(out of 5)
Eddie Murphy‘s hit character Axel Foley returns in this less successful sequel. He is once again the wisecracking Los Angeles police detective who is hot on the trail of a woman (Brigitte Nielsen) who apparently shot his good friend and colleague (Ronny Cox). On the trail of the killer he stumbles upon a scheme involving illegally traded weapons and a series of robberies linked to the same villain. Murphy’s energy is just as manic as before, but the screenplay sags under its own cliches and the direction is too heavy handed for comedy. Judge Reinhold and John Ashton return as the comic sidekicks.
Directed by Tony Scott
Cinematography by Jeffrey L. Kimball
Music by Harold Faltermeyer
Production Design by Ken Davis