Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which… oh, you know the drill by now! I’m about to watch and comment on a movie I’ve never viewed before.

The rules are as follows:

  • The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
  • The film must be a movie I’ve not watched previously

Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…

Another 48 Hours (1990)

Hopefully you’ve been following along with this ongoing series of blog posts – but if you haven’t, since I started It’s A Stampede! I’ve been watching a bunch of ’90s movies of varying quality. Titles have included FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)Body of Evidence (1993)Turbulence (1997) and Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993), amongst others.

Today is the turn of Another 48 Hours, the sequel to the 1982 movie, 48 Hours. A movie I have also never seen before.

Yep, I’m going to watch the follow-up to a movie I’ve not seen and know very little about. All I know is that Eddie Murphy & Nick Nolte are the stars and at least one of them is playing a cop.

*Clicks the play button*

1min – I’m presuming 48 Hours was a big hit when it was released, hence the sequel. If not, why the heck was this movie made?

6mins – A couple of cops are about to get into a bar brawl with some criminals. This won’t end well.

7mins – OH! The cops have just been blown away. Told you it wouldn’t end well. I bet they were both one day away from retirement.

8mins 30secs – Enter: Nick Nolte – a cop with a gun and a gruff-sounding voice.

13mins – Enter: Eddie Murphy – a convict with a mouth and a short temper.

14mins 30secs – Getting a little bit of exposition here, which kind of gives me hints of what may (or may not) have happened in 48 Hours. I presume that in the original movie Nolte and Murphy teamed up to solve a crime. As Murphy is a convict I’m guessing he was given a window of 48 hours leave from prison in order to work with Nolte. Am I right?

20mins – So far, with the exception of a little outburst earlier, Murphy seems very subdued in this movie. Why put Eddie Murphy in a movie and not have him being all Eddie Murphy?!

23mins 30secs – I’m really enjoying the music in this picture. The late, great James Horner wrote the score for this film and it’s excellent. It is reminiscent of Horner’s score for Commando. I BLOODY LOVE COMMANDO!

25mins 30secs – Nolte has just been shot. Repeatedly! Has he just been killed off?

30mins – Nah, Nolte is fine. I’m not sure how he managed to shake off being shot in the chest three times, but hey ho, he’s clearly indestructible.

35mins – Murphy is starting to unleash his inner… er… Murphy. About time!

42mins – Nolte and Murphy are in a car, which they are driving (at considerable pace) down the road. They are also partaking in a conversation. I swear down, neither of them has looked at the road once within the last couple of minutes! How they’re managing to avoid traffic/people/certain death is beyond me.

49mins 30secs – “Alright, knock this shit off. I have been having a very bad day. Just got out of jail this morning, already I’ve been shot at, I was on the bus that flipped over 17 times, bitch tried to stab me in the bathroom and somebody blew up my Porsche. I’m in a bad, god damn mood.”

55mins – I’m almost an hour into this movie and while I don’t have a huge problem with it, I can’t say I’m into it either. I could stop watching right now and not be bothered in the slightest about seeing how it ends.

55mins 30secs – I’m also not feeling the chemistry between Nolte and Murphy. Did they have great chemistry in the original movie?

1hr – Insert scenes of action/gunfire. *Yawn*

1hr 13mins – There seems to be a lot of random acts of violence in this movie. Almost as if there’s a worry that if there isn’t action/violence every 15 minutes the audience will nod off.

1hr 16mins – *Checks time* Jeez, there’s about 15 minutes left in this film and I don’t feel like much has happened. Where’s the story?

1hr 16mins 30secs – Nick Nolte is staring at a pen with a picture of a lady on it. It’s one of those pens that when you turn the pen upside down the lady’s clothes fall off. This pen pretty much sums up this movie. You sit patiently waiting for something exciting to happen, but when it does finally happen it all feels anticlimactic and kind of pervy.

1hr 22mins – I’m now into the big finale….

1hr 23mins – Well, I say ‘big finale’ – this is really just another shoot out. I only know it’s the finale because there’s only seven minutes left on the running time, so this has to be the end!

1hr 26mins – I’ve just realised I’ve not explained what has happened in this movie. To be honest, I’m not even sure I know! Er… Nolte and Murphy teamed up again (for some reason), there was a fair bit of shooting, the bad guys lost, the good guys won… that’s about it. The end.

1hr 27mins – This is the end, right? I really hope so.

*Clicks stop*

Another 48 Hours reminds me of the sort of movie that would crop up on a Saturday night on ITV during the ’90s – and it probably did. A movie that wasn’t an ‘event’, but rather 90 minutes of background noise that filled in some time before going to bed.

Watchable, but kind of boring.

Yeah, I don’t ever feel the need to watch 48 Hours now.

OK, so that’s 71 movies in the bag – just 19 to go!

Next time on 90 from the ’90s I’m watching an animated feature about an animal. Can you guess what it is?