Friday, June 22, 2012

Blue Streak (1999)

Number Rolled: 72
Movie Name/Year: Blue Streak (1999)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Length: 94 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Director: Les Mayfield
Writer: Michael Berry, John Blumenthal, Stephen Carpenter
Actors: Martin Lawrence, Luke Wilson, Peter Greene, Dave Chappelle, Nicole Ari Parker, Graham Beckel, Robert Miranda, Olek Krupa

It’s a funny thing about expectations. There are times I will sit down to watch a movie and think it’s going to be great only to find that it sucks, other times I’ll sit down to think I’m about to waste two hours and wind up completely absorbed by the story. I definitely sat down with a groan to watch this movie.

I’m not a fan of Martin Lawrence. I don’t mind Luke Wilson, but I feel like he’s type-cast a LOT. I find Dave Chappelle annoying most of the time (though I loved him in Robin Hood Men in Tights). To top it off, the cover they used on Netflix for the movie was ridiculous. I thought it was going to be horrible. I was expecting it.

Honestly, it really wasn’t so bad. It had its annoying Martin Lawrence-y parts that almost turned me off, but for the most part it was pretty entertaining. You get this jewel thief who goes to jail after hiding his last heist in an air duct only to find, when he gets out, that the air duct belongs to a police precinct. In an “undercover” operation of his own, he pretends to be a cop to get it back and a series of semi-predictable but funny events take place.

In the long run, it’s not something I’m going to go out of my way to recommend to people, but I won’t warn them about it either. The majority of it is very stereotypical of this kind of movie, but the ending was cute and it wasn’t terribly done.

All in all? A basic “C”.

Overall Opinion – 3/5

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