It’s been eight years since Will
Smith and Martin Lawrence teamed up to make the movie Bad Boys—and I’ve been a fan
of the movie ever since my ex-boyfriend’s roommate made me watch it repeatedly after it
first came out on video. It’s got plenty of action, plenty of comedy, and a little
mystery thrown in. What a great movie! So I was ecstatic when I heard that a sequel was
in the works. I couldn’t wait to see it.
In the sequel, Detectives Mike
Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) are still working together, trying to keep
the drugs out of Miami. This time, they’re trying to figure out who’s smuggling loads of
ecstasy out of Amsterdam—though they’re pretty sure it has something to do with
suspicious mortuary owner Johnny Tapia (Jordi Molla), who’s somehow managed to slip
through the Miami PD’s fingers time and time again.
seems to be keeping secrets. Marcus hasn’t told Mike that he’s already signed the
transfer papers—so he can find a less dangerous job with a less dangerous partner. Mike
hasn’t told Marcus about his recent trip to New York, when he started seeing Marcus’s
sister, Syd (Gabrielle Union). And Syd hasn’t told either of them that her trip to Miami
isn’t a vacation—she’s working undercover for the DEA, tracking down the same guys that
Mike and Marcus are trying to catch.
Bad Boys II definitely didn’t
leave out much. It didn’t leave out the humor. In fact, my personal favorite part of
the movie is when Mike and Marcus interrogate Marcus’s daughter’s date. And it
definitely didn’t leave out any action. The guns are out, the cars are smashing,
and the bodies are flying through much of the movie. In fact, there could have been less
action—after two and a half hours of car chases and gun fights, more car chases and gun
fights just aren’t that exciting anymore. The only thing that Bad Boys II lacks
is plot. Sure, there’s a story—and a rather unique concept at that—but the story
definitely took a backseat to everything else. There’s a ton of explosions and dead
bodies, lots of laughs, and not a lot of story.
Smith and Lawrence still
did a great job—they definitely work well together. But, as is often the case with
sequels, Bad Boys II just didn’t come together as perfectly as the original.