I knew there was a reason I put off watching Bad Boys 2 for so long. Not that Bad Boys was a bad flick; on the contrary it was rather good. But its not often that I find a movie offense on almost every level; offensive and uncouth from start to finish. Is wasnt the violence, though it was overly excessive, it wasnt the storyline, because lets face it, the movie really lacked one; and it wasnt the acting, it was the offense language and over the top stereotyping of Black culture that turned my stomach. The use of foul language and racial epithets was way over the top. Not even my admiration for Gabrielle Union could save this loathsome movie for me.
Jeffery Westhoff of the Northwest Herald of Crystal Lake, IL stated in his review of the movie that, No movie has pursued its own wretchedness with such ferocity. Every dreadfully written scene runs much too long, bloating the whole debacle into a festering two hours and 20 minutes.
First of all there is not much of a storyline to write about, but here goes: Directed by Michael Bay (Bad Boys 1995, The Rock 1996, Armageddon 1998, Pearl Harbor 2001) and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (American Gigolo 1980, Flashdance 1983, Black Hawk Down -2001, King Arthur -2004), Bad Boys II reunites buddy cops Will Smith (Six Degrees of Separation 1993, Independence Day 1996, Ali 2001) and Martin Lawrence (House Party 1990, Boomerang 1992, Black Knight 2001) who reprise their roles from the 1995 original.
In this go around, as the action and obsession with things that go boom kicks off Miami cops Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) are spearheading a sting of what they believe is a major Ecstasy ring involving of all groups the KKK. The sting goes badof courseand scene quickly devolves into a tirade of racial slurs, obscenities, and a gunfight so excessive and over the top, with bullets and explosions lighting the night air, thats its a wonder everyone connected with the operation didnt die. As it is dozens of (white clad) people expire in the most gruesome fashion (love those close-ups). And in the middle of the madness Mike ends up accidentally shooting Marcus in the buttocks. This is just one of the scenes director Bay drags out long past the gag has lost its luster and laugh inducing effect.
We come to learn that a Cuban drug kingpin is behind the Ecstasy ring is one Johnny Tapia, a.k.a. Scarface, portrayed with sadistic joy (arent they all?) by Jordi Molla (Second Skin -1999, Blow 2001, The Alamo 2004). Because security in American is so tight post 9/11, he has plans to taken his ill-gotten gains back home to Cuba where he can retire in the lap of luxury guarded by Castros corrupt army. The dynamic duo vow to foil his plans especially after they discover that Syd, portrayed by the marvelously beautiful Gabrielle Union (Bring it On - 2000, The Brothers 2001, Delivers Us from Eva 2003), and is also Marcus sister, is an undercover DEA agent after the same Cuban fish. And oh yes she is also secretly dating Mike.
To be sure Bad Boys 2 is a slickly produced film, but it is empty, vacuousness devoid of real character or class. The action is extreme and well choreographed, and the special effects I have to admit are extremely well done. There are even moments of comic inspiration, reminiscent of the first Bad Boys, but this does not negate the fact that this movie is a bloated, obnoxious, overwrought, arrogant, and really, really bad.
And did I mention offensive this movie is offensive, and I might add boorish, and boarding on the absurd. It is over the top on so many levels that it is hard to know where to begin. And long, which only prolongs the agony of viewing it. Who knew that a group of people could write such a long awful script? And as I was watching Bad Boys 2, I wonder, yes I wondered why all movies of the genre with Black men in the lead characters have to act lack boorish thugs with language so vulgar even a sailor would blush.
Then there was the violence: clearly over the top. Now dont get me wrong I liked car chase scenes as much as the next guy, but not gratuitous violence for the sake of violence and watching vehicle after vehicle shattered into the fiery bits. After a while there are so many battered cars one can take with a straight face. And what of the people in those cars? In real life the lose of life would be in double or triple digits; Bad Boys 2 is the movie political pundits love to hate.
Okay enough bashing needless to say I do not recommend this movie.
Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: None of the Above
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age
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