This unique film, shot over 12 years, tells the story of a young boy and his family as he grows from boyhood, through adolescence, into early adulthood.
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There’s nothing dour about this energetic space-opera romp, where the heroes are honest about what big losers they are but still manage to shine.
The film poses big questions but doesn’t spend much time contemplating them. Director Brett Ratner is more interested in getting to the action — and there’s plenty of it.
Though not God-motivated, the film stresses the need to care for one’s “neighbor.”
Building on the original film’s story of complementary parts making a whole, and how a change of perspective can help, the sequel again focuses on themes of friendship, loyalty and acceptance.
Christian viewers may want to ask, “Are personal evil deeds permissible providing something evil is being avenged?” writes reviewer Rev. Ted Giese.