Movie review

Bad Boys II
Martin Lawrence, Will Smith,
Jordi Mollà, Gabrielle Union

Director : Jerry Bruckheimer

Bad Boys IIWith much the same formula as the pervious movie, a big bad drug dealer sets up in Miami where he makes lots of money and ends up tripping over the 'Bad Boys' of the Miami Police Dept. Bad Boys II is basically a second volley of bombs creating overly huge explosions, guns being fired way too regularly, cars being driven in high-speed pursuits and a sprinkling of sexual tension to complete Jerry Bruckheimer's 'Hollywood action movies for dummies' shopping list.

I don't usually like movies of this genre and I really don't like this one. I generally feel that they fail due to the lack any form of constructive plot and rely too heavily on action sequences to engage or excite the audience. Bad Boys II fails by simply trying too hard to impress, going over the top sometimes . . . well actually it goes over the top most of the time really, in everything it does. However, I am going to go on record and say that trying to find a way out of the carnage of yet another typical Hollywood action movie is a potentially clever little story but it's simply drowned out in all the explosions a squealing tyres.
    One aspect that the sequel does not have in common with the original Bad Boys is the humor. This time it’s crude, it's rude and
half the time you are laughing but you really ask yourself what you are laughing at. Was it dumb joke #9654 or the movie itself? Some of the stuff is borderline offensive, particularly the mortuary sequence.
    Having said all this, Martin Lawrence and Will Smith's performances were actually pretty solid, so no grounds for a literal assault there, even though the film was a waste of $10 and two and a half hours of my life. Despite the film's shortcomings, I would imagine it's a relief for both Lawrence and Smith to be playing 'Bad Boys' again as opposed to just playing bad roles. Keep away as best you can unless you're really bored.

:: Mark Boothman

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