Metro [DVD] 
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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
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.
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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Another classic from Mr Murphy
A great laugh and plenty of action in this entertaining movie.
A good quality DVD in a good case. One of Eddy Murphy's best films.Published 17 months ago by Zap-man
a wickedly funny action thriller movie..and..it has Dolby Digital 5.1 sound too!!Published 19 months ago by cinemafan007
sorry about the above rating but I was so looking forward to seeing this film, I had seen it on t.v and bought this for my partner who was going to put it on a CD but we cannot, it... Read morePublished 22 months ago by jellybaby