By Walid Habboub
July 17, 2003
You know a film has an auspicious start when you can see a camera man
on-screen almost 15 minutes into the film; then you're surprised when the
movie, as much as it is just summer fare, turns out not to be such a bad
experience. While Bad Boys II, the latest film from the dynamic duo of Jerry
Bruckheimer and Michael Bay, is about 20 minutes too long and suffers from
many slow spots, it does pack enough punch and has sufficient sporadic laughs to
be worth your money.
Bad Boys II feels like Frankenstein's monster except the Doctor is really an
entire laboratory of doctors, all of whom have taken their best creative
parts and added a little something to the film. The film's action scenes are
only good when they have nothing to do with the plot and the film is only
funny when the comedy is put into a scene that dances along the border of
the story. With nothing really there to hold the implausible plot together,
the movie should fail miserably, but it doesn't. For all its absurdity, the
movie manages to entertain with parts that are greater than the whole.
If not for the spectacular car chase scene in The Matrix Reloaded, Bad Boys
II would have been known as having possibly the best car chase scene in
recent movie history. The scene highlights what Bay does best in the film,
and that is to mix CGI with real life action seamlessly and in an extremely
effective fashion. The lengthy scene indulges a bit and completely ignores
the laws of gravity, but it serves as an excellent action centerpiece for a high
energy film. If you can stay awake from one action scene to the next, the
payoff is good.
You won't have a good time if you don't go into the theatre on the
understanding that this is a dumb summer action film that should not be
taken seriously. Bay, who makes a cameo in the film as a citizen who almost
has his car commandeered by Martin Lawrence's character, takes liberties
with logic and common sense, but delivers the goods on the action scenes
without having too much pretentious direction. The film still suffers from
the leads having no chemistry whatsoever but manages to bring the funny
in enough scenes to keep you in your seat.
All in all, Bad Boys II is entertaining and not boring. It also doesn't take
itself too seriously and therefore stays lightly fun and does exactly what a
typical summer action film is expected to do, and that is entertain. After a couple of rough years, Bruckheimer is back to delivering the goods this summer, and Bad Boys II will not disappoint movie fans.