After the birth of his grandson Marcus wants to retire from his police days but Mike believes they should continue. Isabel Aretas, the wife of a drug lord with the help of her son decide to attempt to kill Mike along with other law enforcement officials.
Bad Boys For Life follows Marcus and Mike once again on another adventure. After the birth of Marcus’ grandson, Marcus has started to step away from the cop life. Mike, on the other hand, after a brush with death, desires revenge against his assassin. Alongside these characters, Mike and Marcus are also joined by Rita, a recently promoted lieutenant and the lead of AMMO. On the other hand, Isabel is a recently escaped criminal with a complicated history with Mike.
Being a relatively young man this was the first Bad Boys film that I got to see right when it came out and let me just say it did not disappoint. In my opinion, this is the best-made Bad Boys movie and is probably tied for my favourite between this and the second one. One of the things I think the film does really well is age the series up with the characters. Both Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are getting older now and the movie not only addresses that but finds a way to make it a crucial part of the story. The strongest part of the franchise continues to be the chemistry between Mike (played by Will Smith) and Marcus (played by Martin Lawrence) as you know they have this history together and their bond is shown through their constant bickering yet willing to go to the ends of the earth for the other. The story is easily the most personal for our heroes and is my favourite of the stories where we see someone actively trying to kill Mike and Marcus. The villain has a connection to our heroes that makes their attempts on their lives more personal and raises the stakes. This film probably has the biggest dramatic elements of the franchise with some of the reveals and events that take place. The comedy is on point just like the other films with quite a few laugh-out-loud jokes and in general, the film remains funny throughout. This movie never lost my attention and knew how to keep its pacing so that something important happens often but the movie also knows when to take its time and explain. The introduction of AMMO, a task force of young cops using new techniques, gives us some interesting new characters that bring a new dynamic to the Bad Boys movies and set up some characters that could work in future films. This film definitely leaves room for future entries in the franchise and after this one, I would be happy to see what more cases Mike and Marcus could work on.
All in all, this is a really great buddy-cop action movie that would highly recommend to people who have seen the other movies or to anyone who is looking for a fun action-comedy. So hop on Prime Video and check it out yourself!
Out of the three Bad Boys movies reviewed on this website, this one by far is my favourite. The plot was fantastic, character arcs were completed, and everything just melded together seamlessly.
As usual, I’ll tackle the negatives to get them out of the way. For such a great movie, there aren’t that many. I guess first off, I wish we got more from some of the side characters. The AMMO team for one, was a group I wish we got more information about. I also wish we got more from the antagonists. Along the characters, some of the older characters never seem to come back either. But aside from that small detail, there’s not much else that this movie did wrong.
Now, onto the positives. First off, action scenes were tense and enjoyable. Being a Michael Bay movie, explosions were everywhere. There was a lot more death in this movie compared to the other ones, but it made sense for the story that was told. Another great thing about this movie was the story and everything it covered. It closed the character arcs of both Mike and Marcus, ending and completing their development. This story also brought a good amount of closure for some of the side characters. The plot was also intense and kept my attention the whole time. There were some slower moments, but it helped balance out the story.
Overall, this was an enjoyable third movie. Contrary to other movies, the Bad Boys movies get better with each passing one. The plot was intense and provided much needed closure to many characters. The pacing was well done, and it is definitely worth a watch if you’ve seen the other two.
After years and years, we finally got a 3rd Bad Boys movie. Bad Boys for Life is a breath of fresh air for the series, and it gave me a lot of hope for the future where this movie series is concerned. The plot was fantastic, the characters were super funny, and the action scenes were exhilarating. Coming off a pretty good sequel, I wasn’t sure what direction this movie was going to take, especially with such a long layover, but the plot and the time jump makes a ton of sense. It has a really great New School Vs. Old School theme to go along with the main plot, and it creates some great character interactions. Our 4 new characters, Kelly, Dorn, Rafe, and Rita make up AMMO, and they create a great dynamic within our characters. All 4 of them hold different characteristics and skills, and they play off each other super well. I’m hoping the next movie dives even deeper into their stories because although they end up being pretty major characters, we don’t know a ton about them.
Bad Boys for Life takes the action of the second movie, turns it up a notch, adds some vile villains, and throws some millennials in. It’s wonderful. The back and forth between Mike and Marcus is constant, and the addition of some characters on both sides makes for a hilarious movie. The plot and the back guys feel more developed in this movie, the backstory feels perfect. In a two-hour movie, there is a ton going on, from major crime-plot development to things that are happening that change individual character arcs. With that said, it doesn’t feel rushed. The pace is smooth, but there isn’t a scene that feels like it could have been longer, or that we are missing some information. There are a few things that are inferred to have happened during the massive time-lapse, but the events within the movie are pretty clear-cut.
I really enjoyed this movie, through and through. It’s funny, it’s a little gory, and it packs a punch in the action department. The acting is also phenomenal. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are awesome, and I thought Paola Nuñez was the best new actor on the scene. Truly a worthwhile movie, and hopefully we have a few more in the tank.
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