Monday, January 8, 2007

Movie Review: Blue Streak 2 Stars

Blue Streak is an action-comedy completely derivative of Beverly Hills Cop, but without the Eddie Murphy. Martin Lawrence is Mike Logan, the Axel Foley character. Instead of being a Detroit detective avenging his friend’s murder, Logan is a jewel thief impersonating a detective to boost a diamond he stashed a few years earlier in what’s now an LAPD HQ. Luke Wilson, although barely in the movie, is Logan’s rookie partner, the gullible honky character played by Judge Reinhold in BHC. There’s even a Sgt. Taggart in this movie.

Now that I think about it, Beverly Hills Cop 2 was about jewel thieves and 48 Hrs. starred Murphy as a convict working as a cop. O! that this were a parody! It just might have worked.

There are a couple by-the-numbers, but decent action scenes and a few moments of inspired humor, mostly involving the very funny Dave Chappelle who plays Logan’s former partner-in-crime, Tully. As a matter-of-fact, Tully is by far the most interesting character in this movie of cardboard cutouts -- and not because he is fully developed. Chappelle just turns the role out. His scenes with Martin Lawrence suggest a chemistry that was utterly wasted here.

By the end of the movie, what have we learned? White people are uptight and lack soul. Police departments are easily duped and filled with bumbling idiots. And murder is okay when the hero, a convicted felon, commits it.

Well, I for one, am not going to fall for the banana-in-the-tail-pipe.

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