BAD BOYS FOR LIFE Review — Watcha Gonna Do?

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Bad Boys for Life review — Full of crater-sized plot holes and non-stop, over the top action.

Bad Boys for Life ReviewAfter 17 years, the original Bad Boys have returned: Martin Lawrence as Marcus and the age-proof Will Smith as Mike, extreme cops who never met a car chase or a knock down drag out they didn’t like.

This third chapter has a promising start: The bloody and brilliant prison break of a potential bruja (Kate del Castillo) who appears to have dark. otherworldly powers. That’s intriguing.

But where it spins from there is just plain annoying. Why aren’t authorities looking for this prominent woman as she attempts to rebuild her Miami crime empire, using her hunky, devoted and ruthless son Armando (Jacob Scipio) as a hitman out for the blood of all who she perceives did her family wrong?

That’s just one of numerous crater-sized plot holes in the film where we find Marcus finding religion at the birth of his first grandson (cheesy and insincere) and family-free Mike still rarin’ to knock heads and race around Miami in his souped up Porsche. There’s a ridiculous and unnecessary plot twist lurking in there that didn’t work in Smith’s last action film, and doesn’t work in this one either.

The action scenes, of course, are non-stop and over the top, as most movies produced by Jerry Bruckheimer tend to be these days. And while Michael Bay didn’t direct this one as he did the first two, his penchant for outrageous action has been carried on by relative newcomers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah from Morocco via Belgium. I will say this for them—they have a surprisingly firm grasp on the genre.

In essence, the two every guy heroes spend a lot run around taking a brutal licking and still creakily ticking, and cracking jokes while their lives literally hang in the balance. I can’t deny that fans of Transformers, Beverly Hills Cop, and/or the first two Bad Boys movies (notice the age-range span there), will probably enjoy this film.

Rated R

2 Hours 3 Minutes

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Bad Boys for Life review — They’re back and brawly as ever, but are they believable? I think not.

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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

1 Comment

  1. Avatar dick batra on February 22, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Totally agree on plot holes. Just curious what the other ones were, in your opinion?

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