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‘Bad Boys for Life’ Review: Hell Yeah

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You’d be forgiven for expecting very little from Bad Boys for Life. Not only is it arriving sixteen years after its predecessor, but the man responsible for directing the first two films is no longer at the helm. Michael “Boom Boom” Bay sits this third entry out, although he pops up for a fun cameo, and the reins are instead handed over to a pair of filmmakers whose previous three features grossed under $4 million at the box-office. Combined. Happily, the movie is a goddamn blast and quite possibly the best of the franchise.

Det. Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and his partner, Det. Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence), are long in the tooth veterans of the Miami Police Department having overseen hundreds of cases, nearly as many dead bad guys, and hundreds of millions in property damage. Mike is ready for retirement, but Marcus is looking to keep going until he’s dead, and he nearly gets his wish when a would-be assassin guns him down in the street. As he struggles for life, a handful of other law enforcement officials are murdered, and when Mike returns to the field his number one priority is catching the killer. Obviously.

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