10 September 2005 | jmcserious
Could have been better . . . sans "Martin Lawrence"
I thought the movie started off very good with a serious tone of intrigue and suspense. That's what attracted me to watch it while channel surfing.
Although it's the first film I've seen with Steve Zahn, I thought he was genuine in his portrayal of emotion over the death of his fellow officer. His loyalty and respect for his friend and partner showed in every aspect of his acting.
Enter Martin Lawrence . . . then it became too silly.
As for, Bill Duke and Eric Roberts, they're always great in my opinion. Seasoned and mature actors.
I just can't take Martin Lawrence seriously. He's a funny comedian, but this type of silly slapstick takes away from the suspense of the film. The whole "bee" story, police academy farce, as well as the girl with the handcuffs, along with a few more so-called "funny" scenes, should have been re-written to better fit the plot. It's cute for situation comedy, but not for a movie that starts on such a serious tone. It's misleading and kills the suspense.
The movie would have been much better without it.