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Bobby Z
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Sep 3, 2007 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
John Herzfeld

Actors:
Paul Walker
Laurence Fishburne
Olivia Wilde

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An ex-Marine serving life in prison is granted an early release…if he’ll pose as notorious (and newly dead) drug dealer Bobby Z long enough to finish a deal that could save a cop’s life. But when things go south, the Marine gets stuck with Bobby Z’s son and must go on the run from drug lords, crooked cops and, oh what the heck, a biker gang too.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As much as I hate having to start a review like this, Paul Walker wasn’t too bad in this movie. There are some parts where he’s stronger than others (the comedy is a little forced and awkward), but I thought Walker actually pulled off the tough guy action role in a fairly fun and believable way. When he had to take an automatic weapon to nameless henchmen or act like a psycho prisoner I didn’t laugh my ass off like I expected.

BOBBY Z itself is not a terrible film, but it definitely feels straight to DVD. As a low key crime movie it’s entertaining enough, with a quick pace and some fun characters. Laurence Fishburne obviously relishes playing a slimy, self-interested DEA agent (i.e. he gets to shoot people and roll around with hookers) and he makes the most out of what’s unfortunately a small role. There’s also Joaquim de Alameida playing the same character he did in DESPERADO, as well as plenty of hot Mexican chicas (and Olivia Wilde pretending to be one). Director John Herzfeld does a nice job behind the camera and throws together a couple decent action sequences. (The plane dropping grenades on Paul Walker was pretty sweet.)

The script and story needed a lot more work, with the twists and turns being visible from miles away. However, my biggest gripe is the really annoying kid who plays Bobby Z’s son. The character (and the actor) really brings down the entire movie—just irritating, unbelievable and clumsily handled. He and Walker have horrific chemistry together, which is a major chunk of BOBBY Z. If it had just been Walker running and shooting people by himself, it would’ve been much easier to swallow.
THE EXTRAS
Behind The Scenes: Just your average interviews with cast and crew, except for two bizarre bookend scenes where some random old hippie yells at you about Bobby Z.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I was kind of hoping BOBBY Z would end up being boring so I could just write “BOBBY Zzzzzzz…” in this section, but it turned out to be a decent straight to video action movie; nothing special, nothing heinous. However, between RUNNING SCARED, FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS and this, I’m beginning to mildly like Paul Walker as an actor, which honestly scares the crap out of me.

Extra Tidbit: Director John Herzfeld also directed 2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY, which has a special place in my heart for introducing me (and the world) to a very hot, very naked Charlize Theron.
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