Metro [DVD] 
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Police hostage negotiator Scott Roper (Eddie Murphy) fears he may be losing his touch when he ends up shooting a gunman during a bank heist. Soon after, his partner Sam Baffert is shot while making routine enquiries of jewellery dealer Michael Korda (Michael Wincott). Roper is soon investigating with new partner McCall (Michael Rappaport), but finds the case getting a little too personal when Korda kidnaps his girlfriend and holds her hostage in exchange for a batch of stolen diamonds.
Another Eddie Murphy action vehicle that pales in comparison to hits like Beverly Hills Cop, this standard cop-movie fare still manages to be engaging on the strength of Murphy's ease in front of a camera. Murphy plays an unorthodox hostage negotiator for the San Francisco Police Department on the trail of the criminal who killed his partner. Paired up with a bright new trainee played by Michael Rapaport (Beautiful Girls, Mighty Aphrodite), Murphy uses both his skills and his anger to hunt down the killer. A competent action movie, there are some standout moments such as a car chase culminating in a cable car shoot-out on the streets of San Francisco, and Michael Wincott's (The Crow) frightening performance as the villain. Metro offers up a standard action vehicle for Murphy to showcase his charm, as well as a moderate entertainment with some memorable moments. --Robert Lane
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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.
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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