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Another 48 Hrs (1990)

Director:
Walter Hill
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Action/Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Nye 48 timer
RUNNING TIME
95 minutes
Producer:
Lawrence Gordon
Robert D. Wachs
Screenwriter:
John Fasano
Jeb Stuart
Larry Gross


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Reggie Hammond Eddie Murphy
Jack Cates Nick Nolte
Ben Kehoe Brion James
Blake Wilson Kevin Tighe
Frank Cruise Ed O'Ross
Kirkland Smith Bernie Casey

 

Review

The breath of fresh air that accompanied 48 Hrs in 1982 has completely abandoned this sequel. Although I like the idea of sequels appearing several years after their original, it makes little sense to find the main characters at exactly the same place in life eight years later. Like with Rocky II, we find that our Reggie Hammond and Jack Cates are being "plotted up" to fit into a similar situation as we originally found them in eight years earlier. That's a fairly transparent and unnoble commercial motive.

Still, the biggest problem with Another 48 Hrs is its inevitable rooting in that lame, stereotypical action-flick formula of the 80s. When these films worked, it was not because of their subtleness, but because of their carefree, inspiring and high-spirited nature. It was about freshness, clever in-your-face dialogue and passionate up-and-coming performers. In the early 80s, Eddie Murphy was the epitome of this, but in 1990, he and a caricatured Nick Nolte (why can't he at least speak like a human?) are on repeat, dealing with painfully one-dimensional villains and clinging on to a filmatic style and subgenre that was well into its decline.

Copyright 10.3.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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