Friday, May 12, 2023

‘Murder Mystery 2’ only a sub-par sequel

By Matt Pascarella

Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Nick and Audrey Spitz are back. They are now in the detective business full-time and it’s not going so great. When the two get invited to a billionaire’s wedding on an island, they witness a murder. In the process of solving the case, they become suspects and must clear their names on top of solving the case. Or will they be outsmarted? This Netflix original movie seemed to promise a lot and ended up falling short.

“Murder Mystery 2” stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Mark Strong, Melanie Laurent, Jodi Turner-Smith, John Kani, Kuhoo Verma, Adeel Akhtar, Enrique Arce and Dany Boon.

Nick (Sandler) and Audrey (Aniston) Spitz have solved some of the most high-profile murders of the century. They’ve quit their jobs to become full-time detectives ... and it’s not going great. They need to become officially licensed to increase their business.

When the couple gets invited to an all-expenses-paid wedding of The Maharajah (Akhtar) on an island, they decide a break would be good – but murder follows them.

During the ceremony, The Maharajah is kidnapped, and a man is killed. Nick and Audrey begin collecting clues. Of the 400 people at the ceremony, it’s a select few that are isolated as persons of interest, (Laurent, Turner-Smith, Verma, Arce and Villanueva).

Nick is sure the killer is on their trail. As the two are trying to piece together who the killer might be, each of the persons of interest knock on their door with information.

The kidnapper(s) sends them a message saying if they contact authorities, The Maharajah dies.

An MI6 hostage negotiator, Miller (Strong) arrives at the island and has heard of Nick and Audrey, but he is not impressed by them.

The kidnapper(s) calls again and demand $50 million. Nick and Audrey’s antics increase that ransom to $70 million.

Miller, Nick, and Audrey head to Paris to drop off the money and rescue The Maharajah, but things don’t go as planned. At this point there is some very cool action with several explosions.

Audrey begins to suspect Miller may be in on this.

Nick points out that two bad guys never works out because one always double-crosses the other – it’s a cliché of the genre.

When Delacroix (Boon) helps the couple track a license plate, he says they are now suspects because their prints are on the murder weapon.

Things go from bad to worse.

I feel conflicted about this movie. It is fun with great action, and some mildly funny lines, but I wanted this sequel to be funnier and it just wasn’t. I did like it, but I went in with expectations a little too high. If you liked the first “Murder Mystery,” I say watch this one. It starts a little slow but does pick up and Sandler and Aniston are a good pair. This is not a boring movie; it just wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be.

One dinosaur leather suitcase up.

Available on Netflix. <

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