Old-school cops Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett team up to take down the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel. Newly created elite team AMMO of the Miami police department along with Mike and Marcus go up against the ruthless Armando Armas.
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The comedic chemistry of Martin Lawrence and Will Smith has to do a lot of heavy lifting in “Bad Boys for Life.” They get the job done — delivering a mildly enjoyable movie that committed fans of the franchise will rate a lot higher — but they have to hack through a lot of by-the-numbers plotting and indolent characterizations to get there.
This is, indeed, a somewhat kinder, gentler Bad Boys: less proudly offensive, less extravagant, but still basically the same collection of stylish clichés made palatable by a duo of likable stars with good chemistry.
Without Michael Bay, the action runs the gamut from 'subpar for an episode of Netflix's Daredevil' to genuine cinematic bang for your buck. But there's an almost mournful quality, a lament that our Gen X screen gods are closer to the retirement home than the cover of Rolling Stone, that makes me glad we got one last ride. Between this and "Beach Bum," Martin Lawrence is successfully reminding us he's funny as hell.
Compared with the delightfully incoherent Bayhem, the sophistication and concordance in “Bad Boys For Life” is astounding in a good and bad way at the same time. And it's interesting that Will Smith tackles again with the loneliness of aging masculinity and ferocious relationship with his phantom son like criminally underrated “Gemini Man”. My frustration is that its title is “4 Life” though this is the third entry.
Smith and Lawrence prove that they still have it after all these years in this hilarious explosive action film. They pulled off a feat I didn't think possible by making this film feel nostalgic and fresh with a certain level of maturity as these two titans deal with getting old and changing tides. This is quite possibly the best in the series.
It's somewhat laudable that the directing team of "Adil & Bilall" took it upon themselves to reinvent "Bad Boys for Life." They adopt the "Fast Five" approach in reinvigorating a franchise by putting family and explosive set-pieces above all. Sadly, this means sidelining much of the inherent chemistry between Smith and Lawrence. With ho-hum style plus mostly lame humor, it's just another generic actioneer.
I never thought I’d say this, but... I wish Michael Bay had directed this. BBFL is a generic action thriller with some good ideas poorly executed. There isn't much thought given to the set pieces and their construction. It has a forgettable visual style that will hardly age well, and a ludicrous plot that never reaches any sort of truth. Lawrence is the saving grace, with an absolutely scene-stealing performance.
A tired and unnecessary sequel that has no chance to compete with today's action movies. It lacks cinematic qualities and ends up like an episode in a cop show on TV. Smith and Lawrence are OK but seem tired and their banter is forced and unfunny. What is good here is that the movie is quite even tempered and lacks the frachise´s ususal excesses (in a good way). The villians are bland and forgettable.
The only improvement I've seen in this new sequel is the relationship or chemistry between Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. Director Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah explored this matter more. The result is that BAD BOYS FOR LIFE has more "heart" than two previous movies. I know that these two directors lacked of the "explosive" than Michael Bay's. But it still has the spirit from the predecessors. This movie is awesome
I'm a bit impressed of how after 17 yrs. the main protagonists delved back so easily in their characters. There's the same undeniable chemistry and energy between these two; the best thing about this movie because everything else doesn't impress that much.
The action set-pieces are not that good, nothing truly spectacular. And the story is just like a mexican telenovela.
5.75/10. Michael Bay is greatly missed here.