The saving grace of “Homicide Thriller 2” is that Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler have a renewed sense of allure, bouncing agreeably off one another as a married couple struggling to revive the distinctive magic they discovered of their first journey. The plot particulars relating to who their characters truly are in the true world — she’s an ex-hairdresser, and he is an ex-cop, which you absolutely bear in mind effectively — are largely inappropriate. The essential thought of Aniston and Sandler having a mildly henpecked union, having high-volume arguments which might be partially shrugged off as simply being how New Yorkers speak, involves life with their chemistry. Although their banter is much from Nick and Nora Charles in “The Skinny Man,” there are sufficient good chuckles between how Aniston and Sandler play off one another to make the shouting tolerable. (There may be various it.)
The thriller itself virtually appears superfluous. Other than Akhtar and fellow returning forged member John Kani, there is a slew of potential suspects from a famed ex-soccer participant with a protracted line of paramours (Enrique Arce) to a spurned ex (Jodie Turner-Smith) and even a shrewd fellow negotiator performed by Mark Robust who appears superhumanly able to displaying Nick up and proving his value to Audrey. But for as a lot head-scratching is finished relating to who might or might not have killed and kidnaped whom, the eventual reveal manages to each really feel fairly apparent (at the least when it comes to which forged member or forged members could also be concerned) and never terribly enthusiastic about being super-logical.
However once more, it’s laborious to think about watching a film like “Homicide Thriller 2” with the identical eagle eye that you could be carry to the tales of Benoit Blanc. Vanderbilt — whose profession consists of not simply the primary “Homicide Thriller” but additionally the sensible David Fincher movie “Zodiac” — just lately co-wrote “Scream VI,” one other movie with a thriller at its core that does not make a substantial amount of sense should you cease and give it some thought for various seconds. Right here, at the least, the explanation why the homicide is much less compelling are as a result of so many Completely happy Madison productions are laid-back and breezy. And “Homicide Thriller 2” very a lot is each of these issues, hardly ever rising above the comedian stage of chuckle-worthy. (The exception is a cameo from Jillian Bell, which is each very intelligent and delightfully sudden.) “Homicide Thriller 2” matches in effectively with the everyday Netflix choices: it is the kind of movie that you could possibly mentally try of for a couple of minutes with out lacking an important deal, and it is over earlier than you already know it. Like its predecessor and so many different Netflix movies, “Homicide Thriller 2” is ok and completely content material with being simply that.
/Movie Score: 6 out of 10