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Before he took to destroying the world with blockbusters like
franchise, Michael Bay's directorial career began with this buddy cop movie. Of course, there is more to Bay than just an affinity for explosives and
is a perfect example of his slick directorial abilities. In fact, this is probably the best buddy movie in years, with Bay's eye for inventive destruction and cool ultra-violence being further enhanced by the inspired double-act of a pre-
Men In Black
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, at the time best known for his supporting turns in such films as
. Indeed, such is the impact of Smith and Lawrence, it is hard to believe that Sylvester Stallone was rumoured to be linked with the project. The plot revolves around the audacious robbery of a huge cache of heroin, stolen almost literally from under the noses of the police (the drugs were being held as evidence). Enter our two heroes: Smith as the womanising bachelor and Lawrence as his married, strait-laced partner, who, in the only really fresh spin on the buddy format, are forced to swap lifestyles to fool the only witness to the crime (Téa Leoni). However, the plot and characterisation are largely irrelevant - just sit back and feast on the adrenaline-pumping action and the live-wire banter of the two stars.
Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett search for a $100million heroin consignment brazenly stolen by a French drug kingpin from the police evidence room. However, after a mix-up over a phone call from a potential witness, each cop has to assume the other's identity - Lowrey becoming the henpecked family man and Burnett the playboy. Michael Bay's action thriller, starring Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Tea Leoni, Tcheky Karyo and Theresa Randle.
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