Yeah, I know that Paul Rudd was already sort-of famous by the year 2000. He had been in Clueless and starred in one of the shittier Halloween sequels, so I get it... he was “known”. But, he really didn’t have a brand yet. He was sort of “generic vanilla dude” who was just charming enough to make you go "I think I've seen that guy before", but not recognizable enough to make you say “Oh yeah, Paul Rudd! I like that guy”. He wasn’t yet the meat of his own entree, but rather an easily substitutable side item:
“Yes I’ll have the Pork Osso Bucco, but instead of the Paul Rudd can I get Tom Everett Scott on the side?”
“Excellent choice, madam!”
Even if you claim to be the biggest Paul Rudd fan in the quantum realm, I know one thing: you DID NOT see him in Gen X Cops 2: Metal Mayhem.
Also known as “Gen Y Cops”, this Hong Kong action flick is full of surprises. At all times it's a zany comedy, a cyberpunk thriller, a kung fu flick, a sci fi actioner about a dangerous robot, AND a buddy cop movie. With so much going on, it somehow manages to be a totally unmarketable mess and yet every movie you’ve ever wanted to see all rolled in to one. As far as sequels go, though, this flick is more anonymous than American Psycho 2. This movie is as whispered and forbidden as an actual fight club: you simply don’t talk about it. And that’s a damn shame, because Gen Y Cops is so fun I feel like every B-movie aficionado should enjoy it!
Gen-X Cops 2: Metal Mayhem is technically a sequel to the Jackie Chan-produced flick Gen-X Cops, which tries to be a sort of "Kung Fu Mod Squad". Jackie Chan already had very little to do with the original, and he has absolutely NOTHING to do with this sequel. And no, you do not need to see the first Gen-X Cops to understand what's happening here. You don't even need two brain cells to rub together to comprehend this nearly 2-hour action fest.
Basically, a super-hacker genius created the ultimate robot warrior for a big company that cut ties with him the instant the prototype was marketable. He hacks the robot and tries to steal it back from the company right when they're showing off the bot at a big battle robot conference. Paul Rudd is the FBI agent sent to Hong Kong, tasked with getting the robot back safely, but at every turn he's finding his full throttle approach to law enforcement undermined by the zany antics of the Gen-X cops. All you need to know is that whereas most of the cyberpunk flicks of this era were bleak visions of a post-apocalyptic future, Gen Y Cops is the polar opposite: it’s a perpetually buoyant, manic experience that alternates between delivering bang-bang action and eliciting giggles. A full page dedicated to this film is coming soon. I promise.