Number of Times Seen – at least 5 (Theater, cable, 7 Aug 2013)
Brief Synopsis – Continuation of the original storyline brings cop Jack Cates and criminal Reggie Hammond back together for another 48 hours of crime stopping.
My Take on it – I have trouble considering this a sequel as opposed to an actual continuation of the original 48 Hrs. (1982) story. The writers successfully filled in a new plot around elements from the first movie that were left unexplained and they did it well.
Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy are both back as their alter egos from the original film.
I love the theme song The Boys are back in town.
I actually remember when this sequel came out in 1990. I like to call that summer “The summer of sequels” because so many sequels came out then:
Here is a partial list:
Die Hard 2 (1990), Young Guns II (1990), Gremlins 2 (1990), Back to the Future Part III (1990), Robocop 2 (1990), The Two Jakes (1990), Predator 2 (1990), Neverending Story 2 (1990) and Three Men a a Little Lady (1990).
Suffice it to say, I was in the theater many times that summer.
Just like the original, this buddy-buddy movie has all the right pieces that helped make it so successful; heinous crime, tough cop, wisecracking buddy and of course a tense chase after the criminal followed by a suspenseful final battle.
If you can, I suggest that you try to watch both this and the original back to back.
Bottom Line – Truly a well done continuation sequel. Not many sequel can claim that. Great companion piece to the original. Recommended
Rating – Globe Worthy