17 years since the release of Bad Boys II (Michael Bay, 2003), the journey of the Bad Boys film series now continues with Bad Boys for Life . Although the directing chair has now shifted from Bay to the Belgian duo of directors, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah , Will Smith and Martin Lawrencestill present to play their two iconic characters, Detective Lieutenant Michael “Mike” Lowrey and Detective Lieutenant Marcus Burnett.

It is said, Detective Lieutenant Marcus Burnett, who recently became a grandfather, then expressed his intention to retire from the police. Intentions which, of course, received a cold reception from his partner, Detective Lieutenant Mike Lowrey, and caused a breakdown in their relationship. In the midst of these problems, Detective Lieutenant Mike Lowrey was subjected to a gunshot target by an assassin who made his condition critical. This incident clearly made Detective Lieutenant Marcus Burnett panic and then began investigating what happened to his colleague.

In contrast to Bay’s approach – which appeared in a cameo in one of the scenes in this film – which puts forward a bombastic action presentation, Bad Boys for Life prefers to highlight the dynamics of the friendly relationship that is formed between the two characters – as well as with the new characters who are in around them.

There’s no need to worry about the action elements in Bad Boys for Life. Scenes such as gunfights, explosions, or chasing and fierce battles between the characters decorate many angles of the story and are well executed. Far from being bombastic – or special – but it is a fun element to watch in the storytelling of this film. Arbi and Fallah were also successful in presenting Bad Boys for Lifewith a story rhythm that can flow well. Each conflict and character gets a satisfactory portion – including a half story that will provide the audience with information about various things that have happened in the two previous film series. The direction of Arbi and Fallah is clearly one of the elements that is able to revive the Bad Boys film series for a generation line that is likely to become its new fans.

IMDB Rating: 6.6

Genre: Action, Comedy


Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig


Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah