While I’ve seen a ton of great Chinese action flicks, it has been awhile since I’ve seen one that really stands out. I remember hearing about Wu Jing and his film Wolf Warrior 2 earlier this year and how it made nearly 900 million dollars in China, making it the country’s highest-grossing film ever. So of course I had to check it out after learning this, as I wanted to see if it was worth all the hype. Turns out for the most part it is, as it’s a wild thrill ride that’s low on plot but high on action that’s perfect for those wanting to leave their brain at the door and have some popcorn-munching fun while watching.
Taking place not long after the events of the first film, Leng Feng (Wu Jing) is a solider that’s been dismissed and imprisoned for defending a fellow brother-in-arms honor. After spending a few years in prison, he happens to find work in Africa where he’s found a sense of peace and happiness thanks to becoming friends with some of the people there. As with every action film, it isn’t long before the peace is disrupted by some terrorists led by Big Daddy (Frank Grillo) who is helping an African dictator rise to power. The Chinese people there flee to the nearby embassy and prepare to leave on a ship, but then realize their top doctor is left behind and needs to be extracted. Leng volunteers and sets off to find the doctor and the mother of a young African boy he’s like a big brother to. After an action-packed chain of events, Leng instead finds Rachel Prescott Smith (Celina Jade), a doctor who worked closely with the one Leng was sent to find and learns they were there working on a cure for a virus that’s plaguing the land. With this virus, the terrorists, and racial tension heating up as some of the Chinese want to leave Africa and the native people there behind to die, these elements come together to make an explosive powder keg of an action film you’ll want to see through to the end.
I knew I was in for a good time when the movie starts off with Wu Jing kicking some pirate butt underwater and saving people’s lives. Like many action films however, there’s not much in the way of plot, let alone one that makes any sense. There’s quite a few moments when something bad happens only for it to be resolved magically later, and the plot comes off like they made the action scenes first then worried about fitting them into the story later. But let’s be real, anyone who watches this didn’t come for the story, they came to watch Wu Jing kick butt and blow stuff up, and that’s exactly what he does here and then some. High definition visuals and sound thanks to a Blu-ray release help make the action even more intense as I was able to see and hear every detail perfectly. There’s also a few special features such as a few behind the scenes featurettes where Wu Jing and some of the cast and crew take viewers into how some of the stunts and action scenes were handled and filmed.
Wolf Warrior 2 is one of those action-packed films that shouldn’t be taken seriously and watched with plenty of popcorn. As long as you’re not coming for the story and are here for the run and gun action scenes, fights, and explosions, you’ll find an enjoyable adventure here that’ll leave you howling for the next one. Yes, a third one is coming as you’ll see if you watch the credits, and I can’t wait.