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Sunday, January 19, 2020


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.

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
Release Date: 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.  Michael Bay’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. 


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