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HTF REVIEW: "Bad Company" (with screenshots)

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ronald Epstein, Nov 13, 2002.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Bad Company




    Studio: Touchstone
    Year: 2002
    Rated: PG-13
    Film Length: 117 Minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (2.35:1)
    Subtitles: English and Spanish



    Two Mismatched Partners. One Messed Up Case!
    One would immediately expect that when you combine
    the talents of Producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Pearl
    Harbor, Black Hawk Down, Armageddon) with director
    Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys, Tigerland) the end
    result would be nothing short of a film that's
    wildly entertaining. Instead, Bad Company comes
    up as a loud, dumb joyless ride that seems to drag
    on forever.
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    With a plot usually reserved for B-movies, the
    film opens in the Czech Republic where Kevin Pope
    (Chris Rock in a double role) gets assassinated
    while saving the life of Agent Gaylord Oakes (Anthony
    Hopkins) during a CIA sting operation involving the
    purchase of a suitcase-enclosed nuclear bomb from a
    Russian Mafia lieutenant (Peter Stormare). To conceal
    Pope's death the CIA brings his twin brother, Jake,
    into the situation, promising him enough money to allow
    him to marry his girlfriend, Julie (Kerry Washington).
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    While Jake may look like his brother, he
    certainly isn't as sophisticated. With only nine
    days to go, Jake must be totally transformed from
    a street-hustling, cell-phone driven scalper to a
    well-mannered gentleman who can identify expensive
    shirts and fine wines and literally ends up saving
    the world all by himself. If you can believe this
    sort of nonsense, perhaps you deserve to like this
    film.
    The real question to be asked here is Why was
    Bad Company even made?
    . What is it supposed
    to be? An action film? There's not a lot of action
    to be found. A comedy? Damned if I even smiled once
    during the entire film. Fact of the matter is that
    Bad Company is an example of what happens
    when top filmmakers decide to engage in a careless
    and irresponsible cash grab. It's just a shame that
    a talent like Anthony Hopkins got caught in the middle
    of all this.
    How is the transfer?
    The only praise this DVD is going to get from me
    is its transfer. It's as good as one gets. Images
    are sharp and detailed, and the deep black levels
    add a bit of texture to the film. What strikes
    you most about this film is its variation of color
    tones. The opening scenes of the Czech Republic
    are warmly reproduced with nice golden colors. We
    then immediately go to New York City with its raw
    whites and brash backgrounds that come across with
    amazing clarity. A disco scene provides warm blue
    and red lighting. Two thirds into the film, there
    is a car chase across Prague's lush green countryside.
    I don't think you'll ever see grass look as vividly
    green as it does here.
    The DTS 5.1 Digital mix is a nice representation
    of the spacial quality and distinct sound direction
    the format adds to a film's soundtrack. There's a
    lot of thrust within this mix with nice robust,
    bass-heavy sound across the front channels. The
    Hip-Hop soundtrack provides a great deal of deep
    LFE channel boom. The rears provide a whalloping
    amount of effect noise that range from machine gun
    fire that bounces across the room to helicopters
    that fly from back to front. When there's absence
    of any of the overly loud action noise, the rears
    provide more quiet ambient sounds of New York City
    traffic or even a thunderstorm.
    Special Features
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    I was quite thankful when I went into the
    Supplemental area and found very little material
    to wade through. After having to sit through this
    film the last thing I needed was to look at a bunch
    of supplements that supported it.
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    The one and only feature here is a promotional
    featurette, In Bad Company: An Inside Look.
    I must admit, it was awfully difficult to sit and
    watch Schumacher, Bruckheimer and the cast promote
    this film as entertainment. Poor Anthony Hopkins...
    he tells us his agent called him and highly
    recommended he do this film. Ten to one that agent
    was fired shortly afterwards. The funny thing is,
    Hopkins admits to only reading half the script before
    he was signed. There's a lot of behind-the-scenes
    action shown here amidst the actors all praising
    one another. Schumacher ends it all by talking
    about how generous the people of Prague were for
    allowing him to shoot on famous landmarks. It
    certainly seems the cast had a wonderful time
    filming in that city.
    (length: approx. 12 minutes)
    Nothing else to see here -- you can all go home
    now. No commentary, no original trailer, no
    problems for this reviewer.
    Final Thoughts
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    Well, I'd much rather have an awful movie with a
    great transfer than the other way around, and that's
    exactly what you get here. If this film is your
    kind of mindless popcorn flick, you are going to
    be very happy with the presentation.
    Now, should I lower myself and use the cliche?
    Sure, why not. Here we go...
    Bad Company is a bad movie.
    Release Date: Now
     
  2. Jenna

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    Everyone has their "least favorite actor", and mine is Chris Rock. I find him completely, unbearably unwatchable...rude, crude, and obnoxious...so will be skipping this one completely. [​IMG]
     
  3. TonyD

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    i rented this for free and that would have been the only way i would rent it.
    it was awful.

    nothing happened in this movie. the entire film seemed to me like cris rock just running around and being chased.
    i don't even think there was alot of dialogue in this movie.

    one scene had him running in a stairwell for about 5 minutes. the whole movie was like that.

    what a waste.

    he is a terrible actor and gets parts by his name only.
     
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  5. Mark_Paul

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    I hate Chris Rock too. He ruined Nurse Betty. I will never watch this movie, let alone buy the DVD.
     
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    Ooh man, I just ordered this movie,,,[​IMG]
    Couldnt you reviewed this dvd a little earlier?[​IMG]
     
  7. Ronald Epstein

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    I know you are a busy man!
    Thanks for the review anyway.
    This time I just hope you are wrong, but unfortunally you seldome are!! [​IMG]
     
  9. Lewis Besze

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    Jens,I would just return it unopened!
    Yeah it was one of the worst movie I've seen a long time!
    I agree with Ron on this,word by word,avoid it like plauge.
    Chris Rock:[​IMG]
     
  10. Patrick Sun

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    Yup, this movie is mind-numbingly bad. I think you run the risk of losing IQ points if you watch it from start to finish.
     
  11. Yumbo

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    I liked it [​IMG]
    anyone notice the new feature: Register your DVD - thoughts?
     
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    I thought this was a great film in theaters. The DVD is not disappointing. Thanks for the review, Ron. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    The best way to see this movie is, or was, to see the trailer in the theater. When Chris Rock's character would spout some moronic line like "I WANNA WATCH OPRAH!", the collective groan in the theater was overwhelming.
     
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    Dang! I bought this as a blind buy!
     
  15. TonyD

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    chris d you might like it.
    different tastes dif people and stuff.
     
  16. Ronald Epstein

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    That's it. Everybody does have different
    tastes in film. I don't expect everyone to
    agree with me all the time.
     
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    I happened to like the film. It wasn't "holy crap that's good!" or anything, but it was entertaining.

    BUT! I watched the dts version and the sound cut out like 5 times throughout the movie. 3 of them were during chapter changes. Anyone else experience this?

    Clayton
     
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    Maybe if they put in Chris Tucker instead Chris Rock
    the movie may not be that bad. Guess Jerry Bruckheimer has
    reached his prime in movie making.

    Its a rental for me period.
     
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    I watched this last night and thought it was ok for a rental...kind of boring but not too bad...
     
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