Bad Boys 2

It’s interesting to see the careers of the stars of the 1995 hit film Bad Boys. Will Smith has gone from strength to strength even becoming an Oscar Nominated actor while Martin Lawrence did films such as Black Knight and National Security. Luckily they have decided that the crime rate in Miami is too high and that they must strike back in Bad Boys 2.

The plot shouldn’t take too long to explain as its ‘wafer thin’; Miami hotshot detectives Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) are now part of TNT (Tactical Narcotics Team) and are still kicking arse and taking names. The film opens with a cool bust on some drug smuggling, sister-loving KKK gang members who lead Marcus and Mike towards bigger fish.

That bigger fish is Tapia (Jordi Molla), a drug lord who is intent on taking over all of Miami by any means necessary. Things become more complicated when Marcus’s sister Sydney (Gabriele Union) comes to visit. It turns out that not only has she indulged in Marcus’s worst nightmare – dated ‘love them, leave them’ Mike – but she is also an undercover agent for the DEA.

Soon the bad boys are up to their necks in dead bodies, thieves, murderers, Russian mobsters and Columbian Drug Lords – even with the chaos all around them, Mike and Marcus still make time for the important things in life – bitching and bickering with each other, blowing stuff up and shooting bad guys.

When dealing with this genre of movie, the plot is obviously not going to be at the fore front of anyone’s mind, but who cares? Bad Boys 2 has got all the right ingredients that made the first film such a big hit – explosions, gunfights and violence all done with panache and style, but most importantly, chemistry between the two leads which is vital for this genre (see Running Scared, Lethal Weapon and so on).

Director Michael Bay, who incidentally pops up and is credited as ‘man in crappy car’, seems to have cornered the market of stylish action movies and explosive car chases whenever he’s partnered with his favourite producer Jerry Bruckheimer. This seems to be the summer of car chases, after the freeway chase in The Matrix Reloaded and the crane chase in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Bad Boys 2 also gives us a spectacular chase sequence.

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are ideally suited to play wise-cracking comedic roles and again do so to great effect. They bicker and bitch constantly, even when bullets are whizzing past their heads, and prove that any buddy-buddy film is dependant on the interaction of the two leads. Gabriele Union is her usual gorgeous self, but for a DEA agent, she does spend a lot of time in a bikini (but no one’s complaining about that!). Some of the original cast return such as the bickering Hispanic cops, who again join Mike and Marcus at various stages to either insult them or help them and Joe Pantoliano returns as Captain Howard, whose now so stressed, that he’s absorbed himself into Feng Shui and has taken to rubbing his pressure release points whilst chanting “Whoosah”. Jordi Molla is very funny as the main villain of the piece as a Columbian Drug Lord, who cannot get his money out of the country and is constantly worried about rats eating through the huge stash of cash in his mansion.

On the whole, Bad Boys 2 is funny, fast and very stylish and although not as fresh as the original it does hold itself up well. There are some very funny moments such as Marcus and Mike baiting some pore kid who turns up for a date with Marcus’s daughter and Marcus’s accidental ingestion of some E.

The plot, as mentioned before, is nothing to write home about and has some moments of standard Michael Bay flag waving nationalism, namely when for some unknown reason, agents from several different agencies willing decide to risk their careers and lives to head off into Cuba for a couple of guys that they met five minutes ago. Its typical American flag waving at its daftest, but don’t let that put you off from seeing one of the most entertaining sequels of this year.

Score 8/10