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Overall Rating

Awesome: 3.51%
Worth A Look: 5.26%
Average: 7.02%
Pretty Bad: 31.58%
Total Crap52.63%

5 reviews, 27 user ratings

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Bad Company (2002)
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by Jason Whyte

"Hey this title hasn't been used before, has it?"
2 stars

With "Bad Company," Joel Schumacher has once again taken a step in the wrong direction. A director whose resume seems to baffle me with every new film he makes, he's a man who can make something interesting like "Tigerland" or even "Falling Down," and yet has been stuck in bad Batman movies and John Grisham film adaptations. And his new film casts him into the Jerry Bruckheimer pit of style over substance (I'm assuming Simon West, Dominic Sena, Michael Bay, Tony Scott and David McNally were busy).

The film opens on Gaylord Oakes (Hopkins) who fumbles a possible nuclear bomb purchase, partnered with a serious looking Chris Rock, who gets shot just as he's trying to escape. As it turns out, Rock has a twin brother named Jake Hayes, who is played here by a comedic Chris Rock, who spends the entire film doing his schtick without saying the F-word. This doesn't spell good for the crinkly old Oakes, who must turn Hayes into a carbon copy of his old partner to seal the nuclear bomb deal in nine days. If not, the bomb will be sold to the next highest bidder, a terrorist who intends on detonating it in New York.

"Bad Company" is too without thrills and too vapid in its execution to make the viewer care about the post 9/11 trauma, and there's a lot of obvious material here. Action die-hards will be bored stiff -- there's hardly an entire action sequence here, mostly scenes of a LOT of yelling and bad plot developments. It gets even more incomprehensible towards the end, where all the action cliches mix like fish in a blender. Schumacher directs on auto-pilot, pretty much in the same lighting, camera movement and feeling as many previous Bruckheimer productions.

As Oakes, Anthony Hopkins isn't really much of a commanding presence. I've always found him to be immensly watchable whenever he's on screen, yet here, he is mostly standing around in a big overcoat or with a cap on, delivering crucial lines of dialogue and not much else (I will admit he has a rather funny closing scene, that would work even better in another movie). Chris Rock, on the other hand, is downright irritating, and the real problem here is he doesn't have the R rating to let him go, so instead he shrieks a lot of unfunny PG-13 material into the mix. I'll stick to his standup when I want him to make me laugh.

Schumacher's smaller, more independent "Phone Booth" came out just after "Bad Company" was released, and it strikes an ironic chord into the existence of "Bad Company." Did Schumacher make this crappy film just so he could finance his pet project? Did Schumacher just bend to Bruckheimer's rules of masturbatory filmmaking? It sure appears so, because I still believe Schumacher is an interesting director with talent up his sleeve, but apparently with nowhere to put it. And films like "Bad Company" are proof that he's better than this.

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User Comments

2/09/14 Charles Tatum Energetically directed, but even Hopkins looks bored; Rock is awful, as usual 2 stars
2/05/07 Abs Shocker.Film shot seriously, with Chris rock's lame oneliners ruining it's believability 2 stars
8/24/05 ES What the hell was Chris thinking? 1 stars
4/24/05 ye well...i thought it wuz pretty tight. 4 stars
4/18/05 Monday Morning This movie sucks, but it's not a good suck. 1 stars
2/21/05 Captain Craig Rock is way over his head with Hopkins. He should stick with Jackie Chann. Flawed 3 stars
3/07/04 Vince Waste of Hopkins' talent - overall pretty much pathetic 1 stars
1/08/04 A F I turned it on, then I went and looked up porn on the web. 1 stars
6/10/03 Jack Bourbon zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz 2 stars
4/08/03 Jack Sommersby The two leads are fun to watch, but the material is so fucking stale. 1 stars
11/24/02 Colin Selby Hopkins seems to have decided to do anything if the price is right.Drivel 1 stars
11/02/02 Josh I felt physically ill after watching this absolutely lame movie 1 stars
9/12/02 laron chapman so funny,it will crack you up 4 stars
9/10/02 John McNew A poorly done, rtread of ancient cliches and plot formula 1 stars
8/19/02 Mr. Hat (I'm Back!) The best part is the end, where they show something direly needed: Agent w/ a social life. 3 stars
8/15/02 Gary Woodhouse Typical Schumacher/Bruckheimer, what do you expect? Enjoyable action flick if you like them 4 stars
8/02/02 Tiffany Faye Hawthorne One of better post-cold-war spy flicks 5 stars
7/19/02 gary vidmar Chris Rock was his usual self--the master of comedy. i loved this movie! 5 stars
7/19/02 Dom Corleone I hate bruckheimer 2 stars
6/30/02 Dude Fuckhiemer turns everything he touches into liquid shit! 1 stars
6/25/02 Peckerneck Go see "The Best of the Chris Rock Show"... aaah...that's better.... 2 stars
6/18/02 The Chronic Mastubator Rock can NOT lead a film, and is there a more bizarre pairing than he and Hopkins. -------> 2 stars
6/15/02 malcolm not bad, in spite of Chris Rock 3 stars
6/12/02 Obi Wan Why is Fuckhiemer allowed to make shit like this, 60Secs, Coyote Ugly the list goes on!!!! 1 stars
6/08/02 MyztiQ i've seen worse, not as bad as EricDSnider says 3 stars
6/08/02 Jake Rock hasn't starred in anything decent. 1 stars
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