The nineties buddy returns for a third episode of melodrama, prank and bullets. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence remain sympathetic Bad boys for life, The film is much more serious than previous episodes. Her mantra “ride together, die together” meets harder than the prequels staged by Michael Bay. Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah give action melee a darker tone. You are more successful than not. Bad boys for life is hugged by fans of the franchise. Random viewers get tired of the Schtick, but feel a lot of explosions and chases.
Bad boys for life Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) celebrate two milestones. Twenty-five years together with the police and the birth of Marcus’ grandson. The joyous events bring the family of police officers, led by Captain Howard (Joe Pantoliano) and a new detective crew (Paola Núñez, Vanessa Hudgens), to celebrate. The night is shaken by a tragedy. A long smoldering enemy is back to take revenge.
A devilish villain (Kate del Castillo) has escaped from prison in Mexico. She sends her ruthless son (Jacob Scipio) on a deadly mission. Take back your cartel and make an example from Mike Lowrey. While the Miami Police Department is ravaged by the wild attacks, Mike and Marcus face a new truth. Marcus wants to retire. He is done with danger and violence. Mike is looking for blood. The long-term partners are tested like never before, but have always come back.
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Bad boys for life Tears up a body count. The good guys and the bad guys are equally in the line of fire. The higher stake leads to a settlement for our heroes. Is it really worth dying for the cause? The script, which was co-written by action guru Joe Carnahan (Narc, The A-Team), wants to have consequences for the gun game. The stronger tone works at first, but is drawn into a juicy melodrama. I give credit to El Arbi and Fallah (snowfall) for wanting a fleshier conspiracy. It just had to be more concise and effective.
There’s a whole lot of fan service in there Bad boys for life, Classic scenes and characters from the first two films are brought back to different degrees. Some of it is smart and fun, but most of the nostalgia feels like an infusion. Seventeen years have passed since the last film. There is no need to constantly revise the fountain.
Bad boys for life has several twists that can be seen from a mile away. The obvious revelations are mitigated by the chemistry of the derivatives. At this point in their careers, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence were like an old couple. They find themselves in a bickering groove that produces the most laughs. The almost slapstick gimmicks are particularly in demand in the heavier plot. Your game gets annoying, but the laughter continues as the plot begins to drag.
At a basic level, Bad boys for life must be considered an action film. El Arbi and Fallah are not breaking new ground, but have enough heart-pounding sequences to be entertaining. Michael Bay poured it like a fire department. He lost sight of the character development. This third episode offers a mistake to older, more experienced protagonists. They don’t blow up as much stuff, but they still cook with gasoline. Action junkies will find a decent solution.
Bad boys for life is both the end of an era and the beginning of something new. Stick to the credits to see where the franchise goes next. I have a feeling that it won’t be nearly twenty years before the sequel comes. Bad boys for life is a production of Don Simpson / Jerry Bruckeimer films, Overbrook Entertainment and Columbia Pictures, distributed by Sony.
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