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Bad Company
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10.07.2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
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Director:
Joel Schumacher

Actors:
Chris Rock
Anthony Hopkins
Gabriel Macht

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A fish-out-of-water story *yawn* about a slick talking NYC hustler (Rock) who has to impersonate the brother he never knew for a secret CIA mission along with a veteran agent (Hopkins) who doesn't believe in him. If you think you've already seen this...you're probably right! (except you've seen it under different titles with different actors)
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
By now, Joel Schumacher has ensured that his name will live on forever in the annals of bad films. Having ruined the Batman franchise while getting lucky with a couple of good scripts in the meantime (and no, I'm not talking about 8MM... that was pure excrement), he now moves on to present yet another one of his bland films which we've all seen a hundred times already. It seems every other week, a CIA agent gets shot, putting his unknown twin sibling in the bad position of having to impersonate him. Usually though, that sibling is hip, funny and has good chemistry with his co-star. In this case, he's Chris Rock and he has none of those qualities! Have you ever seen an actor and wondered why he was put in a movie? Have you ever seen a movie and thought that without that one annoying character, it might just be about 10 times better (I speak of you Jar-Jar!)? We all have, but how often is it that that annoying, unnecessary character happens to be the main one in the film?

In this case, we have a pretty decent, yet unoriginal, plot about terrorists trying to get their hands on a thermonuclear device in order to detonate it somewhere in the US (see various other movies of the type) while CIA operatives try to stop them. It would actually hold up on its own without the failed comic relief provided by the fish-out-of-water! Never mind that we have to wait almost halfway through the movie for the action to begin while we watch Rock try to become suave and serious (see various other movies of the type). Unfortunately for us, once it does start, it goes nowhere and we basically sit through about two hours of watching Hopkins and Rock act like a modern day odd couple (see various other movies of the type). Hopkins himself isn't much better as he cashes in an easy paycheck while carrying himself about with the entertainment value of a dead goldfish before you get him to a toilet. He's also getting quite portly and by the way...didn't he retire from acting a couple of years back? I guess he's working on the same schedule noted flake Alec Baldwin is using in order to make his move to France.

The only redeeming value here is a couple of good gunfights and some evil looking henchmen double and triple-crossing each other. There's also the obvious coolness factor of having CIA operatives all around. Other than that, there's nothing to really save this one from being just a run-of-the-mill, average throwaway flick.
THE EXTRAS
Not much here except for a canned studio cast interview collection called "In Bad Company: An Inside Look". For about 12 minutes, you can hear the cast members discuss how fantastic this movie is... ecch.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If it's the only thing left on your video store shelf, then maybe you can give it a shot but other than that, you can rent any other spy buddy flick and get a lot more bang for your buck..
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