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Milo Paul’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
“It’s an art, what you do”
Before anything, I just got to say that Krawcyzk being able to write a film setting even scummier than the first one is genuinely fucking baffling if it not impressive, all things considered. Anyway!
Yes, the main character is boring and the only time she hits a beat is when Krawcyzk rehashes aspects of the previous film’s main character through her. That said, I kinda appreciate the movie not beating around the bush, recognizing this isn’t our first rodeo, and going straight to the point; the delicious bluntness that took its time to appear with Rollins welcomes itself very quickly, and it kept me on my toes.
In a stunning twist, the side characters are where i’m loving the writing. they’re all layered in their scumminess, to a cartoonish degree, and I got excited whenever they appeared.
on that note, the directing is just fucking boring. the violence and gore has its highlights but it really doesn’t hold a candle to its predecessor. the soundtrack is nowhere near as tuned in on the aesthetic that made He Never Died so dope and, in fact, it’s mindnumbingly scatterbrained and a decade behind itself. Venom pulled off having a numetal/dubstep soundtrack, this didn’t. At all.
All of this being said, I hope this is only a bump for the He Never Died universe, if that’s to become a thing. Sophomore slumps exist.
EDIT: fucking GREAT last scene. still a 6 tho