As a fan of Eastern
Cinema, in particular the titles that Madman release through their
Eastern Eye imprint, I was exceptionally keen to get to review the
second installment of the Battle Royale series.
The first title was pretty intense for its time to be honest. A movie
where kids kill each other in brutal, to the death combat made for some
pretty bloody, and enthralling viewing. It truly was in it's own way,
ahead of its time, bearing in mind of course that the first movie was
made in 2000, and this one saw a 2003 release.
Of course it makes sense
getting this bad boy back out there on the shelves so close to and
during the release of the blockbuster cinema hit The Hunger Games.
Viewers who don't understand the lineage of the movies may incorrectly
think that BR has copied the format of Hunger Games, but having been
around so much longer, I would challenge people to accept them as their
own entities as opposed to copies of each other.
In this the second movie, Requiem, we see another group of unlikeable
kids sent off to fight for the amusement of adults, but this time the
stakes are lifted somewhat as they are sent to kill terrorists who are
taking refuge on an island. Terrorists who are none other than the kids
who survived the first Battle Royale.
The story is utterly
contrived as usual and lacks any true depth, which at times I did find
annoying. The hokey over acting is back, but due to this being a sequel,
I found myself less forgiving of it than I did the original. There is a
plot twist during the movie that I am sure is meant to turn everything
on it's head, and maybe in 2003 it did, but now it's more just a case of
rolling with the punches as we see kids with explosive collars get blown
The game itself has some new rules, and you dont have had to watch the
first one to see this, but basically the kids are paired up now with
collars that detonate if one of the kids is killed or goes too far from
their partner. In other words, one dead equals two dead and formed one
of the major flaws as far as I was concerned considering how badly the
adults wanted these terrorists dead. Why would they kill another
opportunity to carry out their agenda? I don't know. It just was a bit
Blood and guts are the order of the day with this movie and the R rating
is possibly a bit extreme considering the amount of gore, the subject
matter and the fact that you get to see kids shooting at kids. It's a
light hearted bit of fun despite all this and in my opinion pretty easy
viewing. I would have gone for an MA personally.
The feature is well fleshed out with extra features that fill out the
story a bit more and do provide for fans of the movies to get that bit
more out of them.
Worth watching, especially if you have seen the first. The best advice I
can give is for you to not take it seriously and just have a bit of fun