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Lightning McQueen (voice by Owen Wilson), Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Sally (Bonnie Hunt), and the rest of the gang from Radiator Springs return to the screen in this sequel to Pixar's Cars (2006). But instead of evoking a nostalgic vision of Route 66 through the American Southwest, director John Lasseter and his artists spoof James Bond films in a fast-paced adventure that mixes espionage and road racing. After a successful season on the track, Lightning is looking forward to some rest at home, but Mater gets him involved in an elaborate three-part international race sponsored by Sir Miles Axlerod (Eddie Izzard) to promote his new synthetic auto fuel. While serving on Lightning's pit crew, Mater inadvertently gets mixed up with two British secret agent cars, Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer), who are investigating a plot to sabotage the race. Myriad complications ensue before Lightning and Mater get back to the (relative) peace of Radiator Springs.
There seems to be a love/hate relationship going on between movie goers and "Cars 2" the movie. Some loved it while others just did like like it at all. But I can see why people would think on both sides, for one thing the film is a take on "James Bond" so there's lots of action, gadgets and fun and on the other hand this one doesn't contain the same emotions the first one did so it's easy for some not to connect to the film or bond with it like they did with the first one.
With all the differences aside I would have to say if taken for what it is "Cars 2" is a fun and thrilling ride that is about as entertaining as any "Bond" movie I have seen.
To be honest the film is not as good as the first but sequels of any kind rarely are, this is a fun film but it just doesn't have the attachment the first film had. The first Cars film was written and directed by someone who has many credits to his name, why they picked a writer/director who has only done a short film in the past is confusing and it's the main reason the story went so far off track from the original.
With all that said I still enjoyed the film, just not as much as I had hoped to considering how awesome the first one was. If you're a fan of the first one or just enjoy anything Pixar then I highly recommend picking this one up.
You can buy "Cars 2" three different ways, as a Single DVD, a Two-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging or a Five-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy
They all come jam-packed with Special Features that include:
Nuts and Bolts: A Sneak Peek of Cars Land
World Tour – Interactive Map
Set Explorations from the Different Cities in the Movie And More!
You can order the packaging of your choice HERE.
Released by Disney Pixar
*** 1/4 Out Of *****