This is a disappointing sequel. The central quality it lacks is authenticity and believability. The original film is far superior, with its intimidating rainforest setting and tense portrayal of the stress that snipers operate under. Many of the qualities of the original film, such as the demonstration of the snipers stealth and use of camouflage, seem to have been thrown aside in favour of a more conventional action film. The story sees a grumpy and disillusioned Becket coaxed out of retirement and partnered with a death-row inmate on a dangerous rescue and assassination mission in the Balkans.
In fact the 'Balkans' turn out to be Hungary and the subsequent story with its references to ethnic cleansing and Serbs and Muslims is hard to believe when the locals are spouting Magyar. Okay, so unless you know some Hungarian you are not going to notice. However, the plot was so confused and empty that this turned out to be the least of my criticisms. The actual point and logic of their mission completely eluded me, and once they were in 'The Balkans' the action was too disjointed and rushed for any memorable atmosphere or character development to be created. On the positive side Tom Berenger is good as the cynical and hard-bitten former US Marine, but unfortunately this film does not do him credit. As a standard action film it is not bad, however after watching the original film I expected much more from the sequel