THZ Exclusive: “Ride Along 2” Movie Review

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Cast: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn
Director: Tim Story
Synopsis: Rookie lawman Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) aspires to become a detective like James Payton (Ice Cube), his future brother-in-law. James reluctantly takes Ben to Miami to follow up on a lead that’s connected to a drug ring. The case brings them to a homicide detective and a computer hacker who reveals evidence that implicates a respected businessman. It’s now up to James and Ben to prove that charismatic executive Antonio Pope is actually a violent crime lord who rules southern Florida’s drug trade.

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube join forces again but this time they brought along some familiar faces and a chemistry that should not go unnoticed. If you are one of the many Hart and Cube fans who are feeling conflicted about seeing this movie based on the original Ride Along, I cannot say I blame you. However, I readily suggest taking a chance and catching it in theaters for a mid-week pick me up.

Training days are over for the Get Hard and Barbershop actors as they open the sequel packed with more action, graphics, bellyaches and splashes of water works than the first time around. Their chemistry developed nicely into the hilarious, awkward love that only brothers-in-laws could portray. They’ve grown tremendously from their Friday and Soul Plane days, therefore fans are rightfully expecting greater things from and for them which is why the Approach in Ride Along 2 could be appreciated a bit more. The writing felt natural to what we know and love when we think of these A-list celebrities, giving Story kudos for providing a platform with stronger creative for duo to work with, something fans can all agree that Hart and Cube deserve.

GIF Credit: Universal Pictures

GIF Credit: Universal Pictures

The sub plot could have easily made a lazy turn down The Hangover route but thankfully did not. Instead, Story used an evergreen storyline with scenes that allowed for Cube and Hart to be what we’ve grown to love, themselves. Although the plot has thickened and there is much more at stake, the true reason to stay tuned in is the humor and banter between the two.

It is no surprise that critics, who are most likely fans as well, have high expectations for these household names to be featured in movies with prominence that suit their clout. Likewise, it is no secret that they are seriously funny so fans find it difficult to bare yet another attempt by Story that may potentially put Hart and Cube back in a position to prove that they indeed have a connection on camera in a film not necessarily designed for them at this stage in their careers. Well, he obviously attempted again but this time I believe viewers will be pleased!

Ride Along 2 can be found everywhere in Theaters on Friday, January 15.

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