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Action -Shoot-em Ups, Drama - Police

Bad Boys (1995)


Duration 1h 59m Rating (UK) 18
Source of story An original screenplay
Director Michael Bay
Writers/Script Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Doug Richardson (Story George Gallo)
Starring Tchéky Karyo, Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Joe Pantoliano, Michael Imperioli, Téa Leoni,

Elevator Pitch: After an ingenious heist of a cache of heroine from a police lock-up, a couple of under cover cops are set on the trail with a time limit on their investigation due to Internal Affairs involvement. Later one of the gang is murdered, the one witness a young woman is recovered to protective custody but circumstances require the detectives to impersonate each other, one a heck-pecked family man, the other a man about town. How will it all pan out?

Content: Apparently scantily clad women in the night club (my attention must have wandered), some drinking and intended drug taking. The very clever heist takes place. The guys drive about a lot in a Porsche 911 and in other vehicles, and almost constantly shout at each other, the Captain also shouts a lot. Julie, the witness, is a bit sexy in the company of Marcus, who is the married man while Mike gets on well with his temporary family. There is a lot of gunfire with all sorts of firearms, and some explosions.

A View: The change of identities seemed almost pointless and there were a number of plot holes. I was also irritated by the guys shouting at each other a lot, apparently because the director told them to ad lib because he did not like the script. However, Joe Pantoliano was terrific as the Captain. The scenes involving the cars were pretty good and I liked the inclusion of an AC Cobra in the finale. It was not liked much by the critics but made money, so if this review did not put you off, probably worth the cost of a download.

Additional Info: It was Michael Bay’s directorial debut. He lent the film his own 911, and paid $25,000 for the explosive finale. He had previously been a director of commericals and videos.

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