The comic chemistry of Martin Lawrence and Will Smith has to do a lot of heavy work in “Bad Boys for Life,” the third action movie of friends and police who introduces the couple as rebel Miami detectives. They do the job, delivering a slightly nice movie that the committed fans of the franchise will rate much more, but they have to hack many plots by numbers and indolent characterizations to get there.
The opening sequence shows Mike Lowrey of Will Smith at the wheel of a Porsche, accelerating furiously, while Marcus Burnett of Martin Lawrence screams loud enough to drown the engine. How 17 years have passed since “Bad Boys II”, one could smell a phrase of middle-aged man, and indeed, they are in a hurry to attend the birth of Marcus’s grandson. Marcus, therefore, would like to stop and smell the roses; Mike thinks that retirement is a bad word.
A vindictive murderer, son of a drug cartel matriarch on a mission, bloody the waters of his argument by shooting Mike. Six months later, a new division of Miami P.D., led by a former Mike lover, is baffling the ammunition that hit the detective. (AMMO is also the acronym for the new division of technology experts, Advanced Miami Metro Operations). Upon becoming rogue or rogue, Mike finds his origin, forms an alliance with the new children and, on the objections of the good captain Howard (Joe Pantoliano, here channeling a demonic hybrid of Joe Pesci and Rudolph Giuliani) climbs into the ring, with a Marcus very reticent follower.
The script by Chris Bremmer, Peter Craig and Joe Carnahan offers a dialogue between great hits from friends and police such as “The last one dies” “We had a deal”; “If it’s the cartel, she will have serious support”; and the sinister “One last time? One last time.” But Lawrence’s riffs almost always land.
They especially need it in the last quarter, when the film sets the bar for this year’s Dopiest Movie Plot Twist competition. It is a time destined to improve the character and increase emotional bets, and the film takes it seriously for a few minutes and 45 seconds before Lawrence’s character begins to take it seriously. This is how it should be. As for the action, directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (taking over from Michael Bay, who has a shy cameo as an MC wedding) explode very well, and they do it in a way that is often more buoyant than creepy .
Bad Boys for Life
Qualified R. Bad guys, what are you going to do? Duration: 2 hours 3 minutes.