Nihilism in Motion. Michael Bay successfully weaponized his disdain for humanity after the box office failure of "Pearl Harbor," and it's a wonder any of us were left standing. No matter your color or creed, there's something here to offend you; but every last detail - every spark and piece of shrapnel - feels intentionally placed within the frame, even when it whips by at 80 mph. "This is some sick shit," indeed.
'95's first installment was a sort of fratboy counterpart to Mann's "Heat" of the same year, both portraying cops and robbers having a shady affinity, approaching symbiosis. Bay ups the stakes here; more violence, interminable chases, gunfights, explosions, with general spitefulness and toilet humour a constant backdrop.
A rarely spoken about absurdity in this film is that Will Smith's character is a really shitty person. If Michael Bay wasn't so infatuated with making him look cool in purple suits and took an 'It's Always Sunny' approach by being upfront about Mike being a psychotic asshole who ruins people's lives this could have been a really fascinating variation on cop movies. Eh.
"Those impoverished Cuban peasants have had it too good for too long. So, y'know, it's totally cool to completely obliterate their rickety-ass shanty towns with our brand new Hummer." This is what actually goes on in Michael Bay's head.
Mean-spirited, offensive, gory and ridiculously over the top. Bay's over blown sequel feels like a forgotten action gem from the good old 80's where violence and course language were in abundance, cocaine was the main motif of a usually foreign villain and when misogynistic & non-PC jokes ruled. I can understand why many hate this, but I also understand why other (such as myself) love it. Absurd fun.