Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2: Plot thickens in space sequel
In the first film, Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) escaped space pirate Yondu (Michael Rooker) to galvanise a motley crew of mercenaries comprising green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), vengeance-seeking warrior Drax (Dave Bautista), genetically engineered raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and cute tree-like sidekick Groot (Vin Diesel).
For the sequel's tongue-in-cheek opening salvo, expertly choreographed to ELO's foot-stomping anthem Mr Blue Sky, the Guardians face a razor-toothed beast that intends to steal the Anulax Batteries belonging to high priestess Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) and her Sovereign people.
As a reward for bravery, the snarky heroes take delivery of a prisoner: Gamora's estranged sister, Nebula (Karen Gillan), who suffered grievously at the hands of their tyrannical father, Thanos. Soon after, The Guardians encounter an omnipotent being, Ego (Kurt Russell), who claims to be Peter's missing father.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 confidently spices a familiar brew with sinewy sub-plots and the introduction of Gamora's much-abused sibling, plus Ego's underling, Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Pratt and Saldana turn up their heat on the "unspoken thing" between their comrades.