'Bad Boys For Life' Is An Action-Packed Emotional Thrill Ride

If you're a fan, you'll get emotional seeing Smith and Lawrence re-team on screen

Terri Lee-Sylvester
January 17, 2020 - 2:56 pm
Will Smith, left, and Martin Lawrence co-star in Bad Boys for Life.

DETROIT (WWJ) - One of the most successful big screen pairings of all time makes a long-awaited return to theaters this weekend.  In fact, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence fans have been waiting years, 17 in fact, to see the two reprise their Bad Boy roles.  Believe it or not, the first film came out in 1995, and the second one hit theaters in 2003, so yes, it's been a long wait.  What took so long?  Well, according to the producers, there had been talks about creating another installment, but it was a years-long process before work began.   

"It took us 17 years to get these guys back, but they're back and they're funnier than ever," Producer Jerry Bruckheimer said.  "They're like great wine.  It's aged beautifully and it's fun, it's funny, it's dramatic, it's emotional, it's a ride.  It's what I make movies for; for audiences, and having these two great individuals in this film, you can just see how wonderful they enjoy each other and they're just fun to watch."

Bad Boys For Life doesn't miss a beat.  Although its been 17 years since Miami narcotics police detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett have been paired together, it's like they never left.  Trust me, if you're a fan of the first two movies, you can't help but be overcome with emotion when you see those two back on screen, together again. 

In what's being called their last ride together, Smith's character, Mike, is being targeted by the notorious leader of a Mexican drug cartel.  What makes things even worse is that Isabel Aretas has a son, Armando, who was born in prison and raised to be a killing machine.  Everyone he sets his sights on doesn't stand a chance.  And now he's after Mike.  

For their last hurrah together, Mike and Marcus are forced by Captain Howard to join forces with an elite team of young hotshot cops known as AMMO -- Advance Miami Metro Operations.  After all, crime fighting techniques have changed a lot, namely, with the use of technology, including drones, which are used to help scope things out.

But, while some things have changed with time, the most important thing hasn't, and that's the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence.  Add to that a stellar cast, including the returning Joe Pantoliano and Jacob Scipio, who stars as Armando.

I really enjoyed this movie, and for all the Bad Boys fans out there, I would recommend that you don't miss it.  But, be forewarned: it is rated R, mainly for strong violence and a whole lotta curse words.

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