Young Guns II (1990)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film  |   Release Date - Aug 1, 1990 (USA)  |   Run Time - 104 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Michael Costello

The sequel to the successful Brat Pack Western Young Guns (1988), Geoff Murphy's film is equally devoid of talent. The film follows Billy the Kid's (Emilio Estevez) attempts to elude a posse led by Sheriff Pat Garrett (William Petersen) in the company of his bad guy peers: Kiefer Sutherland, Christian Slater, and Lou Diamond Phillips. Mostly a showcase for adolescent posturing, the film labors to make its bad guys heroic in the Peckinpah mold, but neither the formulaic script nor the mediocre acting come anywhere near that level. Petersen, as the laconic sheriff, is the only actor who seems to be doing more than phoning his part in.