Taxi 2 (2000)

(In theaters, October 2000) Straight sequel to the hugely entertaining French car-chase/shoot-em-up action/comedy that somehow still hasn’t been re-made by Hollywood. Luc Besson wrote the script, and it shows, what with the simplistic plotting, trite -even juvenile- humor, broad clichés and punchy pacing. It doesn’t matter very much, as we’re there to see car crashes and gunfights. On that level, Taxi 2 works well, and if the film isn’t as good as the first one, it’s as sympathetic and even a bit funnier. The direction is rather good, if at time needlessly hectic. Worth a double-bill with the first one, if you can find it…

(Second viewing, On DVD, February 2003) Dumber than the usual, but maybe a little bit funnier, this is a film that’s best seen right after the original for comparison purposes. (Some slight gags also make more sense.) The “impregnable car” still looks cheaper than anything that deserved to be on-screen. There isn’t much to say about this film, really; it’s slightly offensive in its casual racism and definitely a lot of fun nevertheless. The Region-1 DVD contains the film, the trailer and a too-short making-of featurette that still offers some good behind-the-scenes footage.

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