Bad Boys for Life (2020) by Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi – Review

The one who stands out in the humor is Lawrence, while the greatest dramatic weight is developed by Smith. The best moments of the film are those scenes where the chemistry between them is the protagonist.

The most commented of this third installment has been the absence of Michael Bay, who was director of the biology of the late 90s and early 2000s. The directors are Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, unknown to the general public, who gave with fame after Gangsta (2018) and this is the first major studio production they direct.

In the cast repeat both the protagonists, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, as Captain Howard, played by Joe Pantoliano. Jerry Bruckheimer is the producer, who already directed hits of the 80s as Flashdance (1983) or police series as CSI Y Open case.

To this cast are added Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical) as a lethal police officer, Alexander Ludwig (Vikings) as a computer scientist – with some sensitive and comical moment – and Charles Melton (Riverdale) as the joker of the group. In addition to Kate del Castillo, the recognizable Queen of the South, and it is worth mentioning the performances of music producer DJ Khaled and reggaeton singer Nicky Jam.

The action scenes, apart from not developing with excessive skill, are solved in a simple way after being seen as a lethal threat.

It has some points that mix nasty violence and comic, Michael Bay style in the recent 6 in the shade (2019), although they do not become very numerous or uncomfortable. That is, it has these elements, but at a slower and more thoughtful pace. Comparisons are usually odious, if you consider Bad boys ii (2003), this production shows smaller action scenes in quantity, and lower quality in their development.

Much of the script focuses on the arrival of these peers at middle age, how they are physically affected and how outdated they are of the new ways of patrolling Miami. These scenes become monotonous in their content, as there is repetition in the gags.

The one who stands out in the humor is Lawrence, while the greatest dramatic weight is developed by Smith. The best moments of the film are those scenes where the chemistry of both is protagonist, these sequences work better than those of action, more properly said. Even during a spectacular chase of cars, motorcycles and helicopters, it is the conversation between them that captures the public, which will not stop laughing.

The action scenes, apart from not developing with excessive skill, are solved in a simple way after being seen as a lethal threat. In addition, the possibility of continuation remains open in the classic post-credit scene. This will be, or not, viable from the data at the box office; that we can already venture that will not be similar to 20 years ago. Although it is undoubtedly entertaining and, above all, fun.


Synopsis In this third installment of the franchise, the police Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett patrol together again on a last trip.
Country United States
Address Bilall Fallah, Adil El Arbi
Script Joe Carnahan, George Gallo, David Guggenheim, Anthony Tambakis, Chris Bremner
Music Lorne Balfe
Photography Benoît Debie
Distribution Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate del Castillo, Paola Nuñez, Jacob Scipio, Joe Pantoliano, Charles Melton, Alexander Ludwig, Nicky Jam, DJ Khaled, Ivo Nandi, Happy Anderson, Massi Furlan, David Shae
Gender Action
Duration 123 min.
Original title Bad Boys for Life
Premiere 01/17/2020

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