Welcome to the third instalment of Bad Boys! Police Detectives Marcus (Martin Lawrence) and Mike (Will Smith) are two of the Baddest cops, now going through new challenges in life. Marcus has decided to retire finally, and someone is out to kill Mike for personal revenge. Marcus and Mike soon join a new elite team within the Miami Police Department known as AMMO. This team, along with Marcus and Mike, are focusing on a new dangerous villain known as Armando Armes from Mexico.
If you’ve seen the previous two Bad Boys films, you’ll generally know what to expect- cheeky banter between our leading heroes with bonus action. The difference with this third instalment, is we now have a new pair of directors to helm this third instalment. Even with new directors, I’m thankful to report that this film feels consistent with what director Michael Bay perhaps would have done with this instalment. It’s also respectful to the original two films, even bringing back returning side characters.
A main praise point for this film is the fact that there is a greater focus on characters and the furthering of their relationship more than ever before. This film could very easily have been a simple cash grab loaded with brainless action, but it’s not just that, it’s more. As plot, it’s darker than the other two and even manages to surprise the audience with a few twists.
Unfortunately, it does feel like there is less action here, but what does happen is most enjoyable with the added element that is random comedy. In regards to the action, I was slightly disappointed with a certain chase scene which seems to have been filmed in an odd frame rate, plus it’s evident that there is a higher use of CGI throughout the film.
Overall, Bad Boys fans will generally find joy in seeing a further character development along with a few surprises along the way. It’s a plot that is next level in their friendship as well as taking on a new threat one last time. Slightly less action than the previous film but more plot development than ever before. If you need to switch off from the world for a while? Bad Boys for Life Y’all.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden