Nick Nolte, Eddie Murphy
Reggie: You got a lady, Cates?
Reggie: You know, the generosity of women never ceases to amaze me.
Jack (Nolte) is a cop who’s trying to catch two cop-killers. He enlists the help of a convict, Reggie (Murphy), who used to know one of the killers.
It’s good to see Eddie Murphy back in the days when he was funny. Long before he started talking to animals and dressing up in fat suits in all of his movies. He and Nolte have a pretty good dynamic in this movie, though their instant back-and-forth is a little hard to believe. It could have maybe built a little slower, but that’s not too big of a complaint.
The comedy aspect of the movie is pretty solid, but the action aspect gets a bit boring after a while. The early action sequence in the hotel was actually kind of compelling, but after seeing multiple shoot-outs throughout the movie, the final one is a bit dull, and sort of silly as well. Hope it’s not much of a spoiler to say that the bad guys lose in the end, but why did both of them basically walk (or run screaming) right at a gun pointed directly at them?
I liked the gritty, realistic feel that the movie had at times because it made the comedy stand out more in contrast. If the action didn’t have a serious, real tone, then the comedy would’ve probably suffered.
Overall, I liked it, but didn’t love it. Though, I will say that the women in the world of this movie do not get portrayed in a very flattering light. They’re pretty much all viewed as sex objects and/or just plain annoying. Annette O’Toole’s character starts off alright, but soon she’s just reduced to a harassing voice on the phone. Would it have been so hard to write in a strong, likable female role, even if it’s just a small one?
10 – 2 for a bland ending – .5 for some general ugliness, especially towards women – .2 for a few other hard to buy elements = 7.3