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2000s, Action -Shoot-em Ups

Bad Boys II (2003)

BadBoysII

Duration 2h 27m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay using the characters from the first film.
Director Michael Bay
Writers/Script Ron Shelton, Jerry Stahl (story Marianne Wibberley, Cormac Wibberley, Ron Shelton. Characters George Gallo)
Starring Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Jordi Mollà, Gabrielle Union, Peter Stormare, Theresa Randle, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Shannon, Henry Rollins, Dexter Fletcher, Megan Fox,

Elevator Pitch: Marcus and Mike, the detectives from BB1, are on the track of a massive drug smuggling operation when they accidentally come across Syd, Marcus’s sister and Mike’s current squeeze, who seems to be heading up a money laundering operation. She is an undercover cop and, after her current case is blown apart, she goes on the track of Tapia, the hispanic leader of the drug cartel. The boys are also on his trail, sneaking into his house and, when they think they have a lead, following a morgue van. But when Tapia discovers who Syd really is and takes her hostage, how can the boys sort it all out.

Content: No explicit nudity except for a female corpse with large breasts, some night club stripper dancing and sexual moments. Quite a bit of unpleasant violence, what sticks with me, a number of corpses falling out of the morgue van and being run over. Several extreme car chases one involving a car transporter – yes, the cars are rolled off – and another through the actual houses of a Cuban hilltop favila. Many firefights with all sorts of weapons including rocket launchers, and several major explosions.

A View: Within this terrible two and a half hours there is almost a good film, but by the time we get to the climax which went pretty well we, me and virtually all the critics, are weary of the continuous shooting, car chases, explosions, banter, shouting and sexual innuendo. I find it difficult to reconcile the word “comedy” with some of this stuff, and maybe if the director and the scriptwriters had kept the word in mind, it could have turned out better. It was very expensive but still made a bit of money. Not really a view unless you really like this sort of stuff.

Additional info: My interest was briefly piqued when the duo drove up in a very slinky auto. It was a 2003 Buick Blackhawk concept car. It, or one just like it, sold for $475,000 in 2009.

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