While spending a considerable amount of time in front of the big screen, I have come to realize there is a few key components in the making of a good or bad, “buddy cop” film. I’m not for sure, but I think that it is an unwritten rule that if you don’t follow these guidelines it is punishable by death. Or at least I hope that is the case, since this overplayed, overused and Not overly funny idea is replayed to movie watchers over, and over and over and over again and again.
Bad Company was a perfect example of this genre of film. The first and main component is the characters. In Bad Company we have Anthony Hopkins as our lead role. Hopkins plays his role as well as he could, but I honestly think this was bad casting. Hopkins is old enough now to be put in a wheelchair in the next few years, and is much more of the type that would have been 60 years old when the first James Bond film came out. So then, tell me now why is he trying to be Bond? Hopkins is matched with Chris Rock as his co-star. Rock plays the typical token black guy who is on the screen for mere amusement and to look stupid.
Putting these two actors together is like a bad train wreck. The two just don’t mesh together at all. The two may not be that bad in a different film, but the idea of CIA using Chris Rock’s character as a stand in for his twin brother? Someone had to at least question if this was a bad movie from the start. We’ve got, an old man trying to play bond, a mediocre plot, a token black man, and another attempt at a story about a separated at birth set of twins. What more could a movie lover want in a bad movie?
Although this movie had its ups and downs, I did enjoy it. Director Jerry Brukheimer has never been one of my favorite directors, his films always are way to cheesy for me. So in trying to be fair to the film, all in all it wasn’t that bad. It’s typical Brukheimer film making, and will attract at least some crowd. Is it worth the $6.25? Nope. But a late night rental when available on video might be worth your time. Might is the key word here.