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The Art Of War II: Betrayal (Sony DVD)


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Film: D



The nadir of Wesley Snipes action works is easily Josef Rusnak’s The Art Of War II: Betrayal (2008), a highly unnecessary sequel to one of Snipes’ lesser works to begin with that was not that popular enough to begin with to justify a sequel.  Boredly talking more than fighting or acting, Snipes returns as Agent Neil Shaw, avenging a mentor and battling an ultraviolent, corrupt group up to more and more murder.


Unfortunately, this feels like the kind of processed product that would have killed his career had he settled for it early on and he constantly looks like he’d rather be somewhere else.  You’ll feel the same way.  This never goes anywhere, the Keith Shaw/Jason Bourque script drags on and on and this is a total waste of time.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is shockingly soft and lame, with limited detail, color, depth and constantly unmemorable shots by Neil Cervin, while the Dolby Digital 5.1 tries to make up for the lack of story with over-sweetened sound effects and tricky surrounds that are always phony.  Trailers, alternate fight scenes and a digital copy of this mess for PC and portable devices are the only extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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