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Another 48 Hrs.

1990 / 93m - USA
Action, Comedy
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An apt title for a film that is really just more of the same. Ten years after the first film Walter Hill revisited his cop/con flick and redid it with a bit more action, slightly more seasoned actors and tighter pacing. Don't expect a world of difference, but I did find this sequel marginally more entertaining.

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After some initial hoopla, Cates and Hammond team up again to finally catch The Iceman. Cates is on the brink of losing his badge, Hammond was just released out of jail but hasn't got his money back yet. Their unorthodox ways gets them very close, but somehow The Iceman is always one step ahead.

Another 48 Hrs is a decent buddy cop flick, nothing more, nothing less. The biggest difference is that the action scenes are a tad more impressive and that Murphy has come into his own, which is beneficial to the comedy. The rest is just simple and basic genre stuff, but it does a decent job passing the time.

The Driver

1978 / 89m - USA
Action, Crime
The Driver poster

A film that was reportedly a big influence on Refn's Drive. I can't say I remember too many specifics from Refn's film, but this has a pretty similar setup and for a 70s flick, it hasn't aged as much compared to many of its contemporaries. It's a simple but nice action flick, nothing more though.

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An infamous getaway driver proves impossible for the police to catch. He's simply too good at what he does. After another successful heist, the cops decide to try something different. They approach the driver's team and promise reduced sentences for those who can help and apprehend the guy.

The tone is quite dry, with a solemn character who keeps the dialogue to a minimum. The action scenes are pretty dynamic though, and the car chases are on point. There's not a whole lot there beyond the basic premise and some decent action scenes, but it's enough to make it an entertaining genre flick.

48 Hrs.

1982 / 96m - USA
Action, Comedy
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Early buddy cop flick that rests on the meager chemistry between its two protagonists. This might've been way more fun back when these films weren't as prevalent, but after seeing a gazillion of them it just doesn't do much for me anymore. Though I'm sure fans of the genre will have fun with this one.

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Cates is a tough cop who barely survives a shooting. His colleagues aren't so lucky. Cates is given 48 hours to solve the case, to do that he might need the help of Hammond, an inmate who still has six months left in prison. Hammond convinces Cates he won't solve the case without him, and so they become partners.

Murphy is quite fun, Nolte is terrible. Whenever this film tries to be edgy it instantly loses a lot of its appeal, luckily the comedy is quite bearable and the pacing is decent, so Hill gets everything wrapped up within the 90 minutes limit. It's all very basic, but if you're looking for some easy amusement you could do worse.

The Warriors

1979 / 92m - USA
Action, Crime
The Warriors poster