Bearing no relation to the original EXCESSIVE FORCE, this workman-like actioner only sporadically rises above the merely competent.
Harly Cordell (Stacie Randall), a member of the Army's criminal investigation team, is summoned to Los Angeles when evidence in a multiple homicide suggests it was the work of Special Forces members. The hit was carried out by an assassination team led by Francis Lydell (Dan Gauthier), who in turn
gets his orders from Mr. Orlando Franco (Dan Lauria). Harly, a Special Forces veteran herself, tracks down Bobby Tucci (Michael Wiseman), whom she believes can help lead her to the killers, but he is killed just after she finds him. Harly confides in her doctor boyfriend, David Prender (John
Mese), that she was once Lydell's lover, but he shot her and left her for dead when she wouldn't join his hit team. The injury remains life-threatening, but Harly, now bent on revenge, refuses David's entreaties to undergo an operation that can save her.
Harly tracks down Lydell, but she is shot during their confrontation and winds up arrested by police detective Wayne O'Connor (Jay Patterson). He proves to be in league with Lydell, who is planning an assault on the police station to take out D'Amato (Joe Maruzzo), an old associate of Franco's who
is testifying against him. The attack destroys the station, but Harly is able to chase Lydell down. Though her injury threatens to incapacitate her, she recovers and shoots him dead, and is then reunited with David.
The original EXCESSIVE FORCE was a ridiculous vehicle for low-level action star Thomas Ian Griffith; that film's only virtue was its colorful supporting cast. This film (originally written as a stand-alone project) is easier to take seriously, but lacks much in the way of colorful details to
distract from its generic plot. The cast, writer Mark Sevi and director Jonathan Winfrey (a veteran of the Roger Corman stable) do what is expected of them, but their work lacks the spark that would set this movie apart from the countless other action mini-epics crowding the video shelves.
Randall shows promise as an action heroine, but her hand-to-hand combat scenes are filmed like too many other modern movie fights: lots of slow-motion and fast cutting interrupting the grace of her martial arts movies. Elsewhere, Winfrey stages his gunfights with facility but not enough unique
style; in fact, his most attention-grabbing effect is one of his simplest, when a bus explodes just after several people have gotten on board, with no cutaways. Beyond such intermittent jolts, though, EXCESSIVE FORCE II doesn't offer anything that action fans haven't seen before.(Graphic violence,nudity, sexual situations, extreme profanity.)
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- Released: 1995
- Rating: R
- Review: Bearing no relation to the original EXCESSIVE FORCE, this workman-like actioner only sporadically rises above the merely competent. Harly Cordell (Stacie Randall), a member of the Army's criminal investigation team, is summoned to Los Angeles when evidenc… (more)