1991 Directed by Richard Franklin. Starring Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Rachel Ticotin.

REVIEWED By Marc Savlov, Fri., May 17, 1991

1985's F/X was never anyone's idea of an Oscar contender, but it was still a nifty little action flick with a watertight script and amiable performances from Aussie Brown and character actor-ubermensch Dennehy. F/X 2 (subtitled The Deadly Art of Illusion), valiantly tries to recapture the spit and polish indie feel of the original, and comes up looking more like something Franklin might have directed on a Bad Day. Which is exactly what happened, apparently.

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