Review: KICKBOXER: RETALIATION Doubles Down On The Action (TRIPLES Down On The Weird)
Two years ago, action fans were given a polarizing reboot of a 1989 Van Damme vehicle in the form of Kickboxer Vengeance. Regardless of expectations, this reboot turned out to be the same kind of entertaining yet disposable action-fest that the original was. Sadly it was released in the far more saturated media landscape of 2016, which amplified the DISPOSABLE part of the equation. Vengeance was a far cry from the Undisputed movies (which it was inevitably compared to), but when approached on its own terms it was actually quite entertaining. Now, the second part of a planned trilogy is upon us and it begs to question: Can this franchise carve out its own part of the market, or will it perpetually be in Undisputed's shadow?