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on 8 February 2007
released in 1997 when eddie murphy was making more poor movies than good,metro is a film that shines just that bit brighter despite being unoriginal on many levels and trying to recreate some beverly hills cop moments as well,metro is a stylish enough movie and murphy is comfortable playing a hostage negotiator who has revenge on his mind when his partner is killed by a jewel thief.

The film suffers from the odd cliche and the love interest story which is everywhere in films like this is a tad over the top but when it comes to the action and the chases and the classic formula stuff then this film doesnt have to hide in the shadows from the classics,all in all ,metro is a solid film that wont force you to burn your die hard films or anything like that but retains its interest levels for the most part.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 9 February 2014
Scott Roper is a wise cracking hostage negotiator, he is however exceptionally good at his job. After bringing down a particularly nasty bank robber called Michael Korda, he sets about winning his old girlfriend back whilst breaking in a new partner, Kevin McCall. When Korda escapes from prison there is only one thing on his mind, revenge, can Roper outwit Korda once again? And if so, at what cost?

There has always seemed to me to be something of a negative bias towards post 1980s Eddie Murphy (Roper) films, it appears that no matter what, nothing that comes close to his best 80s efforts will ever be deemed worthy. Now I'm not saying that Metro is a world beater, or even close to Beverly Hills Cop and Trading Places, but it's an accomplished thriller with classy bits of Murphy humour thrown in. It also boasts splendid support from Michael Rapaport as Roper's intelligent partner McCall, both men playing off each other to good effect, while Michael Wincott with his gravel voice used to full effect, is impressively devilish as the bad guy of the piece. Let down by a weak female lead in Carmen Ejogo, and certainly the familiarity of the genre loses the film any real sense of impending dread, but for a quick fix of nonsense entertainment on a blustery cold night, it's a more than OK viewing. 6/10
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 5 June 2013
This is a different one for Murphy; he almost plays it straight as a hostage negotiator butting heads with a psychotic jewell thief . The action is tense in places and the director uses many a trick to tickle the senses, a favourite of mine is the bathroom mirror trick, you know, pretty girl alone in the apartment, walks into bathroom and opens the mirrored medicine cabinet, you think, there'll be a bad guy's reflection in that mirror when she closes the door, the mood music teases, the door closes, and ...... nothing, the heart returns to normal and ......she does it again, the door closes, and.....nothing. Sounds a bit trite but it really worked, my heart was beating lilke a gerbil. Some of the action is full on, there's an explosive, budget busting, car chase and a couple of good shootouts. Unusually, the script tries characterisation; Muphy plays an addictive gamber, his car is repo'd and we learn that his girlfriend has left him, this works to an extent but these scenes slow things down a little until the tension picks up when the psycho escapes jail and has Murphy's girlfriend firmly in his sights. Michael Rappaport lends support as Murphy's new partner and the dependable Michael Wincott shines as the gravel voiced bad guy.
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on 29 May 2013
I saw this film on television whilst in an isolation ward feeling very poorly. This film made me forget how ill I was and I enjoyed every minute of it. Just when you thought it was over another twist would step in, I just HAD to own it!!
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on 22 August 2004
If you like cop films you'd like this one.
Murphy plays a hostage negotiator for the San Francisco police department. His character, whilst does have some wise-cracks, is a more serious person than the character he played in Beverly Hills Cop. Like you'd expect real peopel to do, he jokes around with his friends and girlfriend but when he's on the job he's serious (most of the time). Consequently, if feels like a typical Hollywood action movie rather than an Eddie Murphy vehicle.
There are 3 basic stories which interweave:
Story 1: The Chief has decreed that Muphy's character takes on a partner to train in hostage negotiation. Yes, there's the initial resentment at the idea but the thing that lifts this film above similar ones is that the initial phase is not long and the two come to respect and like one another quite quickly. The training is *mostly* professional and it's clear they're working as a team
Story 2: During the initial phase of the mentor/trainee relationship, Murphy's character (forgotten his name and only finished watching the film an hour ago) goes out on a routine "conspiracy to commit crime" investigation. During the course of that, Murphy's partner gets killed. Although Murphy is forbidden from the case, it wouldn't be Hollywood if he didn't cross paths with the killer.
Story 3: One of the journalists who report his activities is an ex of his. He wants to get back with her but she now has a new boyfriend.
In short, it's a typical Hollywood cop film. In tone it's more like "Se7en" and "The Bone Collector" rather than "Beverly Hills Cop".
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on 25 June 2011
if the shambles that is known as beverly hills cop 3 had not been made then this could have been a cracking end to the trilogy even if it was not in beverly hills but you get the point. eddie murphy basically plays a cop(actually a hostage negotiator)who ends up being targeted by the brilliant baddie(michael wincott-along came a spider)who is hellbent on geting revenge on murphy for killing his cousin even though he was trying to kill eddie's girlfriend at the time and murphy is determined to bring him down for the murder of his partner. all said and done this is a very entertaining action thriller with murphy and young sidekick(michael rapaport-copland)trying to take down a ruthless robber/kidnaper/killer in a pacey movie with a few amusing comic moments which is the last good one with a couple of exceptions he made before he started his run of over the top comedy and kids films for the last decade. a reminder of why we all loved eddie murphy in the first place.
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on 15 February 2013
I chose this because its Eddie Murphy at his best , brilliant acting & a mix of comedy action & drama
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on 15 February 2006
the film was a reasonable movie, keeps you interrested in it for the full length but its a classic good cop has enemy style movie, i loved the lip reading scene.
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on 3 January 2014
Received in Excellent order and an excellent film just what I wanted to make the day seem normal after an Eddie Murphy film
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on 20 July 2015
Another classic from Mr Murphy
A great laugh and plenty of action in this entertaining movie.
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