One of the most inspirational stories in Hollywood comes from that of Danny Trejo who went from doing a lot of time in prison to becoming a Hollywood star. While his most popular franchise is that of Machete, with his latest film Bad Ass 2: Badd Asses he has cemented the chance to kick off another one. His portrayal of the 67 year old man loosely based on viral YouTube video beating up a punk on the bus in 2012s Bad Ass fit perfect for him, but is the addition of Danny Glover and this story enough to warrant a sequel or will he finally get his ass beat?
Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses follows Frank Vega who now runs an East L.A. community center where he trains young boxers to survive in and out of the ring. But when his prize student falls in with the wrong crowd and turns up dead, he teams up with his pal Bernie to take matters into their own fists and prove that justice never gets old. If you have seen the original film then you pretty much know what you are going to be getting this time around. Trejo doesn’t have to do much to get back into the role since he pretty much plays himself, but as with the first one gets to show more of the softer side that he doesn’t usually get to do. The story here is pretty simple and still gives off that 80s action movie vibe, but tried to add a bit more humor stepping up the cheese nature at times. The addition of Danny Glover adds a new level to the character that is perfect for them to play off of each other and creates a real grumpy old men scenario, but with more violent consequences. There is plenty of action here that is nothing all that special, but just seeing Trejo beat people’s ass is just fun to watch. With the first film he was just tearing up the town and almost unstoppable, but this time he felt more vulnerable but still laid down the ass beatings with ease.
This is one of those movies that only works because of Trejo’s involvement and the addition of Glover makes it more fun too. This isn’t breaking any new ground in the action world, but instead bringing back old school action with a star that was made for the genre. This film isn’t for everyone, but if you had a good time with the original then you will no doubt enjoy this film, just know that it is a bit cheesy and that is part of the charm.