There's some attempt at the action of a caper movie, as Nielsen, heading a squad of black-hooded men, captains jewelry store and bank robberies, counting off the seconds for each precision heist. But director Scott never lets us enjoy the planning and execution of these capers, the best part of the ritual. Pushed along by that damnable music, we're dropped into confused, panicky action, never quite sure what's supposed to happen--and before long, not caring.
It's hard to believe that the group who came up with the hard, clean edges of "Top Gun," sleek and unfeeling though it may have been, could make a picture as crude, as muddled, as destructo-Derbyish as this one. If "Beverly Hills Cop II" is its opening salvo, this is going to be a long, smoggy summer.
'BEVERLY HILLS COP II'
A Paramount Pictures release. Producers Don Simpson, Jerry Bruckheimer. Executive producers Robert D. Wachs, Richard Tienken. Director Tony Scott. Screenplay Larry Ferguson, Warren Skaaren. Story Eddie Murphy and Wachs, based on characters created by Danilo Bach and Daniel Petrie Jr. Camera Jeffrey L. Kimball. Production design Ken Davis. Editors Billy Weber, Chris Lebenzon, Michael Tronick. Musical score Harold Faltermeyer. Art director James J. Murakami, set decorator John Anderson. Sound William B. Kaplan. With Murphy, Judge Reinhold, Jurgen Prochnow, Ronny Cox, John Ashton, Brigitte Nielsen, Allen Garfield, Gil Hill.
Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes.
MPAA-rated: R (persons under 17 must be accompanied by parent or adult guardian).