“Bad Boys: Ride or Die” Shines as a Modern Action Classic

by Barbara

In the world of iconic buddy teams, names like Butch and Sundance, Murtaugh and Riggs, and Carter and Lee have become synonymous with their eras. Think “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Lethal Weapon,” and “Rush Hour.” For the 21st century, Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett step into the spotlight. You know them better as the Bad Boys.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Miami—captured in postcard-worthy cinematography—detectives Lowery (Will Smith) and Burnett (Martin Lawrence) attend the wedding of their late boss Captain Howard’s granddaughter. The celebration turns chaotic when allegations of corruption within the Miami Police Department surface, implicating Captain Howard. Sensing a setup, the dynamic duo embarks on a mission to clear Howard’s name and unmask the real culprits.


“Bad Boys: Ride or Die” is a masterclass in action filmmaking, blending over-the-top action sequences with perfectly timed comedic moments. Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah immerse the audience in the action, reminiscent of Dev Patel’s work in “Monkey Man.” A behind-the-scenes glimpse reveals the cutting-edge technology that makes the experience akin to a live-action episode of “Grand Theft Auto.”


Smith and Lawrence have grown into their roles, showcasing undeniable chemistry forged over nearly three decades. Their camaraderie shines in every scene, a testament to their long-term partnership. Remarkably, they’ve only produced four films in this series, allowing their characters to develop organically—a stark contrast to franchises like “Fast and the Furious,” which often churn out formulaic sequels. Eric Dane also delivers a standout performance as a formidable villain, adding a palpable sense of menace to the film.


The production values are top-notch, highlighted by the exquisite cinematography of Robrecht Heyvaert. The film even receives an endorsement from the series’ original director, Michael Bay, who makes a playful cameo.

So, as you find yourself humming the “Bad Boys” theme, make your way to the local cinema and join Lowery and Burnett on their latest adventure. You won’t be disappointed.

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