For anybody who read BR (the book, worth reading) the movie was pretty good; some characters were changed a bit and some parts of the story were adapted to suit the screen, but in general, it was not a bad movie. Wouldn't get an academy award, but watchable.
An then they decided to make BRII, a follow-up...oh boy, what a mistake. I am not going to outline in detail the contents of the movie, see other reviews and description above. The movie plot is so full of holes that it is hard to know where to begin. The whole thing is illogical from the start (setup: a small island defended by a few kids fighting against the mighty Japanese military...em, how about you just bomb them to Mars?). We are then treated to an assault "attack" by our unlucky 40 heroes (1+1 didn't make it out of "training"), which is supposed to mirror Saving Private Ryan I guess, but it just looks brutally stupid. On the island, they are all picked off, until you have a few kids left and they suddenly all happily band together against the evil military. Em?
So now, the military attacks, and that was the most funny thing I ever saw: Some kid gets shot about 100 times but simply continues fighting; he himself shoots at soldiers and of course they all die after having been hit once. WTH? The military is too strong, of course, so the remaining two escape...wait for it...through a secret (well lit, spacious) tunnel to the mainland! Yeah! Just then to end up in Afghanistan somehow at the end suddenly?!?! Who comes up with this crap?
I am sure there is much more I could rant about, but that would force me to watch the movie again which I refuse. If this is a collectors item, then for the box which has a few extras, but not for the movie. Avoid BRII the movie, instead, buy BR the book if you haven't done so.