Bad Boys for Life (2020)

Bad Boys for Life is a long awaited sequel to the Bad Boys series bringing an action comedy film with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith back as Mike and Marcus back in action. A long time gap since Bad Boys 2 which I still say was the best in the series out of the three. Cause of Michael Bay’s over the top action and explosions. For good or worse, if your into Michael Bay’s movies. The third movie is done by a direction Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah which the budget is a little smaller than the second movie. The action sequences are still exciting but a little under control with its still cinematography and less fast editing like the previous movie.

The plot follows Detective Mike (Will Smith) and Marcus (Martin Lawrence) are still battling it out with retiring. Since Marcus is ready to call it quits after his daughter just had a baby. While Mike still wants to be in action in chasing bad guys. Meanwhile, Isabel (Kate del Castillo) breaks out of prison and has her son Armando (Jacob Scipio) assassinate several people and one of them being Mike. Since Isabel and Mike had some kind of history. She wants to tie all the loose ends. Which puts Mike and Marcus back into action and now working with a new team in their unit called AMMO led by Rita (Paola Nunez).

The film is a lot of fun and has some fun humor with Mike and Marcus arguing with each other. Mike is still stuck in his old ways of doing things. Marcus is trying to find peace within himself. Mike is dragged back into action when his past catches up to him. With the villain this time wanting to get revenge. Mike and Marcus are teamed up with a new unit called AMMO which they approach things using technology like drones, using non lethal weapons, and strategizing. It was a fun team up with old school detectives being hands on, shoot first and ask questions later. Versus a team that tries to contain the damage than cause it.

The film does have some exciting action sequences. A few car chases and motorcycle chases. And a climatic shoot out in an old building. May not be as crazy and over the top with its action like the second movie. It is still entertaining and exciting. And a lot of action if that is all your expecting in a Bad Boys movie.

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are great in delivering their characters. It is fun to see them back. And I would love to see more sequels if they can keep it exciting. Joe Pantoliano returns as their overreacting Captain. The new AMMO team that works with Mike and Marcus is lead by Rita (Paola Nunez), and her people Dorn (Alexander Ludwig), Rafe (Charles Melton), Kelly (Vanessa Hudgens). The AMMO team is a fun addition to the movie. The villains Kate del Castillo and Jacob Scipio being a mother/son duo was an interesting mix to the plot.

Overall, Bad Boys for Life is a good action comedy. It has a lot of fun humor and action to make this movie worth seeing on the big screen. It may not be the best in the series. It definitely is a good comeback after a long time apart from the last movie.

 

Review by cruise01

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