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.
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.