Review by: Jack Foley | Rating:
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Seven deleted scenes; 19 production
diaries; 6 scene deconstructions. Stunts featurette; Visual effects
featurette; 12 script to storyboard comparisons; Jay-Z 'La-La-La'
EIGHT years ago, super-producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, assembled
a little-known director, Michael Bay, and two rising black stars,
in Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, and created one of the most
popular adult action thrillers of recent years, in Bad Boys.
Yet while Bruckheimer has been trying to reunite the team for
the inevitable sequel ever since, it seems the wait may not have
been worth it. In the interim period, Smith has had his day (and
lost it, according to some), Lawrence is more usually associated
with stinkers, and the Bay/Bruckheimer collaboration has delivered
some of the worst examples of the action movie genre, with the
likes of Armageddon and Pearl
Little wonder, then, to find that US critics savaged Bad Boys
2 when it was released at the height of the blockbuster season,
with one referring to it as the cinematic equivalent of
What is surprising, however, given the word from America, is
just how much fun the film actually is, coming packed with the
same outrageous humour and set pieces that helped to make the
original so striking.
At nearly two and a half hours, the film is a tad excessive,
while Bays directorial style is, quite literally, no holds-barred.
His camera never stops moving, and gets just about everywhere
(up womens skirts, through the walls of buildings, and even
from the barrel of a gun, into a bad guys head), much of
which makes the violence appear pornographic.
It also comes packed with expletives, a ridiculously high body
count, a flimsy excuse for a plot, and pushes the boundaries of
bad taste; but then it is called Bad Boys, not nice guys, and
it is about two cops who seldom work by the book.
And while Bays obtrusive style may be a slap in the face
to more serious subject matter, such as the end of the world,
or the events at Pearl Harbor, this is only really about having
fun, and upping the excitement - for if Bruckheimer had set out
to make one of the most outlandish action films ever, then he
damn near succeeds.
Bad Boys 2 is a beast of a movie, a feast of carnage that never
knows when to stop. Yet for all of its failings, it delivers what
is required from its core audience - more of the same, only louder
and more spectacular.
Smith and Lawrence continue their partnership as before, constantly
bickering along the way to busting a ruthless drug lord, played
by Jordi Molla, and stemming the flow of designer ecstasy that
is flooding the Miami streets. To spice things up a little, Smith
also falls for Lawrences younger sister, Gabrielle Union,
who is working undercover for the DEA, and finds herself caught
in the crossfire between cops and drug dealers.
But the plot plays second fiddle to the jokes and the action,
some of which has to be seen to be believed.
While many of the proceedings have an air of familiarity about
them, in that they revisit scenarios from the original, and even
run out of ideas halfway through, there is no denying that Bay
has a flair for creating destruction, and boy does he excel in
A car chase, early on, has to rate among the most breathtaking
ever filmed, while several of the gunfights are bone-crunchingly
realistic, and there is very little time to draw breath in between
each set piece.
Smith and Lawrence are also on good form, picking up their chemistry
pretty much where it left off, while most of the scenarios - while
blatantly obvious - almost always succeed in raising a chortle.
And while the violence seems a little strong for a 15 certificate
(with body parts making an over-frequent appearance), it is so
cartoonish, given the ludicrous nature of proceedings, that you
should be having too much fun to notice.
Bad Boys 2 wont win any awards for subtlety or creativity,
but then it was never designed to be anything less than a Saturday
night crowd-pleaser - a goal which it achieves in grand fashion.
Fans should have a riot.