Police Story 2 is the disappointing follow-up to Jackie Chan's action-packed hit Police Story. In this sequel, he of course plays the same destructive, loose-cannon hero who has now been demoted to traffic cop. After the crime boss he captured in the first movie is released on a technicality, he finds both he and his girlfriend direct targets. Defying orders from his superiors, he stands up to fight, but instead finds himself stuck in the middle between the crime boss he wants killed and a group of terrorists that have kidnapped his girlfriend.
While certainly not Chan's worst movie by any means, Police Story 2 isn't nearly as good in any arena. The movie is funny at times, but doesn't balance the action and comedy as well as Chan's other films have done. The comedy is simple and seems to be playing on the original's successes (Chan, as director, even inserts flashbacks to the previous film to remind us of what worked then and what doesn't work now). In addition, while the movie does offer some very good action scenes, it is a lot more sporadic and inconsistent. There are long stretches, especially in the beginning, where the movie offers up very little excitement.
But what really hurts the film is the plot, which is just cheesy, poorly-written crap. Normally, plots in Jackie Chan movies rarely matter, but in Police Story 2, the writers obviously think they have something smart here, when it is quite the opposite. There are so many false moments in the story and plenty of confusing "twists", especially once Police Story 2 switches gear halfway through and introduces an entirely new group of villains to the mix. "24" can pull this off, but Police Story 2 can't.
The highlight of Police Story 2 is the gag reel during the ending credits. The rest of the movie is okay, but hardly Chan's best. Now out on a 2-disc special edition, the new DVD set offers some more outtakes, commentary and a couple other features that hardly warrant a brand new release.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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