Movie Review: 'Bad Boys' is back with a cocktail of action, emotion and comedy

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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The pair of brave policemen Mike Lowry (Will Smith) and Marcus Brunet (Martin Lawrence), who made a tremendous impression as 'Bad Boys' nearly three decades ago in 1995, have returned to the big screen again with 'Bad Boys: Ride or Die'. This is the fourth film in this franchise after 'Bad Boys 2' in 2003 and 'Bad Boys for Life' in 2020. In the film, director duo Adil Al Arabi and Bilall Fallah have made full use of the familiar qualities of these 'Bad Boys', from fast driving on the streets of Miami to strong action, but the problem is that with time the effect of age has started showing on these bad boys, due to which both the shine of their personality and the edge of action have been affected.

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The producers themselves do not deny that their heroes have grown old. That is why the film begins with Marcus' heart attack at Laurie's wedding. Laurie gets panic attacks at several important moments. She feels that people close to her are going away from her forever.

The Story of 'Bad Boys: Ride or Die'

Talking about the story, it takes forward the events of 'Bad Boys for Life' released in 2020, where after the death of Captain Conrad Howard (Joe Pantoliano), the drug mafia implicates him on charges of bribery and corruption. Mike is not ready to believe that the Captain was dishonest and he sets out to expose this conspiracy in his own way with Marcus. For this, he takes the help of his son Armando (Jacob Sippio), who is serving a sentence for the murder of the Captain, but while shifting him from jail, such circumstances arise that Mike and Marcus themselves become fugitives in the eyes of their security agency. Now how they reach the criminals without anyone's help, how they foil their intentions, it will be known only after watching the film.

'Bad Boys: Ride or Die' trailer

'Bad Boys: Ride or Die' movie review

There is nothing new in this story by Chris Brimner and Will Beall, but the friendship between Mike and Marcus, Marcus' funny one-liners and some great action scenes make it worth watching. Be it the action sequence flying in the air or the climax scene with crocodiles in a deserted water park, all of them are thrilling. The father-son feeling between Laurie and Armando is also shown well in the film.

Talking about acting, 55-year-old Will Smith definitely looks smart in the film, but he lacks sharpness. 59-year-old Martin Lawrence entertains the audience a lot with his comedy, but Jacob Sippio, who plays the character of Armando in the film, has caught everyone's attention. Jacob looks attractive in every scene. Apart from him, Dennis Green also looks memorable in the role of Marcus' son-in-law Reggie.

The technical aspects of the film like cinematography and editing are strong. Yes, the music is nothing special, but overall, fans of the 'Bad Boys' franchise can watch this film. But if you have not seen the third part 'Bad Boys for Life', then you may have trouble understanding some of the developments.

Why watch- You can watch this fourth film of the 'Bad Boys' franchise for Martin Lawrence's comedy and some great action scenes.

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