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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Christopher Lloyd
Thomas F Wilson
Lea Thompson
Michael J Fox.
Directors
Robert Zemeckis.
Screenwriters
Running Time
104 minutes

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Back To The Future: Part II


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Plot
Taken from the moment the last film ended Marty is about to go for a drive with girlfriend, Jennifer, when Doc, his inventor buddy, turns up from the future with news that Marty's son is in trouble and needs him...


Review

Ending with a big tease sequence of highlights for Back To The Future Part III, this was always going to be the longest movie trailer in Hollywood history. The fact that Part II is now being released on video almost simultaneously with Part Ill's theatrical airing simply confirms this. Emphatically episode two of a three-part serial, this second instalment doesn't make much sense unless you're familiar with the plot of the original film, calling into question as it does all the personal histories so tidily resolved there. We begin in 1985 with
 
(Fox) just about to give his girlfriend Jennifer (Thompson) a spin in his new pick-up. Suddenly hyperactive inventor Doc (Lloyd) is on the scene with the DeLorean time machine warning that Marty's future son needs help in the year 2015. A zip forward into a world of aerial skate boards and self-fastening shoes has unexpectedly disastrous results when the old man version of Biff (Wilson, the bad guy from the first film) borrows the time machine and gives his younger 1955 self a 50-year sports almanac which enables him to bet his way to untold riches, bump off Marty's Pop and not only marry his mom but force her to have breast enlargement surgery. The radically different 1985 that Marty returns to has thus become an amoral, violent mess with the only solution being another trip back to1955 . . .

Directed and played with terrific verve, this moves so fast from one special effects set-piece to the next that there's no time at all to reflect on the basic ridiculousness of its Chinese box of a plot. At the same time there's also quite a strong undercurrent of bleakness. The shopping mall Consumerville of 2015 — all video screens, holograms and a middle-aged Marty being fired by his Japanese boss — is hardly enviable for all its hi-tech trimmings. 1955, however, is still a golden age of innocence where anything is possible and it's one of the film's slickest achievements that it manages to successfully bind an entirely new angle to the rock'n'roll finale of the original film without at all suggesting a mere rehash of the old material. Glossy, high-energy escapism, BTTF2 easily gets the job done, even if it does now tend to look more and more like an expedient bridge between two much bigger movies


Verdict
Not as good as 1 or 3 but solidly entertaining.


Reviewed by Tom Tunney

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Very good film !

A very Good film ! Must be in the top 20 ! ... More

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Posted by rdubroue at 22:34, 11 February 2013 | Report This Post


Saying this hasn't aged well is an understatement...

Maybe thats besides the point and this is another chunk of eighties nostalgia that Im outside of but try explaining that to anyone who cannot relate to such things. Back to the Future II is as Empire states solidly entertaining and picks up more as it goes along but its flaws are noticable. Its a shame that a smarter director would make links to the sequel in the first film 'prisoner of askaban' style for Marty's return to the fifties. Its close resemblance to the first film in structure makes ... More

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Posted by trainedasninja at 00:00, 02 June 2012 | Report This Post


I agree

I'ts different to the first one, but half way through it almost runs out of steam. ... More

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Posted by antosh25 at 11:29, 06 December 2011 | Report This Post


This one has never been my favorite of the lot but I do think that this one has the best screenplay of all three parts. The stories (or parts of them) of all three installments are wonderfully interwoven into one brilliant story and that has edited very expertly parts of the first film into it. Excellent! 8,5/10 ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 21:55, 25 August 2011 | Report This Post


What?!?!

There is a strong argument for this being the best, most inventive blockbuster sequel ever. It's an astonishing, groundbreaking piece of work, and the highlight of the trilogy. Empire, seriously, wipe that egg off your face and do us a retroactive review... no one will mind. ... More

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Posted by tdfproductions at 10:48, 29 September 2010 | Report This Post


Great sequel

Bad review, but i understand it. At first, i didn't liked it so much, too. But as have watched the trilogy 'billions' of times, i thought that the second part is very very good. It is darker in tone like the "Empire strikes back" or "The Temple of Doom", but still very fun, action packed and with great ideas. And it has the best ending of a sequel i have ever seen!!! Truly amazing and unbelievable!!! ... More

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Posted by kassios at 19:29, 28 September 2010 | Report This Post


tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096874/]Back To The Future: Part IIontinues exactly where part 1 left off. From the 3 parts I still think that the story of this one is the best of the lot. Geniously constructed, with cool hints to the other parts and fun jokes but it misses the originality and freshness of the first part. /b] ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 21:27, 18 July 2010 | Report This Post


Like wine and cheese

This film seems to improve with age. Every time I watch it, it gets better! One of the best sequels ever. ... More

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Posted by typewriter at 18:54, 15 July 2010 | Report This Post


solid film

It may have had 2 plots small put together but, the execution was good. First half: Trying to change marty's family's future. Second half: Trying to get the Allmanac from (I HATE MANURE) Biff. ... More

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Posted by spartan24 at 17:35, 21 March 2010 | Report This Post


Jack

A terrible review to one of cinemas most memorable sequels. ... More

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Posted by JackEwins at 23:26, 21 February 2010 | Report This Post


3 stars are you joking

This is the Empire Strikes back of the series. Dark, brooding, and providing emotional depth to the trilogy and setting the series up to be a classic. BTT3 was the fun cheesy wrap up. Poor Review Mr. TT, that second paragraph was shit.....this needs to be redone.... ... More

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Posted by Samurai7 at 11:53, 28 January 2010 | Report This Post


1 More Star Please!

BTTF2 was probably my favourite (Part 3's on TV tonight and I haven't seen it in a while so I might change my mind)! I love Bob's depiction of the future (though I don't think we'll have that kind of stuff in 6 years time!) and it was really amazing for its time!! It's also very funny when he's trying to get the almanac =)! 1 more star please!! ... More

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Posted by madcreator12 at 21:00, 23 December 2009 | Report This Post


Best sequel ever

I think this is the best of the triology I still wonde how they managed to make this so good and then follow it p with the trash that was part 3 ... More

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Posted by S1lent B0b at 14:12, 09 September 2009 | Report This Post


I enjoyed this but for me there wasn't enough stand out moments that the first one had. Still well worth a watch though. ... More

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Posted by PureAinmhi at 10:53, 29 April 2009 | Report This Post


cool movie

I too have always liked this one the best and i've always thought the third one was the weakest link. I think that this movie is so clever and i hate this review tom tunney! ... More

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Posted by jerkyjudas at 18:45, 31 March 2009 | Report This Post


cool movie

I too have always liked this one the best and i've always thought the third one was the weakest link. I think that this movie is so clever and i hate this review tom tunney! ... More

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Posted by jerkyjudas at 18:44, 31 March 2009 | Report This Post


Awful, awful review

With the 500 Best Movies list dredging this review up for all to see, I think Empire needs to make a public apology to Bob Zemekis... ;) ... More

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Posted by tdfproductions at 18:15, 26 September 2008 | Report This Post


3 stars!! No way..

This film had an almost uneviable job is trying to compete with a flawless first installment. I very much consider this an almost Empire Strikes Back of the triliogy in that it is brave enough to take the material to a slightly darker domain. Its inventive, exciting and (like ESB) is not afraid to end on the mother of all cliffhangers. Its also blends seamlessly into the first installment. The only duff note is the fact that Glover, for some reason known only to himself, decied to walk!! Pro... More

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Posted by Deacon Frost at 21:36, 02 July 2008 | Report This Post


pure entertainment

this trilogy comes in the limited edition of trilogys u would pay big money to never have seen before.part 2 is superb entertainment.simple as that.and i envy any one who has these 3 films to watch for the first time. ... More

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Posted by alonsomosley at 21:26, 01 November 2007 | Report This Post


Pure Madness!!

Still angry... ... More

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Posted by marty_mcfly84 at 13:34, 18 October 2007 | Report This Post


Madness!

Tom Tunney, you should take one very long look in a mirror then re-think your carreer. Everybody who i have ever spoken to about back to the future agrees bttf 3 is the weakest by far! giving bttf2 3 stars is just pure madness. The brilliance of the plot, revisiting the first but in a different perspective is just genius. I am actually so angry right now! how can this guy write for empire???????? ... More

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Posted by marty_mcfly84 at 13:30, 18 October 2007 | Report This Post


3 stars?????

the hell of a review is that? the 2nd is the most memorable of the entire trilogy! it is also just as well-made as the first (even though that one is the best because it is self-contained). that being said this is much better than a 3 star film and just as good as part III which goes in another direction altogether. i think the first film is a 5 star and the other 2 are both 4 star films. a 5 star trilogy though....agree with me? ... More

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Posted by claudemg at 02:49, 09 September 2007 | Report This Post


Back To The Future Part 2

Not many sequels match the originals, but this dam near beats it. Its darker, twisted, genius and so god dam underrated! The only thing it lacks from the original is Crispin Glover as Martys dad. Hoverboards, the Cafe 80s, Biff, Griff and Grampa Biff! Chris LLoyd and Mike J Fox on top form. Awesome. ... More

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Posted by zombiewarehouse at 20:20, 11 March 2007 | Report This Post


BTTF

Best trilogy ever? Given star Wars is six films now and Indys getting a fourth added on the answer is... YES!!!!!!!! ... More

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Posted by The Tom at 21:48, 29 January 2007 | Report This Post


only 3 stars!

This is my fav of them all, the most creative and funniest. Admittedly, the first one has more repeated viewing but the second has hover boards, and a more involving plot. Plus no film ive seen goes back into a previous film from another angle! genious! ... More

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Posted by ben29_99 at 14:37, 17 November 2006 | Report This Post


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