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Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses Blu-ray Review

Bad Ass 2- Bad Asses Blu-ray

“Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses” is about what you would expect it to be.

Danny Trejo (best known from the “Machete” films) reprises his role as the bearded vigilante hero Frank Vega in the direct to home video “Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses.” In this outing, we find that Frank is running a community center while also training a budding boxer (Manny) whom he views as the son he never had. Unbeknownst to Frank, Manny is mixed up in selling drugs which tragically leads to his demise when a powerful Drug Lord’s son (Adolfo) has him killed. Wanting to find out who killed Manny, Frank sets out on a potentially deadly quest to find answers with his aging, ill, grouchy, convenience store clerk buddy Bernie (played by Danny Glover of “Lethal Weapon” fame). Can the two contend with the Drug Lord Leandro and his son Adolfo or are they out of their depths?

From the get go, “Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses” knows what it is and makes no bones about it. This is strictly tongue-in-cheek B-movie entertainment that contains 2 aging action stars and a plethora of jokes about age, action film conventions and even the absurdity of this sequel. As you can imagine, the standard issue action movie plot barely has enough story to hold the film together for the 90 minute running time, but I don’t think the movie prides itself on the screenplay. This is very much a gimmicky action movie that flaunts its two Danny leads, and thankfully, they both seem to be having fun here. The two have a surprising amount of on-screen chemistry here as they make this forced sequel watchable. Yes, the plot and gimmick may wear outs its welcome, but you can do worse than seeing Trejo and Glover bicker and kick-ass.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? This is a solid looking low budget action flick.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Aside from some truly terrible sound f/x aside, this track is adequate.

The only extras include a Digital HD copy, Fox trailers, and a 10 minute behind-the-scenes featurette called “The Making of Bad Asses.”

Overall Thoughts: While hardly a must see action film, “Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses” is at least watchable. That’s more than I can say for a vast majority of films that bypass the theater.

April 21, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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