Chris Rock, Anthony Hopkins, Gabriel Macht, John Slattery, Peter
Company is a big time under achiever. First off, we have Anthony
Hopkins, a truly great actor. He's paired with funnyman Chris Rock
in a Jerry Bruckheimer film which is directed by Joel Schumacher.
With talent like this, you might think this is a "can't miss",
but instead it proves that there really is no such thing.
Bad Company may be one of the last films that presents terrorism
in a somewhat light and fluffy manner. It is one of those movies
that was caught in limbo due to the events of 9/11. Originally scheduled
to be released last fall, it was forced to be delayed and even now
it may not get some of the laughs it was going for because people
take the entire premise of terrorism much more seriously.
story here is that a CIA operative is killed just prior to completing
his mission to buy a nuclear device on the black market and get
it out of potentially unfriendly hands. Turns out that said CIA
operative has a twin brother who is an underachieving street hustler.
Both roles are played by Chris Rock. The straightman here is the
CIA veteran in charge of the mission played by Anthony Hopkins.
He recruits the street smart twin brother to try to help complete
the problems this movie has, one is that it really doesn't know
what it wants to be. It has elements of thriller, action and comedy.
And even the premise itself is one part mismatched partner/buddy
movie and one part fish out of water comedy. What results is a totally
are some pretty good action sequences in the movie. And there are
also a few laughs, but you will have seen most of them in the trailer
and TV commercials. The thriller aspect of the movie is totally
ineffective. Whatever tension might have been created is tempered
by Rock constantly flinging one liners. Worse still, we've seen
so many movies like this one that it is totally predictable.
formula used to produce this film has lost it's effectiveness in
today's world unfortunately. I'm not sure we would've liked this
movie any better had we seen it prior to 9/11, but I can say that
today it did virtually knotting for us. At least the occasional
gun fire kept us awake! This one can definitely wait for DVD...
guns, including several automatics.
the occasional flesh wound.
Blood & Gore
big assed Mercedes goes offroading...
nice garter and stockings shot...
few, but no where near as many as they were expecting.