Arnold Schwarzenegger faced off against these skilled hunters in the original film and now Oscar-winner Adrien Brody picks up the big gun. Too bad Brody didn't get the better role. This sequel goes back to the essence of the original, but loses all the suspense.
Brody plays Royce, a special ops soldier who is dropped from the sky into a jungle. He doesn't know why he is there. All he remembers is a flash of light. Others start joining him. They're all killers from various locations on Earth and it becomes clear quickly that they are not the hunters in this scenario.
Director Nimrod Antal's film is populated with stereotypes from central casting. Isabelle (Alice Braga, I AM LEGEND) is the woman… and also the most kind of the group. Noland (Lawrence Fishburne, APOCALYPSE NOW) is the kooky survivor who has lasted against the aliens the longest. Hanzo (Louis Ozawa Changchien, FAIR GAME) is a laconic yakuza. How much you want to beat he finds a samurai sword? Stans (Walton Goggins, TV's THE SHIELD) is a cruel Southern serial killer. Nikolai (Oleg Taktarov, NATIONAL TREASURE) is a Chechen rebel whose massive gun is disproportionate to the size of his brain. Cuchillo (Danny Trejo, MACHETE) is a Mexican drug cartel. Mombasa (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, TV's THE 4400) is an African warlord. Edwin (Topher Grace, TV's THAT '70S SHOW) is a surgeon who seems misplaced with these savages. Seems.