Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 (Theater in ’95, video and 3 Mar 2016)
Brief Synopsis – Two narcotics detectives must keep a murder witness safe while trying to track down a heroin dealer.
My Take on it – Over the years, Director Michael Bay has made a name for himself as someone who likes to orchestrate excessive action scenes in order to enhance the thrills.
Some of his action packed movies are hits and some are misses.
This movie actually fits somewhere in the middle because although the plot is quite generic, the choice of using Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as the main characters lifts it up quite a bit.
The chemistry that the two of them have works quite well here because they are able to act as if they have known each other for years. This is essential for the aspects of the plot that deal with a mistaken identity which work so well.
Tea Leoni wasn’t a known actress at the time and she does a great job here as the witness they must protect.
The moderation of Bay’s action scenes help keep this film more grounded which makes it even more enjoyable.
Bottom Line – Lawrence and Smith have great chemistry together and the comedy of errors make this fun to watch because of it. Leoni is superb as the witness who they must protect. Bay’s direction doesn’t go into excess here and the moderation keeps the storyline grounded. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Michael Bay didn’t like the script and often engaged Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in discussions about how the dialogue and scenes could improve. He often allowed them to improvise while the camera were rolling. He secretly told Will to call Lawrence a bitch before the car-scene. The whole “two bitches in the sea” was improvised, as was Martin’s comment when Téa Leoni called him gay. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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