There’s much to be said about Michael Bay whether it’s his relentless stereotyping, his sense of humour and frenetic editing. Each film is a barrage of images, sounds and insults turned up to 100.
Bad Boys 2 is no different but it’s one of the better examples of Bay’s approach to filmmaking and genuinely one of his more enjoyable films. He’s in on the joke, never more so when a giant cross is set on fire just as Michael Bay’s name appears in the opening credits, effectively proclaiming him as the cinematic Anti-Christ.
Like a lot of sequels Bad Boys 2 believes bigger is better. It’s certainly longer, more violent than the original, with more ridiculous scenes. To try to distil this film into a credible plot synopsis seems tricky considering the amount of Bay-hem that takes place.
Miami Dade detectives Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowery (Will Smith) are members of TNT (Tactical Narcotics Team), who are trying to find out who is shipping the largest amount of ecstasy into Miami – a story that ropes in the Klu Klux Klan, Haitian criminals, Cuban gangsters, DEA and Russian nightclub owners. It’s certainly a multicultural mix and it boggles the mind to see that it actually works on a deranged level.
It’s expensive nonsense that looks like a cross between a glossy magazine and a Hanna Barbera cartoon that’s been given life and turned into a destruction derby. It’s enjoyable because it is so stupid. However, as enjoyable as it is, Bay’s quirks rear their head a few too many times. Some unnecessary comedic bits and editing of action scenes which culminate in a series of confusing scenes is unwanted.
That said, at his best, Bay can come with some fantastic visuals, typified by a huge tracking shot that descends from the sky, through a building’s ventilation system, then through a group of scantily-clad women dancing in a club (what else?) before reaching Peter Stormare’s Russian gangster.
His execution of such a technical feat is extraordinary and something he does time and time again but you wish that the stories he goes for weren’t so repugnant.
Bad Boys 2 is utterly insane and thank God for it.