Review: [In Memory of Tony Scott 1944-2012] BEVERLY HILLS COP II (1987) | Casey's Movie Mania | Movie Reviews, Features & Others

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Review: [In Memory of Tony Scott 1944-2012] BEVERLY HILLS COP II (1987)

RATING: 2.5/5

Following from his huge success in 1986's TOP GUN which immediately placed him as one of the most sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood, Tony Scott returns with another box-office blockbuster a year later. That is none others than BEVERLY HILLS COP II, which is no doubt, one of the most heavily-anticipated movies back in 1987. Likewise, Scott's movie is always irresistible to look at but unfortunately this sequel suffers from a case of "overkill" and lack that gritty charm the first one had made so successfully back in 1984.

In this sequel, the movie opens with a well-executed jewel heist in Beverly Hills, led by a tall blonde named Karla Fry (Brigitte Nielsen) and Charles "Chip" Cain (Dean Stockwell). They manage to escape just in time before the police even has a chance to react. And that's the part of the rising issues soon to be a huge headache for Lt. Bogomil (Ronny Cox) who have a tough time trying to break the case related to the recent robberies as well as the "Alphabet" crimes where the criminal leaves a letter with code waiting for the police to decipher the hidden meaning. Not only that, Bogomil has his hands full when his mean-spirited chief of police Lutz (Allen Garfield) accused him for not being a well-organized superior who failed to handle his department smoothly and he is especially despised of Bogomil's two trusted detectives, Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Taggart (John Ashton), both about to be re-assigned as traffic cops.

Things get out of hand when Bogomil suffers from a near-fatal shooting and leaves both Rosewood and Taggart hanging in the balance. So, again, they enlist the help of their best friend, the tough and street-smart cop from Detroit, Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) regards about the incident happened to Bogomil as well as the "Alphabet" case. But Axel himself has his own problem to settle as well, namely going deep undercover posing as a rich businessman to infiltrate the fake credit-card scam. His superior, Inspector Todd (Gil Hill) isn't happy the way Axel has wasted the department's money for providing him flashy clothes as well as the highly-expensive red Ferrari but not coming close at all for solving the case. Todd gives Axel three days to come out with a result or else, forcing him to juggle between helping Rosewood and Taggart to solve the case and his own assignment. He has no choice but to hand over his case quietly to his dim-witted partner, Jeffrey Friedman (Paul Reiser) to cover up for him while he heads over to Beverly Hills instead.

Loud, frenetic and profane, the sequel is all about flashy mannerism and of course, high-gloss visual that characterized Tony Scott's trademark direction. Taking over the original director Martin Brest, Scott knows well how to make a picture eye-catching enough but he's obviously not qualified enough to do both action and comedy comfortably at the same equal of excitement.

But still, the action is entertaining, though fairly routine and someone should tell producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer that the hit-and-run cement truck chase scene just doesn't cut it well.

The returning cast are equally credible, though hardly generate the higher point that they did successfully back in the original. Eddie Murphy, who also helped fine-tuning Warren Skaaren and Larry Ferguson's script, isn't that much funny. Instead most of the jokes are either too loud or forceful.

BEVERLY HILLS COP II gets nominated for Best Original Song, "Shakedown" by Harold Faltermeyer, Keith Fosey and Bob Seger, though neither the song or the music are near memorable as the original did better. Despite most of its glaring flaws, this sequel remains a big hit -- grossing a healthy $153 million at the box office over a $30 million budget.

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