Le nihilistic sentimental self-aware pastiche antihero action neo-noir revenge movie is kind of a tired genre but this wasn't too offensive an addition to it. That is my thought, because this movie defies more than one, and that's what I kind of dislike about lite-pomo action movies. It's like critiquing an (admittedly funny and entertaining) shaggy dog story.
Definitely agree with Blu in that the criminal underworld in these movies is really good, and a more interesting plot mechanic (and main character) than its protagonist, whose contractions kinda got old after the first hour in the first movie. It looked nice, but like the mirror hall shout-out at the end, it's also not new, or terribly interesting, because it wants to be an upper mid-brow Hong Kong action crime thriller and Crank/Taken at the same time, to make itself equally palatable to audiences of both.
Laurence Fishburne was my favorite part.