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Animal 2
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09.27.2007 By: Quigles
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Director:
Ryan Combs

Actors:
Ving Rhames
K.C. Collins
Vicellous Reon Shannon

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
In order to protect his son, a tough-as-nails convict is blackmailed into battling it out with other prisoners.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Having never had the "pleasure" of seeing the first ANIMAL (also a straight-to-DVD release), I'm not in any place to say how awful this sequel probably compares to it. For all I know, they could be equally horrendous. But at least that one had Terrence Howard. This one has bible readings, soap opera-quality drama, and the most pathetic attempt at a murder frame-up ever put to film. And from what I've read, there's also a frustrating lack of continuity that's guaranteed to confuse the fanbase of the first film—however limited that may be.

The highlight here is Ving Rhames. He sleepwalks through scenes, mumbles his dialogue, and lazily punches people in some poorly executed fight sequences. And yes, I meant it when I said he's the film's highlight.

It would be easy to tear apart the rest of the film, which includes a number of ludicrous plot developments involving a blackmailing prison inmate and a lawyer couple working for opposite sides. But really, that stuff's trivial when looked at as part of its whole, since nothing in ANIMAL 2 works at even a most basic level. The dialogue is awkward, with every moment of overwrought drama ringing false, and the bad acting only making it worse. Helping keep the level of crappiness consistent is the amateurishly sloppy direction and editing, featuring a never-ending barrage of prison doors slamming shut and rap music blasting in the background at every transitioning point.

These problems would hardly matter if the movie could at least fulfill its promise of delivering some decent prison brawls, but it doesn't. The fight scenes don't even come into play until the story gets well into its second half, and when they finally do, they're laughably bad. So unless you're interested in 85 minutes of dreadfully boring melodrama topped off with a dismal 5-minute display of fisticuffs, then by all means, pick this one up.
THE EXTRAS
Just the one special feature...

Animal 2: Behind the Scenes (26:00): Rhames doesn't show up, but just about everybody else does.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As long as you've seen 10 minutes or more of any prison drama (whether it be through film or TV), you've already seen what ANIMAL 2 has to offer but done better. This is the type of "lousy film" that doesn't even warrant discussion about how bad it is. You just want to forget ever having wasted your time. And the minute I finish writing this sentence, I'm going to do just that.
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