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Published January 16th 2020
The 90s-nostaligia odd-couple are back with a blast
Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) return back to our screens, These old-school cops team up with a newly created tech-based force called AMMO (Advanced Miami Metro Operations) to track down Mike's would-be assassin. However, it took a bit of convincing to get Marcus who wants to luxuriate in retirement, driving around in a Nissan Quest and listening to meditation tapes to get back into the action with Mike.
At the start of the film, you wonder after more than two decades since the first Bad Boys, can you still laugh at the destructive, vigilante cops. Yes. Yes, you can! Between all the "Awww Sh*t!" from Lawrence to Smith turning to Lawrence on a flight and saying "We fly together, we die together", terrifying every passenger around them. The humour kept rolling in, and never got old!
Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah instead of Michael Bay, who helmed the first two Bad Boys- the one weak link in the film is the young AMMO crew. The crew features popular actors such as Vanessa Hudgens and Charles Melton, who were to provide the next generation foil for Bad Boys. However, it was mostly sentimental, and it was hard to believe that they were capable of both hacking the dark web and firing rocket-launchers.
The core plot involves a mother/son foe (Kate del Castillo and Jacob Scipio) who attempt to put Mike in 'early retirement'. The first half-hour is quite strong and focuses on character development, status quo alterations and table-setting violence.
The film still had the sleek, stylish and colourful as hell aspects. Like the first Bad Boys, the film was packed with (occasionally shocking) violence overextended action, and the sequel remained a well-made, well-staged old-school action movie spectacular.