Blue Streak Movie Review
In what can only be considered an attempt to cash off Bad Boys, Martin Lawrence stars in Blue Streak, an action comedy that can't decide whether it wants to be more comedic or more action-packed.
In what seems to be a trend in the last few movies I have seen, comedy is a delicate subject. But where the other movies I have seen recently are romance comedies, this is an action comedy, and really can only be considered a comedy. There are some scenes where the movie is real action (like the climax), but those few scenes make me wonder if the director was going for an action movie with comedy, because comedies with action don't work. Seventy-five percent of the film, at least, is comedy, but that does not mean it is funny. Blue Streak suffers from Martin Lawrence syndrome, or, in other words, an inconsistent revenue of funny stuff. There are some scenes where Martin really shines, but there are some others where you just want him to shut up and sit down. One scene in particular, where Martin has dressed up as an ugly pizza delivery guy, really stands out, as he goes on for a minute dancing and hollering like a madman, for no apparent reason. This isn't the only time.
Luke Wilson, on the other hand, finds humor only once, even though his character seems like the kind that brings comedy constantly to the big screen. He's one of those wimpy, rookie cops that is a little bit too cautious, but the movie never gives him enough time to really make an impact.
Furthermore, the plot only pops out in the last forty-five minutes of the film, and even then, it isn't clear what it has to do with anything. Sure, there are drug dealers, but that is about it.
This is not to say that Blue Streak is bad. In fact, it does have quite a bit of enjoyable scenes. The action is a little trite, but still suspenseful in a few rare moments. There are some really funny scenes and during these scenes, Martin really shines.
Watch this movie, but don't expect too much.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.