First off, there's the same menace of a cop named Sam Gerard, and his team is back, but instead of Harrison Ford or even a Richard Kimble, there's a new fugitive: a black man named Mark who has a secret last name, played by Wesley Snipes. I generally don't like it when a sequel has a whole main character, but would it've been realistic for Kimble to come back in after already being proven innocent and being chased by the same cop? I didn't think so. Anyway, after a big but not tragic New York City car crash, police find a gun in Mark's car and over some investigation, he's being accused of murder and is sentenced to jail. This may sound familiar except for one detail: he did do it, but in self-defence, but that's something police would only look into more after the escape. This guy also seems to have ties with South Korea.
Now, I don't like watching people get sent to prison in movies, even if the police are the good guys, but watching Sam Gerard disguised as a mascot chicken compensates. A new character introduced named John Royce, played by a beardless Robert Downey Jr., is now on Gerard's team and has a bit of history with this Mark. The movie may play out like The fugitive in more than a few ways, but instead of a train crash, there's a crash using a vehicle that rhymes with train, and it's more intense than the last one in every way, as is the first getaway-and-police-intercept scene, where someone gets shot, but the outcome isn't what you think.
This movie is full of energy so much, you may think its predecessor was tired. How they did the one escape scene I will never know.