Directed by: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
Starring: Will Smith, Tom Holland
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Action
Release date: 31 January, 2019
Running Time: 124 Minutes
Marcus Burnett is now a police inspector and Mike Lowery is in a midlife crisis. They unite again when an Albanian mercenary, whose brother they killed, promises them an important bonus.
Bad Boys for Life is an upcoming American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Will Smith and starring Smith and Martin Lawrence. The sequel to Bad Boys (1995) and Bad Boys II (2003) and the third installment in the Bad Boys trilogy, the film follows detectives Lowrey and Burnett reuniting once again when a Romanian mob boss exacts revenge on the duo just as they are about to officially retire.
A third Bad Boys film was discussed after the success of the second, with original director Michael Bay stating he would be interested in returning but budget constraints would make it difficult. The film went through several attempts at development over the next decade, with various writers and directors attached. Finally in October 2018 the project was officially announced, and filming took place from January through June 2019 in Atlanta and Miami.
Bad Boys for Life is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on 17 January, 2020, by Columbia Pictures.
The once inseparable duo of Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery is coming apart: an aging Burnett has become a police inspector while Lowery, suffering a midlife crisis, is assigned to head up AMMO, a “young guns” group of millennial cops with whom he has nothing in common. Both of them reunite once again when a fierce Romanian mob boss, whose brother they defeated years earlier, exacts retaliation on Mike just as the duo are about to officially retire.
In June 2008, Michael Bay director of the first two Bad Boys films, stated that he may direct Bad Boys III, but that the greatest obstacle to the potential sequel would be the cost, as he and Will Smith demand some of the highest salaries in the film industry. By August 2009, Columbia Pictures had hired Peter Craig to write the script for Bad Boys III. In February 2011, Martin Lawrence reiterated that the film was in development. In June 2014, Bruckheimer announced that screenwriter David Guggenheim was working on the storyline for the sequel. Two months later, Lawrence said a script had been written and parts had been cast. By June 2015, director Joe Carnahan was in early talks to write and possibly direct the film. In August 2015, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced that Bad Boys III would be released on February 17, 2017, and that additional sequel, Bad Boys IV, is scheduled for release on July 3, 2019. On March 5, 2016, the film was pushed to June 2, 2017. Producers planned to begin production in early 2017. On August 11, 2016, the film was pushed back once again to January 12, 2018, to avoid box office competition with the upcoming DC Comics film Wonder Woman, and retitled Bad Boys for Life. Lawrence revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that filming may start in March 2017. On February 6, 2017, it was announced that the film’s release date has been delayed for the third time, to November 9, 2018. On March 7, 2017, Carnahan left the movie due to scheduling conflicts. In August 2017, Sony removed the third film from their release schedule and later in the month Lawrence said the film would not be happening.
In February 2018, it was reported that a sequel film was again being planned and would be directed by Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprising their roles. According to Geek Worldwide, the third installment in the Bad Boys franchise will film from November 2018 to March 2019 in Miami and Atlanta with the release date scheduled for 17 January, 2020.
In October 2018, Variety revealed that Sony was close to green-lighting the film’s production. In December 2018, it was reported that Joe Pantoliano, who played Captain Howard in the previous films would return to play the character. In February 2019, Kate del Castillo joined the cast of the film. In March 2019, it was reported that Theresa Randle, who played Marcus’s wife, Theresa, in the previous films would also return to play the character.
Principal photography began on January 14, 2019 in downtown Atlanta, Georgia and wrapped on June 7, 2019 in Miami Beach, Florida.
The film will be composed by Lorne Balfe. Both trailers for the film included an remix/mashup of “Bad Boys” by Inner Circle (the franchise’s theme) and “Bad Boy for Life” by P. Diddy, Black Rob and Mark Curry. Artists The Black Eyed Peas and J Balvin released a song titled “Ritmo”, which served as a lead single on October 11, 2019 for the film’s soundtrack.
Bad Boys for Life is scheduled to be released on 17 January, 2020, by Sony Pictures Releasing.
The first official trailer for the film was released on September 4, 2019. The film’s second trailer was released on November 5.
Bad Boys for Life Movie Trailer
Bad Boys for Life Movie Review
Any film that includes a scene in which DJ Khaled gets a cleaver in the face is a winner in my book. In Bad Boys for Life, not only does DJ Khaled get a cleaver in the face, he also gets ‘another one’ on the fingers.
It is one of the most satisfying moments in a film that is almost scientifically designed to appease the broadest demographic possible. And despite displaying – of late – a tendency to tarnish everything he touches, even the sudden appearance of Michael Bay isn’t enough of a distraction from the film’s genuinely (and surprisingly) involving plot.
It’s sort of serendipitous that Sony couldn’t afford to get Bay back as director. I can only image the damage his handheld digital cameras and quick cutting and gross worldview would have done to the film, especially a third act chase scene, which harkens back to more conservative times in Bay’s career, before he was let loose with immense budgets and a lack of oversight.
Incoming Belgian director duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, who’ve given themselves the fittingly flippant credit ‘Adil & Bilall’ in Bad Boys for Life, do a solid job of mimicking Bay’s lurid visual style. Every outdoor scene seems to take place either during sunset or at night; and such is the lecherousness with which their camera views Will Smith, that were it a person, you’d be complaining to HR immediately. On several occasions, Adil and Bilall also break out Bay’s famous 360 hero shot. But wisely, they do not co-opt Bay’s problematic tone; in that regard, Bad Boys for Life is more like a Fast & Furious movie.
Detectives Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) are hardly Bad Boys anymore. They are Good Men — or at least, they’re trying to be. A lifetime of leaving violence in their wake has shaken them up, Marcus more than Mike. But when a mysterious assassin begins systematically eliminating every individual who was involved in the incarceration and subsequent death of his father several years ago, Mike and Marcus agree to jump back in, one last time.
The odds were stacked against Bad Boys — Will Smith is experiencing a lull in his career as a leading man, 17 years have passed since the last entry in the franchise, and in those 17 years the idea of action films has changed drastically.
The box office potential of long-dormant franchises is difficult to define in absolute terms. For every Jurassic World, there is a Blade Runner 2049; for every Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, there is a Mad Max: Fury Road. In both these examples, the better films made less money.
Interestingly, after delivering one of the biggest duds of his career in Gemini Man, a film in which he addressed his anxieties about themes such as legacy and parenthood, Smith finds himself drawn to similar ideas in Bad Boys for Life. One scene in particular essentially functions as a retread of a similar scene from that Ang Lee film, almost as if Smith is trying to get it right this time, now that he’s helped himself to a second bite.
This is one of the few dramatic through-lines that serve as the spine of the story, which is otherwise replete with wisecracks and dumb action. The crucial difference between Bad Boys for Life, and, say, Bay’s recent 6 Underground, is that Adil and Bilall pull it off with a twinkle in their eye and their tongue firmly in their cheek.
Screenwriters Chris Bremner, Peter Craig and Joe Carnahan — the latter of whom was also supposed to direct at one point — lay narrative set-ups with care, and pay them off handsomely. And they’re not above having a laugh at their own expense when they compare the plotting of the film to that of a Telenovela.
Bad Boys for Life, for its audience, will be an immensely enjoyable experience. It’s a shame that Sony has roped in Rohit Shetty to endorse the movie in India, in an attempt to associate the film with his brand of action, because it’s so much better than that.