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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Bad Boys: Ride or Die (2024) - A High-Octane Reunion

Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5/5 Stars)

Released 06-07-2024

Watched 06-09-2024

Reviewed 06-10-2024

Watched in the theater Using Cinemark Movie Club

"It's like Redneck Jurassic Park in here!"

The fourth installment of the Bad Boys series, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die,” delivers an exhilarating mix of action and comedy that fans of the franchise will love. Directed by Adil & Bilall and starring the dynamic duo Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, this film brings back the high-octane energy and camaraderie that made the series a hit.

The plot follows Miami detectives Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) as they embark on a mission to clear the name of their late Captain, Conrad Howard. This journey is packed with twists, heart-pounding action sequences, and plenty of laughs. The storyline is engaging, weaving together elements of mystery, conspiracy, and personal redemption.

One of the standout aspects of “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” is the chemistry between Smith and Lawrence. Their banter and comedic timing are as sharp as ever, providing a perfect balance to the film’s intense moments. The supporting cast, including Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, and Paola Núñez, add depth and flair to the narrative. Newcomer Tasha Smith, as Theresa Burnett, seamlessly steps into her role, bringing a fresh dynamic to the team.

The action scenes are top-notch, featuring explosive chases, shootouts, and a climactic showdown at an alligator-themed amusement park that is both thrilling and visually stunning. The film also doesn’t shy away from emotional beats, with moments of introspection and heartfelt connections that add layers to the characters.

Despite its many strengths, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” is best enjoyed by those familiar with the previous films. The intricate plot and character relationships may be challenging for newcomers to fully appreciate without the context of the earlier installments. This slight drawback is why it falls just short of a perfect score.

Overall, “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” is a must-watch for fans of the series. It encapsulates the essence of what made the Bad Boys franchise a beloved action-comedy staple while introducing new elements that keep it fresh and exciting. Whether it’s the nostalgia of seeing old characters return or the thrill of new adventures, this film is a wild ride worth taking on the big screen.


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