Some film critics already say Sony’s ‘Bad Boys for Life’ by long-time pair Martin Lawrence and Will Smith is the best of the Bad Boys sequel so far, but you’ll have to go experience it yourself.
DStv Uganda organized a pre-screening for the newly released movie on Thursday last week. The screening at Ham Cinema in Makerere happened a day before the official world premiere of the movie, and was attended mainly by the press and a few other guests.
The viewing was preceded by a cocktail party which served a good starter.
Cautious not to spoil it for the Bad Boys fans looking to catch the film, the general review is – the movie is high on action, humour, and the story is compelling.
Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the film is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Smith, and Doug Belgrad.
The story centres on detectives Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) who team up again for vengeance when someone starts murdering people involved in an old case.
Mike survives an assassination when he is shot 5 times by an assassin. It later turns out the assassin is Mike’s son and had recently helped stage the prison escape of his mother Isabel Aretas.
Mike is targeted for his role in a previous operation that brought down the Aretas cartel run by Isabel’s husband, who was sent to prison and subsequently died.
The plot to kill Mike will have you chewing on thrilling action with some of the high tech arms and machines. The story – a family turned foes, and Marcus’ determination to focus on his wife and kid while at the same time wanting to be there for his long time workmate – is worth following.
Martin Lawrence bring to the movie rib-cracking humour that will have you with teary eyes through to the end.
The film co-stars Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Núñez, Kate del Castillo, Nicky Jam, and Joe Pantoliano.
DJ Khaled who played ‘Manny the Butcher’ is also the executive producer of the film’s official soundtrack album.
The 10 song soundtrack also features tracks by Meek Mill, City Girls, Quavo, Rick Ross, Rich the Kid, Bryson Tiller, Nicky Jam, Daddy Yankee, Jaden Smith, Farruko, Pitbull, Lil Jon, Buju Banton, and DJ Dur.
At the Box Office, “Bad Boys for Life” was far and away the top movie at domestic theaters over the weekend, leaving Universal’s “Dolittle” in the dust as it collected an estimated $59.2 million in tickets Friday through Sunday.
As of January 20, 2020, Bad Boys for Life has grossed $68.1 million in the United States and Canada, and $38.6 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $106.7 million, against a production budget of $90 million.
In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside Dolittle, and was initially projected to gross $35–45 million from 3,740 theaters in its opening weekend, and a total of around $48 million over the four-day MLK weekend.
After making $23.5 million on its first day (including $6.36 million from Thursday night previews), estimates were raised to $68 million.