Ride Along 2 (2016)
Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong, and Olivia Munn. Directed by Tim Story.
I had no intention of seeing this film, especially since I never saw the first, but it just worked out that it was the most convenient for my schedule, and I knew I wouldn’t get a chance to see anything until after the weekend, so there I was, ready for the worst.
The worst never really showed up, because Ride Along 2 surprised me by being pretty entertaining. Even at its least engaging or clever, it’s a well directed, well put-together film with characters I like. The editing, visual effects, and even action sequences kept me interested, and although I honestly didn’t care how the story played out, I liked the mix of the film’s central characters and just enjoyed the ride.
Ice Cube is a police detective in Atlanta. Kevin Hart is his soon-to-be brother-in-law, just a month out of the police academy. An investigation gone bad leads them to Miami, and although Cube plans to work solo, he brings Hart along in order to teach his sister’s fiancé the hard way that he just doesn’t have what it takes for detective work. They join an ongoing investigation with Miami detective Olivia Munn, and with the help of computer hacker Ken Jeong, they try to figure out who killed the city’s port manager.
Really, it’s not about the story. It’s about the interaction of the characters, and while I’ve never cared much for Kevin Hart, he’s well suited for second billing to Ice Cube’s tough guy. Bring your willing suspension of disbelief and enjoy it for what it is.