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Bad Boys: Ride or Die back on cinemas with a full pack of action and comedy

With Will Smith and Martin Lawrence playing former Miami police officers who are now on the run, *Bad Boys: Ride or Die* is back. Under the direction of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the film combines fast-paced visuals with retro action and humor. For lovers of the franchise, the film delivers laughter and thrills despite its absurd plot and antics. It also has a chaotic charm.

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence’s comeback  in *Bad Boys: Ride or Die* for action-packed comedy.

With their signature blend of thrilling action and hilarious comedy, the world’s most popular Bad Boys are back, but this time there’s a twist: Miami’s best are now fugitives. *Bad Boys: Ride or Die*, the franchise’s fourth entry, stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as legendary Miami police officers Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett. They surround themselves with well-known acquaintances and surprising allies, creating a nostalgic yet novel experience.

Filmed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah of *Bad Boys for Life*, it skillfully combines the old and the new. The filmmakers create a high-octane visual theme park that occasionally resembles an expensive TikTok video by translating Michael Bay’s rushed, extravagant action style. Set over a quarter of a century, the first three films were critical and commercial successes, each with a distinct feature. The less remarkable *Bad Boys II* (2003) followed the precedent set by the original *Bad Boys* (1995). But *Bad Boys for Life* in 2020 offered an entertaining and captivating comeback. With the release of *Bad Boys: Ride or Die*, Detectives Lowrey and Burnett’s adventures have taken on a remarkable quality.

Considering the actors’ ages of 59 and 55, respectively, and more than 30 years of service, these officers have managed to elude the Miami Police Department’s standard retirement age of 50 and beyond. They have to admit to the passage of time these days. At Mike’s wedding to Christine (Melanie Liburd), Marcus, a junk food enthusiast, has a nearly fatal heart attack and awakens in the hospital with a bizarre new spirituality. Mike’s former partner Rita (Paola Núñez) is currently making her public debut alongside aspirational politician Lockwood (Ioan Gruffudd).

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Speaking for himself, Mike is experiencing panic attacks due to unresolved guilt about his son Armando (Jacob Scipio), whose dark and strangely serious tale was recounted in the previous movie, *Bad Boys for Life*, four years ago. He doesn’t have the emotional capacity to recognize this.  As a comeback vehicle, it was undoubtedly a clever option. The *Bad Boys* franchise stars Smith and Lawrence as Mike and Marcus, two Miami police detectives with perfectly coiffed beards. It consists of two Michael Bay films, which were released in 1995 and 2003, and a resurrection helmed by the Moroccan-Belgian team Adil and Bilall 2020. Smith suggests that he is still the same man by showing up in the fourth edition of this well-liked buddy-comedy series.

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It is sometimes said to critics that we should just turn off our brains and enjoy Hollywood blockbusters instead of analyzing them. Well, *Bad Boys: Ride or Die* is one of the movies that requires our minds to be on constant alertness more than most. The internal logic is nonexistent, the plot is incoherent, and the grenade-dodging feats are even more ridiculous. The picture is entertaining enough in a rough, ready, chaotic way. Although it might not help Smith return to the top of the A-list, it does show that he can handle a bad film. That’s a victory at this point in his career.

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Shriya Gupta

Journalist, Talks about Politics, Culture and International Affairs. Love to see things through the lenses. Short Films and Documentries make me More excited.
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