Best of the Best II (1993)

When Christopher Penn is beaten to death by hulking gladiator Ralph Moeller in a Las Vegas fighting club called the Colosseum, his best friends Eric Roberts and Philip Rhee vow to get even. Switching from the sport movie storyline of Best of the Best - which was about the US national karate team - this is a formulaic grunt and strain and grapple picture, with brutally nasty villains (including an oily Wayne Newton), a tiresome and sidelined heroine (Meg Foster) and decent in the ring action. Martial arts movies (see also Shootfighter) are becoming interchangable in plot, so new story ideas would be welcome.
KIM NEWMAN

First Published In: Empire (issue unknown)


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