Bad Boys: Ride or Die

Miami's finest are now its most wanted.

Action Crime Thriller
115 min     7.088     2024     USA


After their late former Captain is framed, Lowrey and Burnett try to clear his name, only to end up on the run themselves.


CinemaSerf wrote:
I'd completely forgotten about "Bad Boys for Life" (2020) but luckily there are were few flashbacks to remind me that "Mike" (Will Smith) had been the target of a son he didn't know about - "Armando" (Jacob Scipio) - and that both he and partner "Marcus" (Martin Lawrence) risked life and limb to get him behind bars. Well now, a few years later, "Mike" has just got married; "Marcus" has had a revelatory out-of-body experience and their beloved "Capt. Howard" (Joe Pantoliano) has been killed. The authorities become increasingly convinced that he was on the take from the drugs cartels. $20m in your bank account can arouse some suspicions - though the Porsche and beautiful waterside home of "Mike" might have too! Anyway, our duo are having none of these scurrilous allegations and decide to investigate. "Howard" expected some sort of disaster, so has left the pair some breadcrumbs that lead them to suspect that there is someone close to them who is corrupt. With the body count piling up, they turn to the incarcerated "Armando" who thinks he may be able to identify the ringleader. That just makes him a target too - so pretty soon it's a nimble, deadly and quite grumpy triumvirate who are on the trail of the murderers. From now on we have a standard and predicable action adventure with loads of lively pyrotechnics, car stunts and an hungry albino crocodile to accompany some quite witty repartee between the two men who are clearly very much at ease in each other's company. There's a bit of eye candy from Alexander Ludwig and the underused Vanessa Hudgens and the pace of the drama builds to a denouement that works well enough whilst screaming sequel at us loudly. It's nothing at all new, but is an engaging exercise in on-screen charisma and I did quite enjoy it.
r96sk wrote:
For a fourth outing, 'Bad Boys: Ride or Die' still finds a way to produce the goods. I enjoyed what I watched. The previous installment remains the clear standout of the series comparatively speaking, though I was pleased to see this one still deliver the nessacary entertainment; it's perhaps my second favourite from the franchise. It does have flaws of course, like I'd say it's more serious than humourous and the more sincere stuff doesn't always hit as intended; especially the bits about Howard. Still, there's enough positive humour in there. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence continue to please in the lead roles, they are a great match. The rest of the cast are all decent enough, Ioan Gruffudd plays what feels like a typical Ioan Gruffudd character well. Jacob Scipio, meanwhile, is pretty solid. I will say, though, that Rhea Seehorn is underused - she's way too good for these sorta bit part roles! There are also cameo-esque appearances from Tiffany Haddish and DJ Khaled, which sounds bad on paper but, actually, both of their scenes are actually quite amusing! Away from those onscreen, camera work and editing are both pluses. Do we need a fifth 'Bad Boys' film? No. Would I watch a fifth 'Bad Boys' film? Yes. Yes I would.
TheSceneSnobs wrote:
I didn’t know what to expect going into the fourth installment of one of my favorite buddy cop franchises. Having seen the first movie in theaters at age 13, I grew up with this series and had my doubts about its ability to evolve. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised. This film was a joy to watch, even though it was missing Theresa Randle, whose absence was felt. Despite this, the filmmakers managed to capture the heart and spirit that fans have come to love. The narrative remains engaging, and seeing these characters return was a real treat. The film experimented a lot with camera techniques and visual effects. While some of these choices didn’t resonate with me, they reflect a bold attempt to refresh the series. For instance, there are several action sequences that use innovative camera angles and CGI that might feel overdone, but they also add a new layer of excitement. This experimentation is evident in a particularly intense chase scene where the dynamic camera work heightens the tension, even if it occasionally feels a bit disorienting. Definitely A LOT of Neon. One concern I had from the trailer was the Reba McEntire joke, which seemed lame out of context. However, within the film, it actually pays off in a funny and unexpected way. This moment exemplifies how the film often exceeds expectations, taking seemingly minor elements and turning them into memorable highlights. The heart of the film and its story align well with what fans love about the franchise. The camaraderie and banter between the leads are as sharp as ever, providing both laughs and heartfelt moments. For example, a scene where the partners reminisce about their first case together brings a touch of nostalgia while reinforcing their enduring bond. Overall, this fourth installment is a pretty good sequel that honors the legacy of its predecessors while introducing fresh elements. Despite some reservations about the new visual styles, the film’s core strengths—its characters and story—remain intact. If you are a fan of the genre and especially this franchise, you’ll likely find much to enjoy here. The film strikes a balance between innovation and familiarity, ensuring that both longtime fans and new viewers can appreciate its charms.
GenerationofSwine wrote:
We liked Bad Boys because it was Lethal Weapon in Miami, and we like Lethal Weapon because it was just like the other 356 buddy cop movies we saw before it. It's a timeless LCD flick that you're going to go and see because you know it delivers.... ... the thing is, it didn't. This one took itself a bit too seriously. It had to, the actors are a bit too old to be on the money like with were in the first two... ... well Martin is, Will I think can still pull off the action bit. He's clearly still in good shape. But a lot of the comedy is absent, a lot of the bickering is gone, and we like buddy cop movies because we like the humor and we like seeing two hard men bickering like an old married couple... ... because men who have known one another forever tend to bicker like that and it's always fun to watch and listen to even when it's not in an action movie setting. And frankly, they lost sight of that too. So what is left is a buddy cop movie that forgot a lot of the tropes of the buddy cop movies... and that just doesn't work. We watched Bad Boys because it was Lethal Weapon, and we watched Lethal Weapon because we liked the other 789 buddy cop flicks we saw before it. But... again, it's 2024, our expectations are so low that we will let this slide and think it's great because, honestly, modern movies suck and this one didn't suck as hard. So back to 1995 when they remade Lethal Weapon and brought in elements from Miami Vice and... yeah, the movie still wasn't great, but it was really fun and entertaining and that is what counted.
MovieGuys wrote:
No bad but hardly remarkable either, Bad Boys, Ride or Die is a passable shake and bake, crime action flick. The downsides, in short order, include a rapper gangsta vibe, that's overcooked to the point of cultural cremation. Is no helped by humour, that's, for most of this film, rarely even remotely funny. The upside is what you would expect, polished and unrelentingly, over the top action, which, taken on its own, is entertaining. Backed by a serviceable, if basic, story. In summary, if you can look past the gangster, rapper bombast, Bad Boys, Ride or Die, is an enjoyable, synapse neutral, action flick, for a slow day or evening.Worth a look.