Taxi 2
Dir: Gérard Krawczyk
Star: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard, Emma Sjöberg
Cert / Year: 12 / 2000
Format: DVD R2

Some things never change, after their exploits in Taxi Emilien is still the joke of the police department and Daniel is back driving his souped up cab. However fate has decided that these two should meet and team up again. Daniel while trying to impress his girlfriend's father accidentally winds up as part of the same protection team for a visiting Japanese minister as Emilien. Of course with he usual studied incompetence the minister is kidnapped and again it falls to Emilien and Daniel to save the day.

The film Taxi was superb. It was the perfect mix of action, comedy and spectacular driving. Taxi 2 is a mix of the same elements but this time instead of perfection something has changed, and occasionally this film miss fires. It seems that too much emphasis has been placed on the comedy aspect of the film, and this is in detriment to both the action and the car chases.

First lets concentrate on the positive. Well the good news begins with the fact that nearly the entire cast of the first film has returned for this sequel. Samy Naceri and Frédéric Diefenthal are again both excellent, proving they have lost none of the chemistry from the first film. It just a little disappointing that in this film they spend so much time apart. Other plus points come from both Marion Cotillard and Emma Sjöberg who justifiably get bigger roles than the first film. On the down side Bernard Farcy and Jean-Christophe Bouvet while being entertaining have to cope with poorly written overly humurous characters.

Ok what's not as good. Well the script relies far too much on comedy. Gone is any attempt at realism and it is replaced by comedic farce. Don't misunderstand me the jokes are funny, and the returning cameo roles of the passenger and the driving instructor from the first film are hilarious, but some of the other humour is forced and out of place. The character of Commissaire Gibert has suffered the most, moving from amusingly incompetent to over the top ridiculous. This is not aided by the introduction of the character of General Bertineau who quite frankly is unrealistically silly. Lastly the many references to the French world cup success have now back fired embarrassingly. This i'm sure did inspire patriotic happiness, but I bet now it causes painful winces (a footballing - No not that sad game of armoured rugby playing in America, real football - lesson for all script writers).

There is only three real driving scenes but they are excellent, especially the opening rally segment. They are well shot and again mostly free of CGI. That is until the car sprouts wings (Hey Ho Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and things descend into Knight Rider like implausibility. This new addition to the car is ill advised and unwarranted. But worse it majority derails the excellent driving sections of the film, and leads to a really stupid ending.

Taxi 2 is a very entertaining funny film. To get the most out of it you have to watch the superior Taxi first (many of the jokes just don't work unless you do). The fact that the original film was better doesn't mean that this film is bad, far from it. The action is entertaining, the jokes are good and the actors are superb. It's just a shame about the forced comedy and the flying car. Never mind with any luck they will revert back to the original formula for Taxi 3, in the meantime Taxi 2 provides an entertaining and fun diversion.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Picture 2.35:1 Anamorphic Very good picture.
Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 (French) Superb well used sound but only burnt on subtitles.
Features Main Cast and Crew Biographies
9 min very interesting making of featurette
Verdict Better than the first film with better picture and sound The extras are still strictly limited and could have been better.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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