Bad Boys for Life (2020)

I saw Bad Boys for Life in the new 4DX theatre at Event Cinemas Chermside. For those unfamiliar with the concept, the gist is that the movie’s most exciting bits – in this context, the action scenes or car chases that pop up every fifteen minutes – are rendered more exciting by chairs that swing around, puffs of air or even splashes of water. It is fun, but in the context of a feature length film (as opposed to a short screening at a theme park), it wears out its welcome.

The same can be said of Bad Boys for Life. It’s what you’d expect from a legacy sequel to a Michael Bay franchise (not directed by Bay this time, though there is a cameo). There are plenty of car chases, energetically realised by directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, all in the service of a silly storyline that…suffices. There are feints at modernisation – 4chan! Drones! – but beyond a clumsily-executed pacifism sub-plot, it’s what you’dexpect from a Bad Boys film.

The film is fun enough, but suffers less from its familiarity than its length. As Bad Boys 2 proved, you don’t need more than two hours for a Bad Boys film.

2.5 stars

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