After 25 years together, ‘bad boys’ are at the intersection of their exciting life: Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence). But the dramatic turn of events, even though one of them wishes, leads to more deaths, devastation, and appalling revelations.
In what should be the end of their careers, Bad Boys for Life comes to the close of its protagonists Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence). Burnett is a grandma now and wishes to retire. But Lowrey wants to be a bad boy: he wants to take down criminals, ideally like a badass, and never romantically settle down. But if anyone wants to murder Lowrey, both of them can’t do anything other than getting back into the game and crush some skulls.
They have company sadly for them. Miami PD’s elite unit, which specializes in high-tech crime killing tactics, is the charmingly called AMMO squad. Though specifically planned for creating a Fast & Furious family-style around Lowrey and Burnett (with younger stars such as Vanessa Hudgens and Charles Melton from Riverdale), this concept works. Leading by Rita (Paola Núñez), the main way in which the film lives is Lowrey and Burnett, which is evident in their evident yet successful attitude. And they’re not old, they’re tired.
Bad Boys For Life is like a less self-aware Fuzz, a film about how much pain the ass cops work with heroes. In particular, Lowrey is hotheaded enough that it would be upsetting to have someone other than Will Smith: bloodthirsty, careless, and self-interested, almost entirely unlike him. The excessive and intransigent charisma of Smith is the only explanation why Lowrey is working, and it is barely enough to even then for Will Smith, like Mike Lowrey, was not a firebrand. Today’s slang is not normal, and the lustful cop act is not right for him these days. However, Martin Lawrence? He’s fine and it’s always fun to look at them, and when the two find their rhythm – like an extended bit where they just sit on the plane and rub themselves up for a few minutes.
It is 2020 and Marcus now wants all violence in happy family life. But his crime partner Mike cannot quickly let go, because he is haunted this time by the horrors of his past and ruins the world around him. He has to do what is required to defend himself and to exact revenge, but he must first persuade Marcus to return to the game.
This is a basic story with a lot of new cast additions. But the one who leaves a lasting influence is Armando Aretas (Jacob Scipio), the film’s main villain – a tight young Mexican drug cartel boss whose deadly blow is assured that his sweetheart looks good. The ruthless widow Isabel Aretas, who practically calls the shots in this high-octane action-comedy, is also striking as Mexican-American actress Kate del Castillo is. Kelly (Vanessa Hudgens) has a new crack squad, named Ammunition, more young blood (Alexander Ludwig and Charles Melton), and it offers much freshness. But it is the leading couple of the film that takes its flawless fellowship one step higher. When together they’re the best. Whether it’s the towering individual and swashing spells of Will Smith or the poker humor of Martin, it works. It operates.
The plot and execution of the film remain true to the conventional trappings of an action entertainer that often hold you on the brink. While the elements of action and comedy like high-speed chases and clever one-liners work, the tempo partly falls. However, the climax of this movie includes more (almost too dramatic) revelations and beautifully performed action in Miami and Mexico’s picturesque areas.
Finally, it conveys the legacy of the franchise for bad boys and the magic of its leaders ensures the third time is a charm.