Police Story 2 ★★½

Police Story 2 and Police Story 3: Supercop both suffer from similar problems: too much plot. For whatever reason — perhaps Chan thought this was a step in his evolution from a parochial kung-fu star to a major Hollywood-style action brand — both of these sequels trim away as much of Chan's special hand-to-hand combat as possible in favor of laborious plot machinations and generic action set-pieces with big explosions. Both movies, however, make up for this dispiriting deviation with spectacular finales.

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