Easily the most disappointing sequel I’ve seen in a long time. Which isn’t to say the first movie was great, but at least it seemed to know what it was and delivered a focused and snappy “boys pushed into manhood” story that echoed without aping something like Lord of the Flies.
This sequel loses the snappy focus, jumping along instead from one story point to the next, feeling like a chain of moments, none of which are particularly interesting and all of which feel ticked off from a to-do list compiled during a methodical and fairly uninspired reading of the book.
And the boys who are ostensibly the central characters? They are tag-alongs: present at the action but saying and deciding nothing.
It turns out that I actually liked the first one enough to be discouraged by the way this one turns out…