I know that the folks here at ScreenAnarchy (or is it Screen Anarchy? Space or no space?) have long been big fans of martial artist Scott Adkins. I wonder if any of them knew that there was a sequel for John Woo's calling card for Hollywood, Hard Target? And that it stars Scott Adkins.
A trailer for Hard Target 2 dropped out of nowhere the other day, like, no one knew it was coming. I just sat there staring at my screen and said, "Really?". This sequel was directed by Dutch director Roel Reine who has done a tonne of straight to video sequels of franchizes that started with a theatrical release then everything after the first film was DTV. The Marine 2. Death Race 2 and Death Race Inferno. There was a third The Scorpion King movie??? Yep, he directed it.
Disgraced and retired mixed martial artist Wes "The Jailor" Baylor (Scott Adkins) couldn't refuse the million dollar purse offered to fight in Myanmar. When he arrives to fight, he learns he's been tricked into becoming the target of a human hunt. Carrying only water and a ruby-filled money belt for the last person standing, Wes must outsmart the heavily armed group who's paid to kill him. As Wes fights for his life in the treacherous jungle terrain, the hunters become the hunted. Hard Target 2 is a must see film for action and martial arts fans featuring Adkins in incredible fight scenes.
I am like some of these SA guys and gals (at least I think so) that I was also old enough to remember seeing the original Hard Target in the cinemas. I did not get it at the time. But it grew on me. It starred JCVD (and Yancy Butler's liquid blue eyes) so of course we went, but we had no idea who this John Woo guy was and why it was such a big deal that his name was mentioned in all the adverts.
It would not be until Broken Arrow that I started looking into Woo a bit more seriously and went into his Hong Kong films. Then I would realize that he pretty much brought his bag of tricks from HK with him when he made Hard Target. It plays out like a Greatest Hits record really.
Hard Target 2 comes out on DVD and Blu-ray on September 6th.