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Bad Boys II

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Bad Boys IIAfter the success of multiple Lethal Weapon films, Hollywood tried to recreate the buddy cop genre with the pairing of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. The first Bad Boys film worked on a few different levels, you had Lawrence’s family man cop storyline set against the playboy Miami Vice style of Smith’s character. Add in a damsel in distress and you have a good action movie with a little bit of comedy thrown in.

This time around, Michael Bay has put together a montage of action scenes with very little storyline or time for good joking around. BB II exels in action but very little else. Bay manages to slice together scenes from The Rock and other action films and give you a film that is as fast as his previous film, Armageddon. This is not a good thing, because, too much action, not enough character, makes for a long action scene movie which loses its appeal quickly.

Other than lack of real exposition and storyline, BB II delivers a bad guy, this time a Cuban drug dealer and a large shipment of money and drugs. Our two heroes are soon wrapped up in a crossfire of bad guys, good guys, and end up tearing apart the city as they try to pin down the bad guy. Eventually the chase leads them to off the mainland, and this is when a cop movie turns into your typical “commando” style film.

Visually, the film has lots of fast paced scenes which will look much better on DVD than in the theatre, since the DVD will be able to display more scenes and give you a much better fluid movement. Sound wise, the same Jayzee or Nelly song was used in the background, and though it did fit well with the visual, more varied soundtrack might have been more appropriate in some scenes. There are so many gun shots in this film that I’m sure sound wise, DTS-ES and Dolby Digital EX on DVD should excite home viewers of the film.

If you are looking for action than go see , if you are looking for a good mix of drama and action, go watch Bad Boys I; this sequel does not live up to its original.

3 out 5 stars

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