Charlie's Angels II: Not exactly a Full Throttle

July 1, 2003, midnight | By Feza Kikaya | 19 years, 5 months ago

Charlie's beloved angels are back again for another adventure in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, the perfect summer flick jam-packed with kick-butt action, sexy felines, and lots of sensuality. However, even with the film's wittiness and fun moments, Full Throttle lacks the substance and meaning of its predecessor, Charlie's Angels.

Starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu, Full Throttle is about three beautiful, perfectly-figured females that use all means possible to recover two missing rings of significant value. These bands contain the identities of every individual in the Witness Protection Program. Working for their boss Charles Townsend (a.k.a. Charlie, voiced by John Forsythe), whom they have never seen but rather communicate with through a speaker box, the Angels use their creativity and beauty to their advantage, ranging from role-playing as policewomen (or policeman, in Diaz's case), to dirt-bike racing alongside fierce, competitive, strongly-built men. No matter what the task, the girls are able to work together and use their knowledge to outsmart the bad guys while having loads of fun.

The film begins in a bar in Northern Mongolia, where a U.S. government official is being held captive. The angels use their flirtatious ways to rescue the American and take him back to the States. Angel Dylan Sanders (Barrymore) challenges the men to a game of cards as Natalie Cook (Diaz) shows up in blonde pigtails sporting a Dutch outfit and acting girly to divert the men's attention. Meanwhile, third Angel Alex Munday (Liu) rescues the captive by way of her ability to twist into almost any form imaginable (she's a former a star gymnast). The Angels then jump out through a window, along with the official, and after being shot at while driving a huge truck which falls off a bridge, they fly away by jumping into (or holding onto, in Alex and Dylan's case) a helicopter, flown by Natalie.

Upon arriving back in the U.S., the Angels are informed by Charlie that several witnesses have been found dead because of possible connections with the missing HALO rings, and thus begin a quest to find the precious bands before they land into the wrong hands.

The Angels are also faced with a new danger when Seamus O'Grady (Justin Theroux), Dylan's ex-boyfriend from high school, is released from prison and seeks revenge on her and her friends because she testified against him decades before.

With the help of their new "Bosley," played by Bernie Mac, the Angels are able to discover leads into their case. For instance, when investigating the crime scene of one witness that was killed, Mac is disguised as the coroner while the Angels file into the house, and he keeps watch until they return. Mac's humor is also an addition to the film's light and simple plot.

Full Throttle also has returning actors like Thin Man (Crispin Glover), who the Angels realize is not a villain but rather an orphan that never speaks, Jason Gibbons (Matt LeBlanc), who pursues Alex despite her putting their relationship on a "timeout," and Pete (Luke Wilson), Natalie's boyfriend and recent roommate. The film also welcomes Disney Channel's Shia LeBouf as Max, a 15-year-old who is almost killed while dirt-bike racing but is saved by Thin Man, an acquaintance from his orphanage, and lives with Bosley's family until it is safe.

Towards the conclusion of the film, the angels make a shocking and painful discovery about the admired, former angel Madison Lee, played by Demi Moore, and it is up to them to retrieve the rings and save themselves and all around them.

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is filled with laugh-out-loud humor—thanks to Bosley—and is flickered with light moments. The Angels matrix-style combat doesn't limit their sense of style, as each outfit is as chique and sexy as possible, with Alex in leather, Natalie in low-rise pants and midriff-style tops, and Dylan in denim—with all three sporting what appear to be four-inch heels. Despite this, however, the film is weak in plot. The action is exaggerated to the point where it becomes cheesy. Just because jumping in the air and dodging bullets worked for Neo, doesn't mean the Angels should do that every single time. And even Neo never automatically recovered from every wound, as the Angels seem to do in the film.

Overall, this film is packed with tons of adventure and creativity, but is only pleasing to the eye, not the mind.

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle is rated PG-13 for violence, sensuality, and language/innuendo.

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