I distinctly remember actually liking this film when I first saw it a couple of years back. Now that I see it again I still like it, even though it’s pure formula.Does this plot sound familiar to you: Axel Foley (Murphy) sees on TV that his friend Captain Bogomil (Ronny Cox) has been attempted for his life and is in critical condition, so he goes down to Beverly Hills again and rejoins with friends and cops Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Taggart (John Ashton) to find the woman who shot Bogomil and it seems to be that the whole thing revolves on a huge gun-smuggling ring run by Maxwell Dent (Jurgen Prochnow) and his fiancée Karla Fry (Brigitte Nielsen)
Ok, this film is a cookie-cutter formula flick. It pretty much rehashes all the shit that went on in the last one, the only thing that makes it actually watchable is Tony Scott’s flair for staging some very cool action scenes (like the climatic gunfight in the end) as well as Murphy’s endless barrage of laughs whenever he can pull one. Everything else is pretty much is the same and it still works to a point due to the fact that the formula still has (or had back then) enough inertia to actually still work well.
Still, there are certain new components that don’t work; one of them being the whole Rambo-like gun obsession that Rosewood has which is absolutely stupid. Brigitte Nielsen as a cold-blooded killer, sorry that’s just as excruciatingly awful as watching later on Kim Basinger in the putrid remake of The Getaway trying to make me believe that she can actually fire a gun.All in all, a passable sequel though not a memorable one; the franchise should’ve ended right here, since it was still enjoyable and at the very least decent. 3-5