Mad Mission 2 (1983)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Parody/Spoof, Police Comedy  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Donald Guarisco

The second film in the Aces Go Places series subscribes to the credo "bigger is better" and actually manages to deliver on both counts. Since the relationship between its cop and crook heroes has been established in the first film, Aces Go Places 2 is free to concentrate on perfecting its mix of stunts and slapstick. Like most of the other Aces Go Places films, the story connecting all the acts of mayhem is pretty thin, but the preponderance of action and the comedic chemistry of Sam Hui and Karl Maka hold it together. Director Eric Tsang keeps the well-calibrated combination of gags and action rolling at a lightning-fast pace and, more importantly, manages to make both elements equally effective: a multi-person brawl that destroys a posh restaurant is a slapstick set piece worthy of the Pink Panther films, and a memorable chase finale combines car stunts, guided missiles, time bombs, and a jet pack into one surreal but exciting set piece. To sum up, Aces Go Places 2 isn't for viewers in search of a strong story or sophisticated humor, but it delivers the wacked-out goods necessary to please cult film enthusiasts.