Sunday, February 15, 2015

F/X2 (1991)

I was going through my Netflix queue when I noticed that FX 2 was no longer going to be available streaming.  I had wanted to watch it, but not desperately enough to get it on DVD.  Since I had a few hours to spare, I decided to watch it.  For those that don’t know, it’s a sequel to 1986’s F/X.  Having been made in 1991, it’s a similarly dated movie, even if it does have one or two neat-looking gadgets.  (And yes, you might want to watch the first movie before seeing this one.)

The movie is set several years after F/X.  Rollie Tyler is no longer in the special-effects business, but not for lack of demand.  After the events of the first movie, Rollie is just as happy to design toys for a living.  He has a girlfriend, Kim.  Kim has a child from a previous marriage.

Mike, her ex, is a police officer who wants Rollie’s help catching a bad guy.  Rollie’s experience with visual trickery could help catch the guy in the act.  Rollie reluctantly agrees.  He knows that nothing is that simple, but Mike knows which buttons to push.  The sting does go south and it’s up to Rollie to figure out how and why.

As with the first movie, much of what I just said takes place in the first twenty or thirty minutes.  Much of the action is Rollie trying to catch the bad guys.  As with many sequels, this is fairly similar to the first.  Rollie wants to find out what really happened.  There is also a danger to Kin and her son.  If he doesn’t do something, any one of them could be next.

If you liked the first movie, you could probably enjoy this one.  It’s fun watching everything unfold.  Much of the movie is seeing what Rollie has up his sleeve.  We get to see Bluey, which is basically a large puppet that’s operated through telemetry.  (Someone else puts on a suit to make the puppet move.)  You know that’s going to come in useful at some point.  And, of course, there’s the fancy fish tank which may or may not make it to the end of the movie in one piece.

I’m not sure that I’d buy the movie separately, but there does appear to be a two-pack and I was able to get it streaming, although I think that’s going to be gone from Netflix by the time I post this review.  This isn’t to say it won’t come back or that it isn’t available elsewhere.  Netflix should also still have the title on DVD.  If  you can get it streaming or rent it from Netflix, go for it.

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