Monday, 7 March 2016

Ride Along 2 Review

Ride Along 2

Release Date: 18th February 2016 - Australia

Production Companies
Cube Vision
Universal Pictures
Will Packer Productions

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Action/Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 102 minutes

Budget: $40,000,000

Box Office Gross: $124,605,297

Plot Summary
New police academy
graduate Ben tags along
from Atlanta to Miami
with James to track down
a fugitive criminal just
hours before Ben's
wedding to James' sister.

Ice Cube - James Payton
Kevin Hart - Ben Barber
Tika Sumpter - Angela Payton
Benjamin Bratt - Antonio Pope
Olivia Munn - Maya
Ken Jeong - A.J.
Bruce McGill - Lt. Brooks
Michael Rose - The Hitter/Gates
Sherri Shepard - Cori
Arturo del Puerto - Alonso
Eric Goins - Assface
Carlos Gomez - Captain Hernandez
Utkarsh Ambudkar - Amir
Glen Powell - Troy
Nadine Velazquez - Tasha
Bresha Webb - Shayla
Tyrese Gibson - Mayfield
James Martin Kelly - Port Commissioner Griffin
Robert Pralgo - Port Commissioner Nunez

Director - Tim Story
Based on Characters - Greg Coolidge
Writers - Phil Hay and
Matt Manfredi
Executive Producers - Scott
Bernstein, Ronald G.
Muhammad and Nicolas Stern
Producers - Matt Alvarez,
Larry Brezner, Ice Cube,
William Packer and J.C. Spink
Production Designer - Chris Cornwell
Cinematography - Mitchell Amundsen
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Jack Gill
Co-Stunt Coordinator - Brian Machleit
Film Editor - Peter S. Elliott
Music - Christopher Lennertz

I'm not necessarily new to the RIDE ALONG movies as these two are typically buddy-cop films that were mostly cut-and-pasted from other films alike in the sub-genre such as LETHAL WEAPON and the parody of all cliches HOT FUZZ (click here). I could have stopped when I noticed this before, but I've only remembered seeing a few bits of the first movie and RIDE ALONG 2 was a fair play of a sequel. There was lots of excitement in this sequel but with too many cliches that are in every buddy cop film. I would have chosen the LETHAL WEAPON series over the two RIDE ALONG movies if I haven't watched the latter.

Leading actor Kevin Hart was so good at being the main hero and the comical relief. His humour carries most of the sequel itself and he is in a odd-pair with fellow African-American performer Ice Cube. He upstages him like he did with the previous first instalment.

In closing, I think RIDE ALONG 2 is probably an above average movie that would entertain everyone for an afternoon or evening. I hope they don't make another sequel of RIDE ALONG as it would tire the format of buddy cop films.

Star rating: (6/10) Fair Movie

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