Poor sequel takes us for a ride

Ride Along 2 with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. Photo: PA Photo/Paramount/Quantrell D. Colbert/Universal Pictures
Ride Along 2 with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. Photo: PA Photo/Paramount/Quantrell D. Colbert/Universal Pictures

The dim-witted cops and robbers caper Ride Along 2

lazily recycles the set-up of the original, moving the chaotic gun fights and male posturing to Miami.

The sun may be sizzling over the south-eastern coast, which is festooned with beach babes in skimpy bikinis and strutting studs in linen shirts, but there are dark clouds over every aspect of the sequel.

Tim Story directs at a lacklustre pace, which suggests he signed on with the returning cast purely for a pay cheque, while parallel romantic subplots beggar belief. The mismatched double act of Ice Cube and Kevin Hart fails to convince us that they could suffer an hour together without drawing weapons, let alone work effectively to bring down a major crime cartel.