Not as resoundingly gorgeous on a frame-by-frame basis as the original (although it's still pretty gorgeous), but feels more overtly noir-ish than the original which is always something I wished of it. As far as totally unnecessary sequels go, I think this one gets a pass.
Not without it's problem, but the traffic accident stunt piece opener is vastly superior to the original's plane crash. Not only does it introduce a little variety (instead of one large explosion killing everyone at once), but it creates an interesting starting point to circle back to and draws together otherwise disparate individuals... until the crappy plotline of everyone being connected starts coming together bogging us all down with details nobody really needed.
The deaths seemed less silly to me,…