Bad Boys for Life

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Loaded up with action and a double helping of leading-man charisma, Bad Boys for Life reinvigorates this long-dormant franchise by playing squarely to its strengths.

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The wife and son of a Mexican drug lord embark on a vengeful quest to kill all those involved in his trial and imprisonment -- including Miami Detective Mike Lowrey. When Mike gets wounded, he teams up with partner Marcus Burnett and AMMO -- a special tactical squad -- to bring the culprits to justice. But the old-school, wisecracking cops must soon learn to get along with their new elite counterparts if they are to take down the vicious cartel that threatens their lives.

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  • Sep 01, 2020
    It's Bad Boys for Life for Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, returning to their breakout series after 17-years, but without director Michael Bay. When Mike Lowrey is targeted by a Mexican assassin looking for revenge Mike and his partner Marcus Burnett team up with a new Miami PD special ops unit called AMMO to catch him. Director Lorne Balfe does a great job at making the chases and fight scenes action-packed and exciting. And without Bay, the crass, infinitely humor is way down. However, there are a number of homages and callbacks to the first two films to make it feel a piece with the series, yet it also lays groundwork to take future installments in a new direction. A successful revival of a long dormant franchise, Bad Boys for Life delivers a fun and thrilling adventure.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2020
    This was a return to form after the poorly received Bad Boys 2. The filmmakers make an attempt to avoid that films pitfalls by cutting some of the story threads. This film sadly attempts to branch out the series and there's an end credits setup that left a bad taste. Bad Boys for Life is a well created action film and it almost had me back to the same level of number one. The first films score is resurrected, something Michael Bay ditched for some odd reason. The films stars are still strong and they are the core components to the film. The issue of the film is the story cliché model and the results are some character eliminations. The entire twist didn't deliver and ends up in the same situation as number 2. The first film was a better storyline as it kept things close to reality. The film is currently sitting at number one film worldwide thanks to CONVID-19 but that should show the strength of the label after such a long preproduction. 17/04/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2020
    Bad Boys for Life is a refreshing new take that's more deep than anyone would've anticipated. The sequel keeps intact the dynamics of Smith and Lawrence but also adding more depth to their arcs and to the story as a whole. Mix that in with the overall action and humor and you've got yourself (probably) a new batch of Bad-Boys to come. 4.05/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2020
    What a strange ride the Bad Boys franchise has been. While it didn't make a huge dent in the box office back in 1995, the first Bad Boys film is now revered by some as one of director Michael Bay's better films. That's not exactly what I believe, but there are some massive fans of these movies out there. I enjoyed one and two for what they were, but I never felt the need to rewatch them over and over. Upon the initial release of Bad Boys for Life, nearly 17 years since the release of Bad Boys II, I decided to revisit the previous two films. I still find them to be very entertaining, but lacking in many other areas. Maybe that's why this review may seem almost too positive for a film like this, but it's been a long time since a franchise has turned itself around this well.  Bad Boys for Life picks up in real-time, 17 years after the events of the previous film and nearly the entire cast has returned, which was nice to see. Marcus wishes to actually retire this time and the violence is what is keeping Mike going. Due to some unexpected circumstances, a vengeance plot is set in motion, which finds them on the hunt for the Aretas family. With a lot more drama than the last two to really make you care about these characters, this film, in terms of characters and story, is eons better than anything presented in the last two.  In many ways, Bad Boys for Life is the Fast Five of this franchise. It took the existing characters that you know from previous films, introduced a new team, made the family and friend aspect very strong, and those aspects in turn just made for a more enjoyable experience. It's still filled with cliches and moments that make you roll your eyes, but if the rest of the movie is well done, sometimes those moments can be likeable. It sounds weird to say this about a Bad Boys film, but I found myself shocked or feeling emotional on a few occasions, due to the plot twists. I didn't expect this movie to connect with me as much as it did, but I had a blast with it.  In terms of new direction, it was nice to see Michael Bay stand back and support a new vision. Directed by the duo of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, they presented a film that was not short on action but also felt very laid back in comparison to the previous films, which also worked with the story, as Mike and Marcus are now ageing. Most of their work is on foreign projects that I have not seen, but I may actually seek some of it out. These two guys seem to be very talented behind the camera. I will gladly see another Bad Boys movie, directed by them or anyone else, as long as they stick to this new direction.  I didn't bother mentioning Will Smith or Martin Lawrence off the top, because if you're a fan of either of them and like the last two films, then there's no change here. They both share the same charisma and chemistry that they did over 20 years ago and I don't see that going away any time soon. Bad Boys for Life injects drama into an overblown action franchise and grounds it in reality. I can actually see newcomers liking this one more than the previous films and due to some new backstory revealed throughout this movie, the previous two aren't exactly necessary, even though there are some great callbacks sprinkled throughout. I would definitely recommend checking this one out, especially if you liked the last two. This is a much better movie than I was expecting.
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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