Published Dec 01, 2002What does one write about such an unforgettable film? That the marquee actors Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock didn't waste any talent on this project? That they took the money and sleep-walked away? How do you justify spending words, regardless of the economy, on such a recycled cardboard story?
Opening in the Czech Republic, we are introduced to the premise of the film fairly quickly. A team of supposedly crack agents is making a deal with a bunch of baddies for something real dangerous. Then the key dude (Rock) gets offed by another bunch of baddies. The agents, who we discover are CIA, realise they are well and truly SOL without the key dude. So, they manage to dig up the long lost twin brother Jake Hayes, also played by Rock. Naturally, ticket hustling, rap listening, chess mastering Jake is nothing like his classy Harvard educated milquetoast bro. In watered down Pygmalion-esque fashion, the new key dude is brought to speed by the head dude, Gaylord Oakes (Hopkins). The Agency is happy and on we go to fool the baddies and get the gold ring.
Ok, you can go now. You can probably figure out what's going to happen next. "Bad Company" isn't totally offensive, just pap. The only redeeming quality about it are the female characters all of whom are reasonably normal, avoiding the over the top stereotypes. And there are a few funny throwaway lines that are tossed to Rock, but overall it is a safe bet that you won't trip over anyone rolling in the aisle when you refill on popcorn.