At the beginning of the movie, I'm thinking the old actors are all back! Well at least the thief. It starts with an elaborate heist, snowboarding on dunes of sand, and a quote I'll probably remember
If I can see the skies [in the crown], it can be seen from the skies.
Turns out the thief from the last movie no longer is the same after all, though, so maybe the cops final words weren't without meaning.
What a waste of life, is what he said. At that time I thought the thief would obviously be back in the sequel, and the cop would be wrong, that it was more an actual escape than just suicidal stupidity... but it turns out that's not the case. So that was a shame... but there's a new thief now, a better one, and a plot that intrigues plenty.
The two cops are still playing main roles, but the one you feel empathy for is turning into more of a clown than just a sidekick, the girl he loves falls in love with another guy, and at the start of the movie she's not even present (what about that final scene in the last one?!)... it didn't follow the track I had hoped. Once I get over these introductory disappointments, there's no denying it's a great movie, but it'd have been better if it wasn't a sequel, the loose ends aren't picked up at all.
The fights are the highlights of the film. On the roof of a train, on boats, on jet-skis, on rooftops, in Brazil (!)... they're all great! I miss the motorcycle action a bit (there's a bit, but not near as much as the last one), and it feels like the movie has moved away from just speed-based warfare to regular thievery, which is another disappointment. The dances aren't as flashy as in the prequel, not quite. Great movie anyway, but the original was something else. Let's see how #3 makes up for these losses!
At least the ending is happy. :)
rated 3/5: not bad