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F/X2 (1991)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller | 10 May 1991 (USA)
A special effects man helps his girlfriend's ex, a cop, with a sting operation, where the ex gets killed. Something's off and he investigates with help from an ex-cop PI friend.

Director:

Richard Franklin

Writers:

Robert T. Megginson (characters), Gregory Fleeman (characters) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Brown ... Rollie Tyler
Brian Dennehy ... Leo McCarthy
Rachel Ticotin ... Kim Brandon
Joanna Gleason ... Liz Kennedy
Philip Bosco ... Ray Silak
Kevin J. O'Connor ... Matt Neely
Tom Mason ... Mike Brandon
Dominic Zamprogna ... Chris Brandon
Jossie DeGuzman Jossie DeGuzman ... Velez
John Walsh ... Rado
Peter Boretski ... Becker
Lisa Fallon Lisa Fallon ... Kylie
Lee Broker Lee Broker ... DeMarco
Philip Akin Philip Akin ... Det. McQuay
Tony De Santis ... Det. Santoni (as Tony de Santis)
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Storyline

F/X man Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) is now a toy maker. Mike Brandon (Tom Mason), the ex-husband of Rolly's girlfriend Kim(Rachel Ticotin), is a cop. He asks Rollie to help catch a killer. The operation goes well until some unknown man kills both the killer and Mike.Mike's boss, Ray Silak (Philip Bosco) says it was the killer who killed Mike but Rollie knows it wasn't. Silak is involved with Mike's death, so he calls on Leo McCarthy (Brian Dennehy), the cop from the last movie, who is now a P.I., for help and they discover it's not just Silak they have to worry about. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

Outgunned by the mob, outmanned by the cops..... their effects had _better_ be special!

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

FX2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,455,058, 12 May 1991

Gross USA:

$21,082,165

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,082,165
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy and Jossie DeGuzman are the only actors to reprise their roles from the original film. See more »

Goofs

When Rollie calls Chris in N.J. he only dials seven numbers. He would have to dial long distance, which would entail dialing 11 digits. See more »

Quotes

Leo McCarthy: The words "double cross" definitely come to my mind.
Lt. Ray Silak, NYPD: The word "dead man" comes to my mind.
Leo McCarthy: That's two words.
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Crazy Credits

Shot of helicopter flying and exclamations of non-pilot crook trying to keep it in the air. See more »

Alternate Versions

The scene in which Tyler converts an aerosol can into a "grenade" was cut by the New Zealand censors on the grounds that it might inspire real-life incidents of "copycat" behaviour. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Indestructible Man (1992) See more »

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To do a satisfying follow-up to a film, you must start by understanding it

This is another of the countless sequels where it is evident that those who made it simply did not "get" what made the movie special. The tactical use of FX is still there, to an extent, but they try so hard to outdo the original, and it just winds up as a series of gags, most of them seeming like far more effort than they're worth, which is a backwards version of the minimalistic and incredibly effective use in #1. They're not that creative or entertaining this time around. Tyler now works as a toy-maker, although the only example of his craft that we see is a man-size sorta-robotic clown-doll, with the words "I will be extremely convenient" written all over it. He is yet again asked to help with his skills, and after initially declining, and... nothing else happening, he says "why not"(literally), since otherwise, there'd be no flick(and boy, that would be a shame). Dennehy returns, and is good as he always is, and frankly, his answering machine is probably the funniest bit in this entire thing. The humor is about decent. This has a bigger, complex plot. The cinematography and editing are average. Action is pretty nicely done. This does have suspense, however, the entire thing is nowhere near as engaging or thrilling. The director has only done one other thing that I'd even heard of at all, Psycho II, and that single fact sums it up so perfectly(though that one was considerably worse), I almost don't want to add anything to it. All I'll say is the following: They are both completely unnecessary 2nd entries in a series that never demanded such, and the true fans of either franchise ought to realize that they are ultimately not up to the quality level. I think it says a lot that I re-watched both this and the first after several years, and while I was recognizing almost everything about the latter as I saw it, I had nearly forgotten the content of this one. The DVD holds a theatrical trailer, potentially spoiler-filled. I recommend this only to those who want something like what they got before, and don't mind settling, trading down. 6/10


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