Here's a sequel that beats the original many times over.
There are more car crashes, more crazy stunts, more humorous accidents/events... more everything except for the love/drama, of which there is a little less than in the first.
So, the plot in this movie: The Japanese minister is in France to check out a new armored car prototype (of course inspector Gilbert is the one showing the car, and constantly making a fool out of himself) and the minister gets kidnapped. Daniel somehow winds up in the middle of the mixture, along with his police buddy Emilien, and things get crazy.
Since the gang behind the kidnapping is Japanese there's a lot of flips, a lot of cartwheels, parkour-style building climbing flipping tripping running, good fights (always light, no blood, no brutality) and of course, as the name states, there's a lot of cars. More than in the last one. It is easy to assume the first movie was a hit since they 1) made a sequel and 2) included way more vehicles being creatively broken in this movie than in the prequel.
If you liked the first one, you'll like this.
Also, Daniel has installed some new creative adjustments to his Taxi (to make it fly), it turns out his girlfriend's dad is an army general, and in the end they all... oh wait, no spoilers. ;)
To sum it up, it's a great movie. Recommended!
rated 5/5: friggin awesome
Cops to military and ministers, cars to planes, common thugs to the Japanese Yakuza, girlfriends to wives... everything's moving up in the world of Daniel! And of Emilien. And the rally chase for the intro was one bad-ass way to start it off.
We also get to see waaay more of Petra! She goes all out here, while also coming across as a surprisingly complacent and nice housewife. And I wonder how many cars Peugeot sponsored here! Cause there's a lot of them. Lotsa crashes. If you think they don't crash enough cars initially just you wait. What an ending.
We also get to see Paris, and a great parade, and meet Lilly's family - her father's a notable figure from here on out.
Plot element here that made its way to the American remake: Drunk wife.
I miss a conclusion with Lilly a bit. She's more on the phone than in the movie with this one - the closet scene in the last movie felt like a more wholesome end. Here she's still waiting when it's over.
But all's well that ends well, and what a swell movie.
Cyril Raffaelli plays a small role here too! And we get some good parkour scenes. Almost looks like Yamakasi.
There's a Japanese minister, there's a bulletproof car, and there's a lot of cultural appropriation in this one too... but nevermind getting offended. It's all good fun. And tanks.
Taxi 2 truly does take it to the next level.
rated 4.5/5: almost awesome