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Backdraft 2

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Unnecessary, nonsensical sequel has violence, language.

Movie R 2019 101 minutes
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Most of this sequel feels like a bad SNL parody about the clichéd lawman with a chip on his shoulder who The Department only puts up with because he's the best there is. The parody factor may constitute its only possible appeal to teens old enough to watch. Plot and characters are all generic, as if created from a make-a-movie template based on the study of the dramatic arc of actual good movies. Much of this is nearly incomprehensible, with Sean pursuing a missing missile prototype because of its role in some arsons. It's all one big excuse for Sean to busily investigate something or other, leaving us totally uninvested in the outcome, the characters, and most of all, Sean.

Far more interesting are the sound of such fire-related terms as "benzyl nitrate," "accelerants," "celluloid," "mercury," and, hey, by the way, what's a "frustration box"? There's the formulaic love interest, a character left utterly undeveloped (a loss for both the audience and the poor actor who had to play her). Stick with the original movie and skip Backdraft 2.

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