Pleas­ing po­lice back with a bang

Se­quel thrusts Canuck law­men into com­edy-thriller that takes a few pokes at the U.S.A.

The Hamilton Spectator - - A&E - PETER HOW­ELL

Near the end of the first “Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2” movie, strait­laced OPP de­tec­tive Martin Ward tells his wild-man Sûreté du Québec coun­ter­part David Bouchard to let a flee­ing sus­pect run.

“All good things come to those who wait,” he shrewdly ad­vises, as a “KABOOM!” punc­tu­ates his thought.

This seems in hind­sight like prophecy, as the long-awaited se­quel “Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2” fi­nally ar­rives in the­atres, more than a decade af­ter the first film prof­itably proved that a Cana­dian movie — in both of­fi­cial lan­guages, no less — can draw big Cana­dian au­di­ences.

The se­quel, di­rected by Que­bec jour­ney­man Alain Des­rochers, may not be as vo­latile as the orig­i­nal en­counter be­tween Ward, played by Colm Fe­ore, and Bouchard, played by Pa­trick Huard (who also wrote the screen­play). But it’s a good thing well worth wait­ing for.

Rather than ig­nore the in­ter­ven­ing years, the film works them into a story that deep­ens char­ac­ter and fel­low­ship, while en­joy­ing a few laughs that are mainly at the ex­pense of our neigh­bours to the south.

Both law­men are greyer but they haven’t slowed much, as Bouchard demon­strates off the top when he heists a sporty Mus­tang from a chichi event and then leads its fu­ri­ous own­ers on a merry high­way chase.

He’s work­ing un­der­cover, in­fil­trat­ing a gang of Mon­treal auto thieves, who are part of an in­ter­na­tional crime ring led by a dude named Sylvio DiPi­etro (Noam Jenk­ins).

There’s more go­ing on here than meets the eye. The story will cross not just pro­vin­cial lim­its but also the Canada-U. S. bor­der, as a high­tech 21st-cen­tury ter­ror plot un­folds, mak­ing this com­edy also a thriller.

Ex­panded bound­aries ex­plain why Bouchard is soon re­united with his old fren­emy Ward, who is now with the RCMP. Ward seems to have also el­e­vated his gen­eral air of dis­dain to­ward his old spar­ring part­ner.

They’re still the prover­bial odd cou­ple: but­toned-down Ward prefers strict pro­ce­dure while the scruffy Bouchard chooses rough ex­pe­di­ency. But they’ve de­vel­oped a grudg­ing re­spect for each other that may even pass for friend­ship.

Their lives have got­ten more com­pli­cated, and more se­ri­ous. Ward, long di­vorced, is unhappily cop­ing with life is­sues that in­clude es­trange­ment from his adult son Jonathan (Erik Knud­sen). Bouchard, di­vorced in the first film, has hap­pily re­united with his wife Suzie (Lu­cie Lau­rier), but their daugh­ter Gabrielle (Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse) wor­ri­somely as­pires to be a cop.

The se­quel is at once more pol­ished and less so­phis­ti­cated than its pre­de­ces­sor. The char­ac­ters move ef­fort­lessly be­tween English and French, pro­fan­ity in­cluded, with­out mak­ing a big deal about it (there are sub­ti­tles).

The com­edy some­times strays into sit­com ter­ri­tory. Mon­treal standup comic Mar­i­ana Mazza plays an RCMP com­puter hacker named MC, who has that cliché movie skill to be able to tap into any com­puter any­where, or even an or­bit­ing satel­lite. But she’s a burst of fe­male en­ergy in a film and genre that des­per­ately needs it.

The cops across the bor­der in Maine are more Bar­ney Fife than Bar­ney Miller, at least un­til guns are drawn. They fig­ure Bouchard has to be Swedish be­cause they’ve ap­par­ently never met a Que­be­cer be­fore. But how many times have we seen a Hol­ly­wood movie mock­ing Cana­di­ans for be­ing hock­eylov­ing hosers who al­ways say “aboot” — and we don’t, eh?

Turn­about is fair play, and also makes for a movie that’s not just very good, but also trés bien. “Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2” is play­ing at Cine­plex Cin­e­mas An­caster and Sil­verCity Burling­ton.

EONE

Colm Fe­ore and Pa­trick Huard in “Bon Cop Bad Cop 2.”

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