After how successful 48 Hrs. was, it was only a matter of time before a sequel came about. Eight years later in 1990, we finally got Another 48 Hrs. that’s not quite as edgy and fun as the original, but still has its awesome lead stars along with plenty of fun and action to be a worthy follow up.
As with the previous film, we start off following San Francisco cop Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) hunting down a mysterious and elusive drug dealer know as the “Iceman”. After getting into a gunfight with two guys connected to his search, Jack kills one of them in self-defense while the other escapes. Thanks to the bad guy’s weapon not being found at the scene, Jack is accused of manslaughter and has (you guessed it) 48 hours to prove his innocence.
It doesn’t take long for Cates to reach out to his old pal Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy) who has just finished another prison term for robbery. Of course Hammond doesn’t want anything to do with Cates or his investigation, but when some of Iceman’s people put a hit out on Reggie, the two have little choice to team up once again and clear Jack’s name while putting a stop to the Iceman as well.
To say more would ruin the story as it ties back to some of the minor characters and events from the first movie. While I had a good time with this sequel as the action and adventure moments are much bigger this time around, the thing that didn’t make sense to me was how Cates and Hammond had to start their friendship all over again, as though the film just tossed out everything they went through before.
Despite this, Nolte and Murphy still manage to be fun with their numerous quip and barb exchanges, though not as great as they were in the first film. Thankfully it looks and sounds great on Blu-ray as the picture and audio come across even cleaner and more crisp than the original movie, most likely due to being more recent.
If you thought the special features were light on the previous film release, this one only has “Filmmaker Focus: Director Walter Hill on Another 48 Hrs.”. Here the famous director returns via video conference call and goes over the film’s production and more with behind the scenes photos and footage spliced in throughout.
It may not be as epic as the genre-setting previous film, but Another 48 Hrs. has more than enough comedy and action going for it to make it a great follow up. It’s odd that it plays out like a soft reboot of sorts, but you’ll be glad these boys are back in town regardless.