Top positive review
Buy it, Watch it, Thank Me Later
on 21 May 2016
After watching and really enjoying this movie, I felt compelled to give it the write up it deserves.
==A Brief Introduction to the Plot==
Agent Oakes (Hopkins) of the CIA is tasked with finding and recruiting Jake Hayes (Rock), a gambling man not overly enamoured with law enforcement to join his taskforce and help complete a life or death mission. Oakes has been working with his partner, Kevin Pope (also played by Rock) deep undercover in Prague in order to infiltrate an international arms ring who also boast a bomb intended for America. Popes' involvement is crucial, so when he is assassinated in the line of duty, who better to impersonate him than his identical twin brother, Jake? Jake however is nothing like Kevin, so with only days of training, how will he fare when dealing with the organised and vicious criminal gang?
I'll keep this brief as I'd never want to inadvertently deliver a spoiler. I personally found this movie to be fast paced and easy viewing overall. Hopkins, while not giving one of his most noteworthy performances, was as iconic and brilliant as ever, portraying his role perfectly. Whist his talent for malice is renowned, I felt he showed an excellent range for the duration of Bad Company, with a performance spanning dark, somewhat sarcastic humour, that trademark malice, and moments of compassion and warmth. Rock also has to be commended highly, not only for his dual roles in the movie but also for the diverse range displayed; from the sophisticated and serious Pope to the sarcastic, loud and impulsive Jake, Rock really comes into his own.
I found the plot rather intelligent and well delivered, with the perfect balance of serious, heart stopping action and immaculately timed comedy moments, varying from the 'giggle slightly' right through to the 'laugh out loud'. I felt Bad Company walked the line perfectly, never allowing the action to detract from the comedy factor and vice versa. The film gets the full 5 stars from me, despite not being what I'd have usually selected.
The DVD unfortunately I would mark down slightly, and that is only due to the 'Extras' or distinct lack of. There really isn't much there to be had, but if the cast praising everything about this film is what you want to see, you've got everything you need. This is the one and only disappointing factor in my eyes, but sadly it's all part of the experience, so it's only fair to mention it. I personally wouldn't let it put you off. Bad Company, the feature film is surely what anybody is buying this DVD for, and if you're looking for a gripping, funny, slightly ridiculous action packed thriller, you've got everything you could ask for!