A strong start, a kinda meh finish with a lot of oversexualized aestetics.
This film actually managed to stay incredibly true to the original. The score, the camera work, the acting, the plot. Everything comes together and makes a worthy sequel to the original slasher film.
It does have a few issues here and there but most of them are issues with the slasher genre in general.
I have seen this so many times and it never gets boring. Crowe is an absolute wonder but the true star of the film is Joaquin Phoenix. He is playing the most powerful man in the world who feels powerless like a little child. The character is psycologically very complex and Phoenix portraits that expertly. His villainous ceasar is what drives the movie. He is the one we hate enough to keep watching and who makes this more than a simple revenge movie. 4 1/2 stars might be underrating this masterpiece.