The film that very much put director Michael Bay on the map, Bad Boys
did little harm either for the starring duo of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. And while one of those two actors has gone on to do just a little bit better than the other, there’s little doubt that the seeds of Bay’s directing style are all present and correct here.
Thus, subtlety goes out of the window, and massive action sequences and wise-cracking ensues. And to be fair, Bad Boys is very good at these. If you want easy, big budget entertainment, Michael Bay is very much your director, and this is one of his better films.
It’s somewhat inevitably a solid home cinema workout, too, with Bad Boys always likely to be a strong candidate for a catalogue Blu-ray release. So it proves. From the speaker-shredding explosions to the vibrancy of the action captured by Bay’s camera, this is a loud, brash and intense workout for any half-decent home cinema equipment. That it’s tied to a fun, rewatchable action flick makes it a solid, all-round package, and the kind of disc you might just find yourself reaching for time and time again. --Jon Foster
Martin Lawrence, Will Smith, Tea Leoni, Tcheky Karyo, Theresa RandleDirector: Michael Bay