Bad Boys II

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Bad Boys II
Review (7/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

Apparently, from what I have been reading, movie-geeks do not like Michael Bay. I have read one comment where he was compared to the devil. Take it from someone who could care less what Michael Bay has directed in the past, in the present or in the future - Bad Boys II is really one of those movies you have to see to believe. Michael Bay takes the proverbial envelope and pushes it so damn far it falls off the edge of the proverbial cliff. He takes violence in blockbuster movies to a whole new level. He takes the term "over the top" and goes over the top of "over the top". Anyone who was bitching and complaining about the lack of violence in movies this summer just has to go see Bad Boys II. It is not a movie for everyone. As per usual in extremely violent movies, a mother and daughter walked out of the theatre I was in about half way through the movie. This is to be expected. There were even scenes where I, a guy who, if I ever got shot in the ass would probably enjoy the experience just because of the sheer violence, was left shaking my head. I mean there were corpses flying down the streets, brain falling on floors, people getting chopped up, dead women with enormous breasts, slow-motion gun shot wounds - just some scenes of pure, unadulterated violence. At the very least, you will walk out of the theatre with something to talk about for the next couple of hours. It really is quite shocking.

So how was the movie, you might ask? Well, besides the violence, it wasn't all that bad. It was not my favorite movie of the summer, but it definitely was not too bad. Hollywood Homicide could take a lesson from this movie. The story is pretty basic - two narcotics officers (Will Smith and Martin Lawrence) are trying to bust a drug kingpin in Miami and one of North America's biggest ecstasy dealers, before he takes off to Cuba. Of course, there are a couple of twists and turns, a few side stories and plenty of humor. Some of the bantering between Smith and Lawrence, I just did not fall for, but the scene where a 15-year old kid is picking up Martin's daughter to go on a date will leave you rolling in the aisle. It was quite possibly the funniest single scene I have seen in any movie this year, and it made up for some of the other scenes in the movie that were supposed to be funny but weren't. The movie, of course, has the big, but really unrealistic car chase scene. Lots of close-up shots (which was different) but which I thought made it difficult to follow what was going on at times. In fact, the whole movie had a lot of close-ups. I could live with the slow-motion stuff that was going on (there's a bullet scene in the opening ten minutes that is really cool) but that close-up stuff was annoying to say the least.

I'll just point out a couple of other likes and dislikes. I liked the fact that, for once, the criminals were not shown as leading a glamorous life. Sure they had a shitload of money but they also constantly had the cops breathing down their necks. Plus, they had rats in their house. I thought the cops lead too extravagant of a lifestyle for cops - huge houses, pools, sports cars, expensive suits. You'd think they were making as much money as the drug dealers. I thought the bullets missed the people way too often, especially the bullets that were fired at Smith and Lawrence.

Despite what seems like a lot of bitching about Bad Boys II, I do recommend seeing it for fun. This is a movie that politically correct people will say is a "guilty pleasure". Or a normal person will just say it was fucking fun. Not the most believable movie you will ever see. When you think about it, it was way too violent and a bit disgusting at times. But you know what? Fuck it. We ride together. We die together. Bad Boys for life.

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