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Bad Boys (DVD)
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Bad Boys (DVD)
Advantages: Action packed with great comedy
Disadvantages: none, unless you don't like Smith or Lawrence
Director: Michael Bay.
Producers: Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheiler.
Writers: Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland and Doug Richardson.
Stars: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Téa Leoni, Tchéky Karyo, Theresa Randle and Joe Panoliano.
A good entertaining and action packed movie needs a few raw ingredients to make it enjoyable and down right entertaining, such as a good, exciting plot, several great scenic shots, some sexy moves and a lot of witty one liners. But the main ingredient for a perfectly baked portion of Nouvelle cuisine is a couple of attention-grabbing main characters. If they instantly come across as obnoxious , dull and soon to be hated people, who the audience would not care whether they were ripped apart in the opening scenes, then even the finest ingredients from the shelves of Harrods wouldn't make this pudding worth eating.
Fortunately, this one has managed to take every little component to make this movie into what can be likened to a finely tuned engine, giving everything one needs for a great couple of hours of comical, fast paced, good guy versus bad guy motion picture.
And when you realise that Simpson and Bruckheimer had a hand in other hits such as Top Gun, Beverley Hills Cop, Armageddon, Pearl Harbour and The Rock, then you know you are in for a good time. (and for all you Skins fans Bruikheimer had a hand in that tv show too).
Released in 1995 by Columbia pictures this near two hour movie has been given an 18 certificate due some slightly graphic violent scenes.
** BRIEF PLOT..
Mike Lowry, (Smith) is a confident womanising police officer from Miami-Dade Police department, working with his married with three children, and less confident partner, Marcus Burnett (Lawrence).
There life suddenly changes when the drugs from a bust they were involved in are suddenly stolen from inside the station, leading to theories of an inside job, giving Lowry and Burnett days to find the culprits or face the closure of the drug unit.
During their investigations they realise that there's a connection between the crime and the murder of one of Lowry's ex-girlfriends, but there is a witness to the murder, Julie Mott, (played by Téa Leona). Unfortunately, she will only speak to Lowry, even though she has never met him, but when Burnett can't locate him he decides to become him in order to extract the truth from the frightened woman.
So with Lowry becoming Burnett and visa-versa the pair try to find the truth about the murders and the drug theft, but things don't go according to plan when they have to deal with a wife's jealousy and an angry French drug baron.
** IN CONCLUSION...
A cracking comedy action movie with the brilliant Smith joining forces with the equally talented comedian/actor who is Martin Lawrence, who does remind me of Eddie Murphy in many ways.
The pair seem to take this well written plot and completely make it there own, giving the audience a couple of new characters on the scene who they can almost relate too.
Smith plays Lowry as your typical confident, load mouth man of the world who enjoys his single life to the full, finding much satisfaction in his womanising ways.
Meanwhile, Lawrence's character, Burnett, is the complete opposite, being a happy family man who is totally committed to the one woman in his life.
So the idea to switch the characters life style works brilliantly, with Burnett becoming the womaniser, albeit stuttering along like my old Vauxhall Vectra driving up hill and as much confidence as cornered pigeon, then turning Smith into the role of the happy family man, although his roving eye does tend to give his game away a little.
In fact, the entire cast, being as small as it is, do a fantastic job keeping the story flowing nicely, with the romantic element adding that little bit extra to round the story off with some credibility.
As for the plot itself, well it isn't anything new...think Lethal Weapon meets Miami Vice and you have the idea... it is your standard good guy-bad guy shoot-em up with car chases, high jumping aerobics, (well choreographed may I add) and the usual romantic involvement. But this one has that little twist of characteristic swapping sewn into the hem, giving the plot some comical interventions... and with the comedians involved you know you'll be amused throughout the near two hours it is on the screen.
In all, a fine entertaining movie and well worth watching for the comedy value alone, so adding the good story line and the brilliant characters you can't go wrong.
And you know you'll be humming the theme tune after you watch this... the words 'watcha gunna doo..?... bad boys bad boys'... running through your mind
If you want to get a copy of this then they do it for less than a fiver on amazon and for that you get a few extras such as...A few music videos, picture galleries, documentary and your usual subtitles.
If anyone IS interested about the soundtrack for this movie then you can get this from amazon for around a fiver.
The tracks being mainly hip-hop and R&B are...
1-Shy Guy - Diana King
2- So Many Ways (Bad Boys Version) - Warren G
3- Five O, Five O (Here They Come) - 69 Boyz featuring K-Mont
4- Boom Boom Boom - Juster
5- Me Against the World - 2Pac
6- Someone to Love - Jon B. featuring Babyface
7- I've Got a Little Something for You - MN8
8- Never Find Someone Like You - Keith Martin
9- Call the Police - Ini Kamoze
10- B Side - Da Brat featuring The Notorious B.I.G.
11- Work Me Slow - Xscape
12- Clouds of Smoke - Call O' Da Wild featuring WaynO of the E.Bros
13- Juke Joint Jezebel - KMFDM
14- Bad Boys' Reply - Inner Circle featuring TEK
15- Theme from Bad Boys - Mark Mancina
Summary: 'What choo gunna do?' after watching this....sing bad boys, bad boys