Old-school cops Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett team up to take down the vicious leader of a
drug cartel. Newly created elite team AMMO of the Miami police department along with Mike and Marcus go up
against the ruthless Armando Armas. Miami
Director: Bilall Fallah, Adil El Arbi
Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Núñez, Kate del Castillo, Nicky Jam, Joe Pantoliano
October 18, 2019
Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime
Rated R for strong bloody violence, language throughout, sexual references and brief drug use
Runtime: 2h 3min
It’s understandable to wonder if the Bad Boys franchise really needed a third entry.
’s film’s played
like forerunners to series like the Fast and Furious franchise in terms of
excess, fun and logical silliness. The 2nd
film in particular saw Michael Bay really exploring
his excesses for better or worst but at the very least it felt like Mike Lowery
and Marcus Burnett’s story was finished.
Needless to say this film has very little reason for existing outside of
a money grab. There’s really very little
reason for this film to be any good but it defies expectations and really
delivers a fun ride that’s in keeping with Michael Bay ’s style. Directors Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi are
clearly fans of Bay, he even makes a quick cameo, so you get shots and
sequences which feel very much pulled from his bag of tricks. It’s glossy and illogical but the film’s
story is fun enough that you really don’t care all that much. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence ease back into
their characters with incredible ease even after a 17 year layoff. Their interplay has always been the best part
of this series and it’s no different here.
The story takes into account their advancing age which make the story
meatier than it deserves to be and you even get some real stakes for the
characters. The crew of the AMMO group
adds a solid mix of new characters which really keep the film pumping along even
if the film starts to wear a bit in spots.
A few well placed edits would have made this entry really strong
addition to the action genre. That being
said its worlds better than it deserves to be.