DVD Review: The Man With The Iron Fists gets a tedious direct-to-video sequel

Director-cinematographer Roel Reiné (12 Rounds 2: Reloaded, The Marine 2) may be the quintessential journeyman of the direct-to-video action industry. But though his no-frills approach to filmmaking has its charms, it makes him the wrong choice to direct a movie like The Man With The Iron Fists 2, which attempts to replicate the original‘s mish-mash of midnight movies and Staten Island wuxia, only for way less money and without any scenery-chewing stars.

What it needs is a touch of the outrageous, which, suffice it to say, is not Reiné’s bag. He likes explosions and half-gallon squibs, but his style is mostly practical-minded. (There are exceptions, like the scene in The Scorpion King 3 in which a pissing Viking gets kicked in the balls by a ninja in slow motion.) Applied to the kind of material that all but begs for gonzo direction, Reiné’s rough, efficient framing comes …

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