'Bon Cop Bad Cop 2' - Movie Review

2006's "Bon Cop Bad Cop" was one of the highest grossing Canadian films ever made: not that that made anybody rich, but it's kind of nice to see success rewarded. And another plus: like most sequels ten years in the making, this one is better thought out than the ones that follow within a year of their predecessor.

"Bon Cop Bad Cop 2" finds our protagonists Martin Ward (Colm Feore) and David Bouchard (Patrick Huard) still cops - Bouchard is undercover with the Sûreté du Québec, while Ward has moved from the Ontario Provincial Police to the RCMP. They meet for the first time in a while when Ward's team busts the garage that Bouchard's gang is working in, and once again find themselves working together.

To the writer's credit, many of the things about the movie are different: in the previous movie, much of the humour was aimed at Quebec-Ontario differences, here Canadians are struggling with their relationship with the U.S. This time instead of solving a series of murders, they're unearthing a nasty plot that they think revolves around drugs - but they're not at all sure. Both of the characters are a decade older, and time has taken its toll particularly on Ward.

To my astonishment, they populated three relatively minor roles from the previous film with the same actors: Bouchard's ex-wife (now his wife again) is still played by Lucie Laurier. Even stranger, they brought back the two child actors (now adults) who played Ward's son (Erik Knudsen) and Bouchard's daughter (Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse). They were in relatively small roles and they've changed so much that very few people would have noticed if different actors had been hired ... but both are still actors, and this is Canada: they were brought in. Not important, but a nice touch.

Like the previous movie, the plot is a little over-the-top and the last half hour is ridiculously over-the-top action - and yet, Feore and Bouchard still have a decent comedic chemistry that brings a certain charm to the film. If you were a fan of the first film, you should definitely see this - but if you're not, pass it by.

If you haven't seen the original, you should definitely give it a try: it's more raw than this and has a LOT of problems, but it's damn funny.