It took eight years, seven writers and a few Beverly Hills Cop movies for Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy to get together again, and if the question to be asked is was it worth the effort, the answer must be no. While the original 48 Hrs. was a surprise smash with an energetic cast and some great comedy, the sequel is nothing more than a money grab, and everyone seems to know it. The plotline is so confusing you’d think it was a Mission Impossible prequel, the dialogue so tame and lame that it’s as if Murphy was channeling an episode of Hangin’ With Mr Cooper, and the bad guys so cliché that they wouldn’t have been out of place in a Mad Max movie. Another 48 Hrs. is a misfire and nobody seems to care one way or the other.It’s eight years later and Reggie Hammond (Murphy) is back in prison. Detective Jack Cates (Nolte) has spent the last four years pursuing a mystical drug dealer known only as The Iceman, only for an extraordinary coincidence to give him a breakthrough. See, he arrested a guy that has a picture of Hammond in his pocket and admits that there’s a contract out on the dude’s head. Cates decides this is ground for springing Hammond and once again using him to track down his man over a 48 hour parole.
But that’s neither here nor there, because no matter what happens in the plot, it’s basically for nothing. All anyone in this project is interested in is seeing Murphy and Nolte wisecracking again, only this time the writers seems incapable of coming up with wisecracks, and since we’ve heard all of Murphy’s material before, he’s no help. So what do they do instead? They beat the crap out of each other. Often. All the way through the flick. Gone is the quiet camaraderie, gone is the friendship under extreme circumstances, and in their place is a dumb plot about hitmen who seem to have no real desire other than to kill as many people as possible. Great characterization, writing team!
Of course, The Iceman is closer than everyone thinks and the ending is so bad it’s like someone held a cliché convention and Murphy and Nolte bought a three day pass. There’s very little on offer in terms of comedy, a little higher explosion content than previously and some very bored looking stars that took a few years to do anything worthwhile after this dreck came out.On its own, this is a boring flick. But seen directly after the original, it’s dire. Give it a miss.