I’m not going to cast shade at Corin Hardy. He’s legit. He directed The Hallow! That’s a good horror picture. But Hardy, let’s face it, is not Gareth Evans, as so few of us are; taking over Gangs of London from the Raid director (and Apostle, and soon, what’s sure to be a hunk of batshit violent insanity starring Tom Hardy) is a massive ask, even after collaborating with Evans on the show’s first season. It’s not like Hardy’s out in the ocean without a floatie, is what I’m saying.
But Evans’ absence from season 2 is definitely felt, even if the season is really damn good all the same. A must-watch for action fans, with some stunning brawls featuring the people you’d expect (Sope Dirisu) and maybe one or two you wouldn’t, like Narges Rashidi, who goes full-feral in her big scene halfway through the season.
You can read my full review over at The Playlist.