Time for another film I vaguely remember seeing as a young ‘un. This time it’s Michael Bay’s directorial debut; Bad Boys. As well as being Bay’s first film it appears to be both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s first starring role movie.
Smith and Lawrence play best friends, and police detectives, Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett. Working for the Miami narcotics division the pair are tasked with protecting a murder witness (played by Téa Leoni) while at the same time they investigate the robbery of $100 million worth of seized heroin from the police vault.
Bad Boys is a comedic buddy-cop movie coupled with the large dosage of action you’d expect from a Michael Bay film. The two leads work well together and you get a feeling that the characters are genuinely old friends with plenty of history between the them.
But being a Bay film stuff like the plot or character development is never going to be its strong point. It’s about the explosions and intense action scenes. Luckily the film gives us plenty in these areas. The films climatic battle being a prime example.
Sure the film is dumb, shallow and pretty forgettable. It’s not the best action or buddy cop movie but it provides some (cheap) laughs and plenty of entertaining brainless action.