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Bad Company

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

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DVD Features: Backstage footage; Photo gallery; Band and celebrity interviews; Biography; Hidden bonus track.

Bad Company
With its sluggish pace and dearth of high-octane adrenaline scenes "Bad Company" has virtually no action sequences. This might be okay if the storyline was interesting, but this film is merely recycles oft-seen spy movie cliches. The ending, like much of what transpires is so obvious that you can see it from the moment the opening credits end. Anthony Hopkins plays Gaylord Oakes, a CIA operative who has the unenviable task of turning small-time con artist Jake Hayes (Chris Rock) into a suave, sophisticated agent in nine days. The reason being that Jake is the identical twin of an agent who was killed on a recent CIA mission; and, unless he appears with Oakes to purchase a suitcase nuclear bomb, the weapon will be sold to a terrorist, who intends to detonate it in New York City. The first half of the movie concentrates on Oakes' efforts to transform Jake into a black James Bond, and the second half follows the duo as they try to avoid a holocaust at Grand Central Station. Hopkins sleep-walks throughout the film and Chris Rock seems to believe that this is a comedy so his usually hysterical shtick turns out to be both not funny and wholly inappropriate. Bad Company would be a bad movie without its unfortunate choice of locales for the climax, but the setting serves only to remind us of how inappropriate this film is, even 8 months past 9/11. Director Joel Schumacher can occasionally be counted on to make a good film, but this time he's failed miserably.

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