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Bad Boys II (2003)


6/10: Loud & noisy action film that doesn't know the meaning of the word subtle
Friday, January 18, 2008

Bad Boys II is set in Miami in Florida where PD partners detective Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) & detective Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) are working on a case trying to bring down Cuban drug lord Tapia (Jordi Molla), after a hit is made on a huge shipment of his money they discover that Marcus' sister Theresa (Theresa Randle) is working undercover also trying to bring down Tapia. Que lots of explosions & dead bodies...Directed by Michael Bay who also has a small cameo in the film as the driver of the rubbish car Marcus tires to commandeer before the Mercedes this is the sequel to the successful action thriller comedy Bad Boys (1995) only like all good sequels it's bigger, louder & even more action packed. I must admit I'm in two minds about Bad Boys II, I really am. The predictable script by Ron Shelton & Jerry Stahl goes for the whole mismatched partners who argue & disagree but ultimately stand...

4/10: Bad Boys II
Monday, December 3, 2007

The first movie was the directorial debut for Michael Bay (The Rock, Armageddon, Transformers), and made big stars of the leading actors, it took eight years for this sequel, I had seen it once before, and I noticed it wasn't rated well by critics, so I watched again to confirm my opinion. Basically, Miami Police Department (MPD) narcotics division detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are investigating a flow of ecstasy into the city, leading them to a KKK meeting and drug drop. The subsequent raid is botched and leads to a firefight, klansmen are reprimanded, and Marcus is accidentally shot in the buttocks by Mike. Marcus questions if he wants to remain partners with Mike. Meanwhile, Mike is concealing a relationship with Marcus' sister, Syd (Gabrielle Union). Mike and Marcus are unaware that Syd is working undercover the Drug Enforcement Administration, laundering money for a Russian gangster group, who distribute ecstasy on behalf of...

5/10: Woooooossssaaahhhhh
Thursday, December 18, 2014

The titular pair head up a task force investigating the flow of ecstasy into Miami. Their search leads to a dangerous kingpin, whose plan to control the city's drug traffic has touched off an underground war. Meanwhile, things get a little heated between Mike and Syd, Marcus's sister, which causes a little hostility between the two, and lots of explosions......When this film first came out eleven years ago I thought it was wonderful, loud, and very exciting. But back then, I was 26, and in the demographic for Bay's type of movie.Seeing it again now, it still has some great elements to it, the car chase with the boat explosion is still a thrilling piece of cinema, and the scenes with Marcus under the influence of Ecstasy, and the scene with Mikes daughter's date are still laugh out loud, but there are so many flaws to the movie.Firstly, its way, way too long...

2/10: Only good in pieces. Some random comments on a bad movie
Monday, December 29, 2008

This is a well made piece of trash.For all the technical virtuosity this movie stinks There I said it.What is with the writing its awful. Martin Lawrence is given nothing to do.The action scenes are mostly dull, though the car chase about a half hour in is spectacular after a dull gun fight.This is a movie of posturing and posing.The movie works in moments the one chase an odd line here or there but nothing hangs together...Face it we don't really have a villain until an hour in. Until about an hour in the bad guy is just a guy.... awful.Worse is the pacing.Its horrible. This movie runs two and a half hours. I made it in only an hour and a half before I got up and gave up and hit the scan button on the remote. Scenes go on and on and on and on as if they used...

5/10: Belated sequel, flashy enough, but inferior to the original
Saturday, April 12, 2008

Bad Boys II" is pure popcorn fare, flashy but empty. The comedy is wildly uneven, ranging from the good (Lawrence swallowing two "ecstasy" capsules by accident) to the excruciating (Lawrence, along with Smith, bullying the young boy who's come to take his daughter out on a date), but there are some exhilarating action sequences, the best one of which is probably the almost supersonic car / truck chase on the Miami bridge. Michael Bay knows how to give his films visual punch, and has some cool ideas (like the endlessly circling camera in the shootout with the Haitians); on the other hand, the inside view of a corpse's brain is an image that does not belong in an action movie, even an R-rated one. Lawrence and Smith still have chemistry, but on the whole "Bad Boys II" lacks the freshness of the first film. More Gabrielle Union (who should be in the running for the "Most Beautiful Actress...

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