Since the original "Charlie's Angels" movie made nearly $260 million
worldwide, a sequel was inevitable and its trio of playful, sexy, butt-kicking
stars are back - Drew Barrymore as Dylan, Cameron Diaz as Natalie and Lucy Liu
as Alex - along with director McG.
This time, the Angels' boss, Charlie (voiced by John Forsythe), asks them
to retrieve a pair of titanium rings encoded with the new identities of
everyone in the Federal Witness Protection Program. Dylan's in particular danger
since a killer ex-boyfriend (Justin Theroux) is after her. And there's a
former-now-fallen Angel, villainous Madison Lee (sleek, sensational Demi Moore)
with her own agenda. Basically, the Angels are heavily into having a good time,
changing costumes with almost every scene and revealing as much skin as possible
within a PG-13 rating.
While the publicity makes much ado about the buffed Angels performing
their own stunts, if you look closely at the wirework, you'll realize there are
lots of quick cuts and close-ups, augmented by the cacophonous noise, blaring
soundtrack and "Matrix" bullet-time motion. McG's hyperkinetic music video
background must have come in handy with the editing.
Bill Murray's gone, replaced by Bernie Mac as his brother Bosley - and for
more Y-chromosomes, there's Crispin Glover as the silent Thin Man, Brazil's
Rodrigo Santoro as an assassin, John Cleese as Alex's father, Matt LeBlanc as
Alex's boyfriend and Luke Wilson as Natalie's live-in lover. In cameos, Bruce
Willis pops up as a federal agent and Jaclyn Smith as Kelly Garrett, an original
1970's TV angel. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Charlie's Angels: Full
Throttle" is a fresh, fun-filled, frenetic 7, propelled by action if not acumen.
Copyright © 2003 Susan Granger