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Bad Boys II; More Like Bad Movie, Very Bad Movie

  • Jul 19, 2004
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Rating:
-3
Pros: Good special effects...

Cons: Bad movie, very bad movie...

The Bottom Line: Okay enough bashing…needless to say I do not recommend this movie.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

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 it’s not often that I find a movie offense on almost every level; offensive and uncouth from start to finish. Is wasn’t the violence, though it was overly excessive, it wasn’t the storyline, because lets face it, the movie really lacked one; and it wasn’t 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.”

Storyline

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 bad—of course—and 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, that’s it’s a wonder everyone connected with the operation didn’t 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 (aren’t 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 Castro’s 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.

My Impressions

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 don’t 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.

Recommended:
No

Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: None of the Above
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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Cast: Peter Stormare, Will Smith, Anthony Giaimo, Gino Salvano, Gabrielle Union, Gloria Irizarry, Dennis Green, Sharon Wilkins, Mike Shannon, Michael Shannon, Michael J. Shannon, Joe Pantoliano, Martin Lawrence, Jordi Mollà, Antoni Corone, Veryl E. Jones, Treva Etienne, Rey Gallegos, Lawrence Martin, Theresa Randle, Jon Seda, Yul Vázquez, Jason Manuel Olazábal, Otto Sanchez, Henry Rollins, R.E. Rogers, Ralph Navarro, Yul Vásquez, Keith Hudson, Anthony Correa, Oleg Taktarov, Peter D. Badalamenti, Michael McDonough, Sean Lampkin, Bruno Ramos, Raymond Gallegos, Todd Terry, Edward Finlay, Timothy James Adams, Dieudonne S. Abel, Gregory Bastien, Jon Beshara, Bianca Bethune, Bryan Bottinelli, Jay A. Boutwell, Shannon Briggs, Jamaica Carter, Cash Casia, Alhia Chacoff, Scott Charles, Dave Corey, Terrence J. Corwley, Scott Cumberbatch, Carlos De Leon, Carlos Rey Del Castillo, Jennifer Diaz, Kiko Ellsworth, Bill Erfurth, Emerson Forth, Fernando Gaviria, Rick Gavreau, Steve Gibb, Ivelin Giro, Irwin Gould, Carlos Guity, Tiara Harris, Amanda Haworth, Chris Charles Herbert, Rey Hernandez, Charlie Johnson Jr., Damaris Justamente, Jessica Karr, Rodney Merdock Mercer, Alissa Mullins-Diaz, Gary Nickens, Phil Owens, Nelson J. Perez, Timothy Powell, Renee Reilly, Tevarus Smalls, Reggie Stanley, Bobby Talbert, Raymond Tong, Frank Uria, Paul Villaverde, Alexandra Warren, James Zelley, J.D. Walsh, Greg W. Elam, Richard A. Kelley, J. Michael Tiedeberg, Michael Bay, Pedro Telemaco, Reggie Pierre, John Salley, Dan Marino, Bubba Baker, Christopher J. Campbell, Nancy Duerr, Mike Francis
Director: Michael Bay
Genre: Action, Comedy, Adventure
Release Date: July 18, 2003
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Jerry Stahl
Runtime: 2hrs 26min
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