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Friday, July 4, 2014

Movie Review - 22 Jump Street

People do not usually expect sequels to be as good, or even, better than their predecessors, the recent  3-hour Transformers: Age of Extinction is a good example. I didn't mean that it was totally bad, but compared to other installments, it felt like a repetitive fan-service with vehicles transforming into kick-ass-looking killer-machines. Nothing else. Now, 22 Jump Street was totally unexpected. 

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Nomsaurus gave 22 Jump Street

This review may contain SPOILERS.

If you have seen its predecessor, which has an inevitable name of 21 Jump Street, be prepared to get entertained once more with their non-stop laughter, adult-rated language, and on-screen bromance action by Schmidt (played by Jonah Hill) and Jenko (played by Channing Tatum).

At the start, the directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, decided to give the audience a re-cap on 21 Jump Street, which is in my honest opinion, unnecessary. The reason is that, 22 Jump Street is all about the same that happened previously, with the same, recycled plot - Schmidt and Jenko, were assigned by their in-charged Captain Dickson (played by Ice Cube) to infiltrate a school and put up a secret investigation, but this time round on a new synthetic drug called "whyphy". 

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Despite that, the movie was not at all tedious nor monotonous. The jokes were very well-executed: humorous, fast-paced without it being tiresome. There were certain stereotypes that every undergraduate could well relate to, for example, the famous sport star in the school rugby's team, or the art major student who gathers every fortnight to sip on wine while admiring abstract pieces. Nevertheless, the comedy-duo had this awesome tandem and bromance chemistry going on around them, well, not exactly at every single point of the movie, but it all worked out eventually. What's bros for, right?

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All in all, 22 Jump Street would make a perfect movie for a bro's chill-out night. I wouldn't want to burst your expectation bubble, but.. there might not be another sequel for 22 Jump Street. Don't ask why, check out the credit scenes and you will know.

22 Jump Street is currently ON-SCREEN.
This movie is rated M18 in Singapore.