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George Markov
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The needless cruelty of this scene took me out of the movie and into the minds of its makers. What were they thinking? Have they so lost touch with human nature that they think audiences will like this scene? Do they think it's funny? Did the actors voice any objections? It's the job of the producer to keep a film on track; did Jerry Bruckheimer notice anything distasteful? Or is it possible that everyone connected with the film has become so desensitized by the relentless cynical aggression of movies like this that the scene passed without comment? "Bad Boys II" is a bloated, unpleasant assembly-line extrusion in which there are a lot of chases and a lot of killings and explosions. Oh, it's all done with competent technique. Michael Bay, the director, is a master of this sort of thing, and his screenplay was labored over by at least four writers, although there is not an original idea in it. Even the villain is a bargain-basement ripoff of Al Pacino's great drug dealer in "Scarface." The plot, briefly, involves Smith and Lawrence as partners on the trail of a drug supplier who moves his money into Cuba. Gabrielle Union plays Lawrence's sister, a DEA agent from New York who has been seeing Smith. Joe Pantoliano is the obligatory police captain who constantly chews out the guys (and for once, a movie takes notice of the body count after a chase scene). No one in the movie is very interesting; our eyes glaze over during yet another bone-tired retread of chase scenes that we have seen over and over again. Occasionally there is variety, as when the boys shoot up a Ku Klux Klan rally; I dunno, maybe it's just me, but I don't see anything funny about burning crosses and guys in hoods. Do these images need to be given fresh circulation in 2003? The movie has a carelessness that shows a contempt for the audience. Consider a sequence in which two helicopters pursue a speedboat near Miami. I was never sure who was in the speedboat, or why it was fleeing. Maybe I missed something, but it didn't make much difference. Eventually the cops spray the boat with automatic weapons, the engine dies, and we hear "the boat is dead in the water." End of scene. As nearly as I can tell, the only reason this scene is in the movie is so that we can watch two helicopters chasing a speedboat. In a movie that is painfully long at 146 minutes, why is this scene taking up our time? The movie is so choppy in its nervous editing that a lot of the time we're simply watching senseless kinetic action. The chase scenes and shoot-outs are broken down into closeups that deny us any sense of the physical relationship of the actors or the strategy of a chase. It's all just movement.

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What happens next is kind of sickening. The Hummer speeds down a hillside entirely covered by the tarpaper shanties of poor people. Walls and roofs, doors and windows, dogs and chickens, corrugated iron and curtains, all fly into the air as the Hummer cuts a swath through this settlement. And I'm thinking, people live there. There's a quick mention that drug production takes place on the hillside, but still: Dozens of poor shantytown dwellers must have been killed, not that the movie notices.

A guaranteed original advance one sheet movie poster from 2003 for Michael Bay's buddy cop sequel "Bad Boys 2", starring Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Jordi Mollà, Gabrielle Union, Peter Stormare, Theresa Randle and Joe Pantoliano.

Original posters for the Bad Boys films are surprisingly hard to track down. This example has never been folded and is in super condition. Being double-sided, it is suitable for display in an Art of the Movies Light Box or traditional framing. Either way, it will look fantastic on display!

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film one out of a possible four stars, especially offended by one scene involving a teenage boy and the use of the word nigga, saying, "The needless cruelty of this scene took me out of the movie and into the minds of its makers. What were they thinking? Have they so lost touch with human nature that they think audiences will like this scene?"[6] On an episode of At the Movies with Ebert & Roeper, film critic Richard Roeper named Bad Boys II the worst film of 2003.

Among the more positive reviews was Seattle Post-Intelligencer critic Ellen A. Kim, who wrote that the film was "mindlessly fun... If you like this type of movie, that is." The film was also praised by a few critics and viewers for its deftly handled action sequences and visual effects.[8]

In June 2008, Bay stated that he may direct Bad Boys III, but that the greatest obstacle to the potential sequel would be the cost, as he and Will Smith demand some of the highest salaries in the film industry.[13] By August 2009, Columbia Pictures had hired Peter Craig to write the script for Bad Boys III.[14] In February 2011, Martin Lawrence reiterated that the film was in development.[15] In June 2014, Bruckheimer announced that screenwriter David Guggenheim was working on the storyline for the sequel.[16] Two months later, Lawrence said a script had been written and parts had been cast.[17] By June 2015, director Joe Carnahan was in early talks to write and possibly direct the film.[18] Two months later, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that Bad Boys III would be released on February 17, 2017, and that additional sequel, Bad Boys IV, is scheduled for release on July 3, 2019.[19] On March 5, 2016, the film was pushed to June 2, 2017.[20] Producers planned to begin production in early 2017.[21] On August 11, 2016, the film was pushed back once again to January 12, 2018, to avoid box office competition with the upcoming DC Comics film Wonder Woman, and retitled Bad Boys for Life.[22] Lawrence revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that filming may start in March 2017.[23] On February 6, 2017, it was announced that the film's release date has been delayed for the third time, to November 9, 2018.[24] On March 7, 2017, Carnahan left the movie due to scheduling conflicts.[25] In August 2017, Sony removed the third film from their release schedule and later in the month Lawrence said the film would not be happening.[26]

During the rescue mission in Cuba and the final standoff of the film, Tapia can be seen brandishing a Steyr SPP, a variant of the Steyr TMP machine pistol with the foregrip removed. The weapon is shown as capable of firing on full-auto, which means that this SPP, like many SPPs seen in American movies and TV shows, was converted to automatic with a registered auto sear by a qualified armorer.

Another weapon used by the Haitian gang members is an American variant of the FN FAL carbine, the DSA SA58 OSW, seen during the intersection shootout and freeway chase scenes by "Blondie Dreads" (Kiko Ellsworth). Like the FN FAL, The SA58 comes in many shapes and sizes and can easily be modified with different stocks, sights, etc., but in this particular scene it is a "Tactical Carbine OSW", which is a select-fire, short carbine (12" barrel with carbine handguard) with a para-style side-folding stock and a 7.62x51mm 30-round FAL magazine. Like the law enforcement/military-only version of the SA58 OSW, the one used in the movie is select-fire. A US Marine can be seen firing one at the protagonists' H2 Hummer when they charge onto the US Naval Base at Guantanamo, which is inaccurate since this weapon is not used by the US military.

The old-fashioned real-deal movie star charm of Will Smith can occasionally be glimpsed somewhere inside this overlong cacophony of car chases, shoot-em-ups, and explosions. It's impossible not to watch him and almost impossible not to smile while doing so. But that's about the only smile in this generic but mind-numbingly loud and violent action movie, more theme-park stunt spectacular than story.

Director Michael Bay can shoot action sequences and stunts, though he tries a little too hard to be John Woo. He's less successful at making us care, especially when the plot veers into the truly preposterous with a massive invasion of Cuba at the end. For anyone other than hard-core action fans it just gets overwhelming and finally a little tedious. Bay also makes the fatal mistake of forgetting to include a memorable or interesting villain. Instead we get a stereotyped paranoid drug dealer who is overly attached to his mother and daughter.

"we're americans, okay?" this one opens with the insecure, immature, hyper-violent macho duo as undercover klansmen (will smith framed in a slomo, low-angle hero shot dual-wielding in front of a burning cross) and ends with them literally invading cuba, heroically performing an extrajudicial massacre with the CIA and using a giant yellow hummer to detonate a poor housing community. probably the most ideologically incoherent and repulsively maximalist depiction of american exceptionalism/imperialism ever crafted, and because of that also probably the most honest one. a movie that hates you and itself. the rats fuck like us.

there's a part of me that believes in hope, love, and the endless beauty of the universe, that marvels at the wonders humanity is able to create, that knows despite everything there is something in us worth saving. and there's a part of me that fucking hates everyone, that sometimes wants to throw up my hands in anger and defeat and sit in a lawn chair and watch the world nuke itself. the only time those two parts overlap and merge into one coherent thought is when i watch this movie 350c69d7ab




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