American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987) Michael Dudikoff, Steve James, Larry Poindexter, Gary Conway, Jeff Celentano, Michelle Botes, Mike Stone - movie review on The Movie Scene

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Michael Dudikoff and Steve James in American Ninja 2: The Confrontation (1987)

Ninjas of the Caribbean

Rangers Sgt. Joe Armstrong (Michael Dudikoff) and Sgt. Curtis Jackson (Steve James) find themselves sent on a mission to a beautiful Caribbean island. But not everything is beautiful as several of the marines stationed there have mysteriously disappeared in recent weeks with Joe and Curtis sent there to try and get to the bottom of things. It doesn't take long for them to find some trouble when on an island beach they get attacked by super ninjas. What they don't know is that an evil genius called The Lion has forced a scientist in to creating him an army of these super ninjas.

Damn it must be hot being a ninja if you have to wear the black outfit of the ninja whist fighting in the sun on a Caribbean beach. Of course the welfare and hydration of these men in black is not what will strike you first as the ridiculous nature of ninjas on a Caribbean beach does that. But this scene which comes during the first 30 minutes of "American Ninja 2: The Confrontation" pretty much signals what you will get through out the movie which is Michael Dudikoff kicking butt with almost a sixth sense when it comes to how his opponents will movie whilst Steve James with his more muscular physique doing his fair share of butt kicking even if the situation looks hopeless and he has part of his attention on a beautiful woman.

Of course there is more to "American Ninja 2: The Confrontation" than Dudikoff and James kicking plenty of butt, be it angry locals or ninjas, as we have them trying to work out what is happening to the marines, who these ninjas are and of course who is behind it all. But it is the action which dominates the movie with some slickly choreographed martial arts scene to a comic book style bar room brawl played out to the sound of steel drums.

What this all boils down to is that "American Ninja 2: The Confrontation" is some 80s action nonsense which combines the over the top nature of one man taking on several men once with the over the top nature of comedy bar room brawls. And in truth in a cheesy sort of way "American Ninja 2: The Confrontation" is entertaining even beyond the action it is weak and ridiculous.


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