The French Connection II Reviews
Some of the simpler moments work best, like eating - they share a chocolate bar, he gets ice cream; it's never so sweet as a child would enjoy, it's embittered with this rivalry between Doyle and Barthelemy. Doyle's drunken carousing is sweet at first with various sports references, but it severely drags to nowhere.
It definitely plays on the excitement of: how are they going to get Charnier? The suspense leading up to the boat and warehouse raids are wonderful, but Doyle chasing Charnier is anticlimactic, as is it's finish. It's satisfying to see Charnier done in, but it proves this film had little to play off of; it's only note was this plot point of catching the bad guy from the first film. It feels like a postscript of the first film rather than needing to exist for any other reason.
Hackman goes to Marseille in search of the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York. Exciting opening and riveting final chase are separated by long, agonizing drug addiction sequences that bring the whole film down.