Bad Company (2002 film)

Bad Company is a 2002 American action-comedy film directed by Joel Schumacher, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and starring Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins. The film became somewhat famous for its connections to the September 11th terrorist attacks; amongst other things, it was the last major production to film inside the former World Trade Center. The film plot, written years before the attacks, involved a variety of Serbo-Balkan extremists (including a man from Afghanistan) planning a huge attack in New York City. The film's release date was moved out of its late 2001 spot and into a summer 2002 release, similar to several other films with terrorism or violent crime-related stories, including Collateral Damage.

Bad Company
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoel Schumacher
Screenplay byJason Richman
Michael Browning
Story byGary M. Goodman
David Himmelstein
Produced by
CinematographyDariusz Wolski
Edited by
Music byTrevor Rabin
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date
  • June 7, 2002 (2002-06-07)
Running time
116 minutes
  • United States
  • Czech Republic
Budget$70 million[1]
Box office$66 million[1]

Plot Edit

When a mission to retrieve a stolen suitcase bomb goes awry, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent Kevin Pope is killed. Pope was working undercover as an antiquities dealer under the name Michael Turner. The CIA, which is desperate to complete the mission, discovers that Agent Pope had a twin brother, Jake Hayes, from whom he was separated at birth; their mother died giving birth and Hayes suffered from a severe lung infection that prompted the doctors to separate them because they felt that Hayes was unlikely to live for very long. Hayes hustles chess games, scalps tickets and works at small clubs in Jersey City, New Jersey to make ends meet. Meanwhile, Hayes's girlfriend, Julie grows tired of waiting for him to grow up and decides to move to Seattle, Washington.

After the CIA successfully persuades Hayes to participate and begins to train Hayes for a mission that is to take place in Prague, Czech Republic, they are initially dismayed by his lack of refinement. Agent Gaylord Oakes confronts Hayes, telling him he does not trust him. When Hayes begins paying attention, the CIA sets him up in his brother's old apartment in Manhattan to test him and try to bait the men who killed his brother. Hayes is attacked, but escapes unharmed. Looking for a way out, Hayes goes to his foster mother only to be found by Oakes, who persuades him to finish the mission.

After arriving in Prague, Hayes - posing as his dead brother - meets with the men selling the suitcase bomb. The seller, Adrik Vas is an ex-Russian Army Colonel with ties to the Russian Mafia. When they return to their hotel, Hayes is greeted by his brother's ex-girlfriend Nicole. Believing Hayes is his brother, she dines with him and returns to his hotel, where the couple is ambushed by rival buyers. Nicole figures out that Hayes is not his brother and returns to her assignment covering the Balkans for CNN.

Hayes and Oakes meet with Vas and are able to steal the arming codes. Just as they close the deal, Vas' men double cross them with the rival buyer. When the rival dealers, who are part of a multi-national terrorist organization, learn they cannot detonate the bomb because of the missing codes, they kidnap Julie. Hayes gives himself up trying to save his girlfriend, and the terrorists get the codes back and arm the bomb.

After interrogating one of the captured terrorists, they track the bomb to Grand Central Station. With the clock ticking, they locate the bomb and the terrorist leader Dragan Ađanić, who has started the countdown. Oakes rescues Hayes by killing two terrorists. As Hayes starts to enter the codes to disarm the bomb, Ađanić holds Julie hostage. In order to distract Ađanić, Hayes pretends to shoot Oakes, and they kill Ađanić by shooting him repeatedly. Hayes is able to disarm the bomb just prior to detonation.

Hayes visits his brother's grave. Later, Oakes approaches Hayes at his wedding to Julie and warns him that a dangerous criminal has escaped from prison and is seeking revenge on Kevin Pope, but since Kevin is dead and Hayes was impersonating him, the criminal thinks Hayes is Kevin. Hayes begins to panic and demands that Oakes protect him, but Oakes laughs as he reveals that it was only a joke and he really just came for the wedding.

Cast Edit

Filming locations Edit

Bad Company was partially filmed in Prague, Czech Republic. The scene where the suitcase bomb was handed over was filmed at Chotěšov Abbey.[2]

Reception Edit

Box office Edit

Bad Company failed to recoup its budget at the box office, earning only $30,160,161 in the United States and $35,817,134 outside the US for a worldwide total of $65,977,295.[1][3] The film was originally slated to be released on December 25, 2001 but because of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the film's release was postponed given the fact the film was about a terrorist attack on New York City.[4][5]

Critical response Edit

The film was panned by critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 10% approval rating based on 135 reviews, with an average score of 3.87/10. The site's critical consensus states [that both] "Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins fail to generate the sparks necessary to save the movie from a generic and utterly predictable script."[6] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade of "B" on scale of A+ to F.[7]

Seattle Post-Intelligencer reviewer William Arnold calls the film "wildly overproduced, inadequately motivated every step of the way and demographically targeted to please every one (and no one)."[8] Roger Ebert remarks in the Chicago Sun-Times that the film "jams too many prefabricated story elements into the running time."[9] On their review show, Ebert and Richard Roeper gave it two thumbs down,[10] arguing that it:

might have been considered original, had it been made before 48 Hrs., Lethal Weapon and Rush Hour and every other action movie about a racially mixed pair of partners who initially despise each other, but learn to, well, you know the whole drill.[11]

David Hunter of The Hollywood Reporter noted the film as having "all the familiar Bruckheimer elements, and Schumacher does probably as good a job as anyone at bringing off the Hopkins/Rock collision of acting styles and onscreen personas."[12]

Soundtrack Edit

A soundtrack containing hip hop, alternative and R&B music was released on June 4, 2002 by Hollywood Records. It peaked at number 98 on the Billboard 200 and number 11 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[13]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b c "Bad Company (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 29, 2009.
  2. ^ "Bad Company (Filming Locations)". Movieloci. Retrieved June 24, 2012.
  3. ^ "Bad Company". Bomb Report. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  4. ^ Diorio, Carl; Dunkley, Cathy (September 19, 2001). "'Bad' timing means pic shuffle". Variety. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  5. ^ Gowsell, Bill (June 13, 2021). "Touchstone and Beyond: A History of Disney's "Bad Company"". Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  6. ^ "Bad Company (2002)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  7. ^ "Cinemascore". Archived from the original on 2018-12-20.
  8. ^ Arnold, William (June 7, 2002). "'Bad Company' is a waste of 111 minutes". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Archived from the original on September 19, 2012. Retrieved August 29, 2009.
  9. ^ Ebert, Roger (June 7, 2002). "Bad Company Review". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2009.
  10. ^ "Ebert & Roeper - Reviews for the weekend of June 8-9, 2002". Archived from the original on 2002-10-16. Retrieved 2002-10-16.
  11. ^ "Complete Broadcast: Ebert & Roeper + 5PM News Open - KGUN-TV9 Tucson - June 9, 2002". YouTube.
  12. ^ Hunter, David (June 5, 2002). "Bad Company Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  13. ^ "Bad Company (Original Soundtrack) – Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved August 29, 2009.

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