American Ninja 2: The Confrontation

1987

Action / Drama

30
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 42%
IMDb Rating 4.8 10 6985

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Cast

Michael Dudikoff as Sgt. Joe Armstrong
Steve James as Sgt. Curtis Jackson
Larry Poindexter as Sgt. Charlie McDonald
720p.BLU
702.13 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
P/S 4 / 14

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Scott LeBrun 6 / 10

Let there be ninjas.

Amiable sequel to the popular Cannon Group martial arts potboiler reunites Michael Dudikoff and Steve James as Army Rangers Armstrong and Jackson. They're recruited for a mission on a Caribbean island: find out who has been abducting various Marines. The trail leads to a nefarious drug kingpin (Gary Conway), his chief henchman (Mike Stone), and his army of genetically engineered ninjas.

The genetic tampering is an amusing hook, along with a tone that heavily stresses the tongue in cheek. If one were to take this seriously, it would indeed come off as a pretty bad action flick. But there's so much silliness - especially in terms of script and performance - on display that it's hard to believe that Cannon Group ninja movie specialist Sam Firstenberg, and screenwriters Conway and James Booth, didn't intend the movie to be at least partly comedic. That makes it pretty agreeable, if also largely forgettable.

Certainly one of the most entertaining elements is the chemistry between studs Dudikoff and James. The former is of course decidedly low key, the latter much more extroverted, and they do get along quite nicely. The supporting cast features a fair amount of nondescript players, but Conway (known for 'Burke's Law', 'Land of the Giants', and for being the original Teenage Frankenstein) seems to be having some fun. Michelle Botes adds some enjoyable female eye candy, in the only substantial female role, and MA expert Stone is a reasonably striking villain, complete with facial scar.

Good fun overall, even if it won't be quite violent enough to suit some tastes.

Six out of 10.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 5 / 10

Rangers protecting Marines

As great drama or even great action films the American Ninja series will never be up there with Rambo or Dirty Harry. Yet it's All American hero Michael Dudikoff was a popular favorite in the 80s and 90s and found a winning formula for quite a stretch. Just don't take this seriously folks.

The second of the American Ninja series has Dudikoff and Steve James sent as army rangers on a case to discover why some Marines are disappearing on a Caribbean tropic island country where these Marines are most informal. They don't even go around in uniform except on special occasions.

Who's behind all this villainy is the island's leading citizen Gary Conway best known in his salad days as Gene Barry's young lieutenant sidekick in Burke's Law. Conway who wrote the story and cast himself as villain is creating a new version of mutant Ninjas. Like Moose Malloy Conway is trying to burn the fear out of them. This in order to help with his drug smuggling enterprises, the source of his wealth. He looks like he's having a ball.

And raking in the money I'll bet.

Lots of martial arts for fans of same.

Reviewed by Predrag 6 / 10

Stay down!!!!

The second installment of the "American Ninja" series isn't very good, but is made watchable thanks tho Steve James. Besides from his awesome hair, he spouts out one-liners and is the person in the film who can do that thing where lots of people jumps on him and he can throw them all off at once and get them to sound like someone has just got a strike bowling. The premise is pure comic book and this may be a Cannon movie, but the production values seem pretty good and I think non-martial artist Dudikoff's fighting is a bit better than it was in the jokey original.

This isn't actually a bad effort for a film of this genre. I know the acting is shocking, the script is full of gaping holes and the plot is bordering on farcial. A mad bloke has built a lab on a tropical island (why not) to grow his own super ninjas from American soldiers, so the American Government send more American soldiers to try to stop him. The movie itself is 80's corny. As a stand alone film, it is passe.

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