy is that he kicked him into a mirror and cut his face. This caused him to get stitches and a big scar. So, basically, he wants to get Tommy in the ring for fucking up up his face by giving him another opportunity to mess it up some more. Wow, brilliant writing.
I suggest this flick for a good laugh and not much else. As a film, it’s the worst of the worst…..part 2.
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