Sight and Sound - 08/01/2002
"...[Rock] is a pleasantly fluid, flexible entertainer....His vibrant cadences create a sweet street melody..."
Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock join up in the action-packed buddy movie BAD COMPANY. When CIA undercover operative Kevin Pope is killed during tense negotiations for a nuclear weapon, agent Gaylord Oakes (Hopkins) recruits the man's twin brother, Jake Hayes (Rock), to take his place and prevent the bomb from getting into the wrong hands. The problem is that Hayes, a streetwise kid who scalps tickets and hustles people playing chess in the parks, didn't even know he had a twin--and now he has only nine days to learn to impersonate his impeccably dressed, well-educated, well-trained agent brother. Rock is funny in this fish-out-of-water story as Hopkins tries desperately to transform him--something he considers to be an impossible mission.
Joel Schumacher, the director of such well-regarded films as TIGERLAND and FALLING DOWN, ups the action quotient as Oakes and Hayes and their determined crew (including Gabrielle Macht) travel to locations ranging from Prague to New York to save the world. Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon, from NYPD Blue, plays Hayes' love interest, and Peter Stormare is the evil Vas. Hopkins and Rock make a great pair; Hayes is as loose as a goose, and Oakes is as tight as a drum. But as they get to know each other--and get thrown into dangerous situation after dangerous situation--they both discover a little something about life and love.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
Bad Company (2002)
Academy Award(R)-winner Anthony Hopkins (Best Actor, 1991, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) and the irrepressible Chris Rock star in this spy action thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat! Veteran CIA agent Gaylord Oakes (Hopkins) must recruit streetwise punk Jake Hayes (Rock) when Jake's identical twin brother is killed in the line of duty. With only nine days to complete a nuclear weapons negotiation, Jake has to go from smart talking to smooth operating and convince all parties he is the sophisticated brother he never knew. From Prague to New York the chase is on and the clock is ticking when more than a preemptive arms deal goes "bad."
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