Bad Boys II

on July 18, 2003 by Tim Cogshell
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Given the long-standing history of the buddy cop flick--a genre that has experienced every permutation from "48 HRS." (technically buddy cop/criminal) to the "Lethal Weapon" series to the original "Bad Boys" to the "Rush Hour" films to "Hollywood Homicide"--one can hardly imagine what new element might be added to the genre.

The answer is nothing. Nothing new can be added to the genre. The genre is dead. And "Bad Boys II" proves it. There is not a single new or interesting concept or moment in this entire movie. For that matter, it plays less like a sequel to a nine-year-old mediocre action flick than an episode of '80s TV series "Miami Vice." Will Smith is Crockett sans pastels and loafers, while Martin Lawrence is doing Danny Glover's character from "Lethal Weapon." As for the storyline, it involves fast boats, fast cars, lots of guns, a wacky Cuban drug dealer with $50 million to move, and a beautiful girl ("Deliver Me From Eva's" Gabrielle Union).

Director Michael Bay ("Armageddon," "Pearl Harbor") is effective at doing what he does best: helming action sequences. He creates a well-staged chase sequence that uses real cars and actual explosions, both almost novel in the era of computer-generated cinema. He's also bad at all the things he's usually bad at: directing actors, discerning bad dialogue, creating realistic characters and developing an original narrative. Starring Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union and Joe Pantoliano, Directed by Michael Bay. Written by Ron Shelton, Jerry Stahl, Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. A Columbia release. Action/Comedy. Rated R for strong violence and action, pervasive language, sexuality and drug content. Running time: 150 min.

Tags: Starring Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Gabrielle Union and Joe Pantoliano, Directed by Michael Bay, Written by Ron Shelton, Jerry Stahl, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley, Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Columbia, Action, Comedy
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