After managing to successful ensure Sione’s wedding went ahead in the first film, the gang are back five years later for a new adventure. Check out our review of Sione’s 2: Unfinished Business after the jump.
After a death in the family the gang are reunited. A good friend has gone missing, and it is up to the group to find them before the funeral. Five years on and lives of the group have changed – Michael (Robbie Magasiva) has moved to Australia, and Stanley (Iaheto Ah Hi) is a trainee deacon at a questionable church. Albert (Oscar Kightley) and his wife Tania (Madeleine Sami) have steady jobs and are trying to have a baby; while Sefa (Shimpal Lelisi) is a father and has toned down his former wild ways.
The group the sets out on a mission to find their friend – one Samoan man in the world’s largest Polynesian city. The quest in Auckland is a rare look on film at the regular streets and places in New Zealand’s biggest city. Those who know Auckland will have fun pointing out the places they know, while those who are unfamiliar with the city will get a fun and realistic glance at life there.
The quest while filled with plenty of comedic moments, acts as a personal journey of sorts for each of the men. Getting back together in this way has allowed them to take a look at themselves and put things in perspective. It’s a movie about friendship, family, love, and appreciating the things you have. There is a lot of heart in this film – it’s a lovely balance between comedy and bitter-sweet moments of sadness.
Overall Sione’s 2 is an enjoyable adventure in New Zealand’s biggest city. There is great Kiwi music, plenty of laughs, and a reminder that we all need to appreciate the wonderful people we have in our lives.
Director: Simon Bennett
Writer(s): James Griffin, Oscar Kightley
Starring: Oscar Kightley, Robbie Magasiva, Shimpal Lelisi, Iaheto Ah Hi
Runtime: 92 minutes
Release date(s): Australia: March 1st 2012