Bait (2000)



Critic Consensus: Even though Jamie Foxx shines in Bait, the movie suffers from music video roots and a formulaic script that strains credibility.

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In this action comedy, a crook trying to go straight finds himself lured back to crime by the police, without his even knowing it. When master criminals Jasper (Robert Pastorelli) and Bristol (Doug Hutchison) pull a heist that nets $40 million in gold but leaves behind several dead policemen, detective Edgar Clenteen (David Morse) pulls out all the stops to put the thief behind bars. Jasper is jailed and ends up sharing a cell with Alvin Sanders (Jamie Foxx), a habitual small-time criminal who was brought in after a bungled robbery of a seafood wholesaler. Jasper, who has a weak heart, suffers a heart attack in jail, and as he dies, he gives Alvin a message to pass along to his wife. Eager to track down Bristol, who still has the gold, Clenteen has Alvin secretly implanted with an experimental tracking device, and then lets him go free, while spreading the word on the street that Jasper told him where the gold was stashed shortly before his death. While Alvin makes an effort to start his life over and get a straight job, Clenteen and his staff are electronically following his every move, waiting for Bristol and his associates to track him down. Bait was directed by Antoine Fuqua, whose previous credit was the stylish crime thriller The Replacement Killers.
R (for language, violence and a scene of sexuality)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Jamie Foxx
as Alvin Sanders
David Morse
as Edgar Clenteen
Doug Hutchison
as Bristol
David Paymer
as Agent Wooly
Mike Epps
as Stevie Sanders
Kirk Acevedo
as Ramundo
Nestor Serrano
as Agent Boyle
Megan Dodds
as Agent Walsh
Tia Texada
as Tika
Neil Crone
as Supervisor
Jason Jones
as Guard
Bill Lynn
as Night Watchman
Al Cerullo
as Helicopter Pilot
Glyn Thomas
as Chem-Tech Agent
Glynn Thomas
as Chem-Tech Agent
Don Allison
as Senator
Paul Miller
as Dr. Harris
Gouchy Boy
as Convict
Norman Spencer
as Bound Guard
Arnold Pinnock
as convict
Cle Bennet
as Convict
Shawn Lawrence
as Warden Clay
Lee Rumohr
as Bound Guard
Norm Spencer
as Bound Guard
Tom Cappadona
as Cab Driver
Jonathan Hadary
as Cafe Owner
Clé Bennett
as Convict
William Richards
as Helicopter Pilot
Stan Coles
as General
Larry Block
as Customer
Billy Otis
as Odd Inmate
Navaco Bernice Downey
as Girl In Club
Grouchy Boy
as Convict
John H.M. Berger
as Medical Examiner
Dr. John Jay Harper
as Running Man
Dylan Bierk
as Police Photographer
Bruce Beaton
as Agent With Coffee
Ron Kennell
as Mobile Agent
Conrad Bergschneider
as Mobile Agent
Ron Bell
as Trucker
Lorraine McNeil
as Woman Looking In Car Window
Joanna Polley
as Rhonda Glimsher
Dave Tomassini
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Bait

All Critics (82) | Top Critics (24)

It's just respectable trash, and a dress rehearsal for better things ahead.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Fuqua draws from so many disparate genres to energize the film that fusion gives way to confusion.

December 31, 1999
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

If you want a conflicted movie that doesn't know what it is -- or just wish to kill a few hours -- this is for you. Otherwise, keep fishing and cut Bait.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Dallas Morning News
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Fuqua has enveloped the luckless Jamie Foxx ... in a stylishly inept mess of a movie; a film as badly flawed in concept as it is incoherent in execution.

December 31, 1999
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Blending comedy and action is a formula that works when both elements are strong, as in, say, Beverly Hills Cop or 48 Hours. In Bait, this isn't the case.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

It piles one ludicrous plot twist atop another and bothers not a whit with logic.

December 31, 1999
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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Audience Reviews for Bait


Antoine Fuqua firmly establishes the moviemaking formula he's gone back to over and over again ever since in the movie Bait. Muddled with every cliche in existence (including some he made himself) and completely predictable storytelling, it provides the standard amount of entertainment you'd expect from a by-the-book action/thriller. Jamie Foxx and Doug Hutchison's performances are the only things that really set this film apart from the rest of the mindless action films that mirror Bait. Bottom line, Bait is an entertaining film that most will enjoy, but it was just to mindless for my tastes.

Dov Doviak
Dov Doviak

Horribly dead pace and flat performances all around seem to be mistaking tedium for tension. The trope filled plot is beyond insulting and fails to add the fun element that might have excused the plot devices we've seen a million times before. Honestly it feels like it was written and filmed as a comic exploration of bad heist cliches but edited as a serious thriller. Bait is a suitable title as its intention is to lure you into paying for entertainment but switching at the last minute.

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

"Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy"... That's how Flixster would categorize "Bait". Well, this film fits none of the previous mentioned genres. I would categorize it to the genre called 'crap'... It's hard to imagine that the star of this film is Jamie Foxx, the Academy Award winning actor from "Ray". In this movie he's nothing but a obnoxious, little wanna be gangsta. The other cast members ain't doing a better job either... The film is just a total waste of time and talent. David Morse, Antoine Fuqua... There's talent available but not in here.

Jani H
Jani H

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