Direct-to-VOD films have a reputation for having horrendous CGI, terrible acting, and nonsensical writing. There are countless DTV action films, collecting dust in the 75% off sale rack or occupying the bottom part of many film providers’ popularity list. However, this does not mean that all DTV films are bad. You might find some gems if you look hard enough or take a chance, and The 2nd is a movie worth a try.
The 2nd tells a story about Vic Davis, a secret service agent. He is on his way to pick up Sean, his son, at Sean’s college dormitory. When he arrives, he meets Erin Walton, a friend of Sean, and the daughter of supreme court justice. Things start to get south when Davis notices something unusual about the situation he is in and has to fight for the survival of his and Sean’s lives.
It would be a lie to say that The 2nd is competently made. The editing is atrocious, the CGI has poor quality (especially the effects on the gunfight, where we can see the main character has infinite bullet), and camera work is sloppy. However, if you want to see past these shortcomings, there are some aspects that make The 2nd worth a try.
The first one is the cast. Ryan Phillippe, who plays the main character Vic Davis gave a strong performance throughout. His expression and body language sell the role of hardened, calculating badass. The supporting cast also decent enough to carry this movie, even the teenage actors.
The second one is the film’s action. The CG on the action scenes is indeed awful, but there are many action scenes, plentiful to satisfy the hunger. The 2nd is an action movie before anything else, and it at least tries its best to be exciting enough to watch.
There is not much to say about The 2nd. It is made for people who look for dumb fun and entertaining action to pass the time. The cast also tried their earnest in their roles, and their efforts pay off. However, do not expect cutting-edge visuals or high-quality filmmaking from The 2nd, or you will be disappointed.