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Bad Boys, Bad Taste, Bad Film,
This review is from: Bad Boys 2 [DVD]  (DVD)
If Michael Bay thinks we have forgiven him for the sickly, saccharine excess of Pearl Harbour he is sorely mistaken. In creating a sequel to his original, he must have thought that he was on solid ground, at least in terms of box office returns. That Bad Boys II never lived up to its much-hyped originator is due to a completely naïve and blinkered view of what constitutes entertainment.
Bad Boys II is a film with no redeeming features whatsoever. Its full frontal assault on a cool, hip-hop generation is both embarrassing and insulting to those whose culture deserves a far greater depth of development; the action is puerile and grounded with no more sense of reason than a firework exploding; the characters are unfunny and insulting to the intelligence and the story about as original as an advert for windscreen accident damage.
In addition to these considerations, there is a serious question about the shocking bad taste, highlighted when our so-called heroes make much light of a dead woman’s breasts, and proceed to jest about the corpses being run over and decapitated during a car chase (Death Race 2000 anyone?).
Bay and his peers need to remember that we as an audience have a far greater level of intelligence than this tosh tries to stroke. Perhaps the only laugh to be had is when Smith and Lawrence grill an expectant suitor at the door, and this was only because you realised just how much better the concept had been used previously (see Gibson and Glover in Lethal Weapon 2).
If such films can continue to slip through the very thin net, the end of the high-quality, mindless action movie as we know it is nigh.