Review Date: July 01, 2002
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Writer: Robert Gordon, Barry Fanaro
Producers: Laurie MacDonald, Walter Parkes
Will Smith as Agent J
Tommy Lee Jones as Agent K
Lara Flynn Boyle as Serleena
Some of the stuff that really didn't work for me included the so-called villainess, Lara Flynn Boyle, who definitely looked hot, but generated little excitement and seemed to have shot all of her scenes in one day. Most of her sequences took place in one building, and she barely ever interacted with either of the leads in the entire movie. Strange. Then again, the entire plotline is thin to begin with, so if you're looking for real thrills and drama, go elsewhere, young Jedi. Johnny Knoxville's character was somewhat interesting, but what the heck happened to him at the end? They just seemed to drop him off at some point in the picture, never to be seen or heard from again. Rosario Dawson was good (gorgeous eyes by the way...call me!), but her "love" connection with Smith didn't work for me either, and once again, felt forced into a paper-thin screenplay, scripted almost like a remake of the original, but without the uniqueness. As for the CGI, it was pretty decent for the most part, with special marks going out to the whole underground worm fella (brrrrrrr...love those teeth!), but the finger snakes on Boyle's character were just too CGI for my taste.
All in all, the film doesn't present you with anything that you haven't seen in the original, does re-deliver most of the stuff that you liked from the original and barely lasts long enough for you to remember anything on your way home. Is it fun? Yeah, I suppose that it's never boring and it does feature some cool sequences and a few laughs, but if you were expecting this sequel to take things to another level...you will be sorely disappointed, because the only place this movie is going is...the packaged goods section at your local Cineplex (and yes, a Burger King makes its way into one of the alien airport scenes...for the love of Christ...enough with the friggin' obvious product placements already!) Stop the madness! Too déjà vu for my taste. Check it out on video, if interested.