Reviewed by: Nathan J. Rossin
Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Jordi Molla, Gabrielle Union, Peter Stormare | Directed by: Michael Bay | Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer | Written by: Ron Shelton, Jerry Stahl, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley | Distributor: Columbia Pictures
Narcotics detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) have been assigned to a high-tech task force investigating the flow of designer ecstasy into Miami. This leads them to a conspiracy involving a vicious Kingpin (Molla), whose ambitions have ignited a bloody turf war. Mike and Marcus’ working relationship is threatened when Mike develops feelings for Marcus’ sister Syd (Union), and unless they can separate the personal from the professional, the case and Syd’s life are in danger.
They’re back! When Miami becomes the target of a large ecstasy smuggling ring, narcotics detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) are assigned to a new department of the Miami Police Department nicknamed TNT (Tactical Narcotics Team). Lowrey and Burnett once again investigate with their trademark “Shoot first, shoot later, and when everybody’s dead try to ask a question or two” flare. This leads to a violence level that far surpasses the original, including extremely graphic death sequences.
The cinematography in this film is absolutely incredible. From the chase scenes to the closed in gun fights, it is quite obvious that much of the photography and effects have never before been attempted; and they’re pulled of flawlessly here. The over-the-top action sequences never quite get tiring, but can become somewhat predictable as the film progresses.
Unfortunately, there is a great deal of objectionable material. Here is an abridged listing (a full list would consume too much space): countless uses of every cuss word imaginable including several counts of blasphemy, over-the-top violence and gore, at least three slow motion gunshots to a bad guy’s head, corpses fall out of a van during a chase scene and are subsequently run over by the pursuers, a female corpse is shown nude from the chest up, a club scene consisting of numerous scantily clad women dancing eroticly (the camera moves under a woman wearing a skirt), a woman is showing having sex in a car (no nudity), a man is cut into pieces and stuffed into a box (the actual murder is not shown).
Behind all the special effects and excellent photography, there really is not much substance to the plot. There is really no character development in the sequel, Smith and Lawrence really do have a chemistry on screen that is quite hilarious at times. The comedy, however, does not excuse the fact that the creators have crossed a line of gore and language acceptability.
Violence: Extreme Profanity: Extreme Sex/Nudity: Heavy