There was some discussion in the War of the Worlds reaction thread about referencing 9/11 and terrorism, and how that could be considered manipulative. Anyone who agrees on that should definately look the other way for 90% of this film. Spoiler The winners of previous Battle Royals including our protagonists from the first enstallment have become world wide terrorists. They have banded together against the adults of the world and have caused feats of destruction all to familiar to recent history. Now they have decided to take over Battle Royal island probably to prevent any further matches. That doesn't stop the adults as they alter the rules of Battle Royal in order to deal with the terror group who have taken their beloved island. The new rules are: - The new batch of students are to infiltrate the terror group as a team - the game is won by eliminating the leader of the terror group - they are each partnered. If your partner dies, your necklace explodes - they still have three days to "win" the game. As you can imagine the plot obviously changes once these terrorist discover who's tryng to kill them. I kind of feel that BR2 is almost BR2 and BR3 in that the film takes a different turn about half way through. The "heros" aren't really defined up untill then. There is loads of blood and gore that BR fans will enjoy. However, this time all about guns - no knives and stabbing weapons. So did I like it? Yeah, it was good and I really don't mind the commentary on contamporary world affairs involving terrorism and war. In fact perspective is always welcome to me. But I have to say the first one is better. Purely for the simplicity of it. It had a "lets see what happens!" element to it. This one has some of that too, but not as much. If you like the first one, you'll like this one, but it gets off the usual BR track at the half way mark. Just know that going in and you're in for a good action/violent film. I give this a 7/10 I felt it was relying on some predictable and formulaic war/action scenes in some places. The characters were better in the first one too.