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||Eddie Murphy, Michael Rapaport, Michael Wincott, Carmen
Probably a little to scary.
Sure, she might hold your hand for security.
Believe it or not - no. There's a shot of Carmen in a bra
and one or two boob shots on the beach in Tahiti, but that's
Oh yea. Throat slashing and gunfire.
Tons of it.
Quite a few. Eddie Murphy times them perfectly.
The cable car chase scene.
Here's a smooth line to get the ladies: The two lovebirds
are cooking food in the kitchen, Roper (Murphy) makes some
salad dressing, Ronnie (Ejogo) comments how it is missing
something, Roper says "It does need a little sugar. Why
don't you put your finger in there for the proper
sweetness." After Ronnie replies "Scott..." the comedic
Roper comes back "It's a joke, it's a compliment to you. I
could have said why don't you put your ass in this bowl..."
Me, I missed Eddie Murphy's big "comeback to
the big screen" in "The Nutty Professor," although now that it's out
on video I might have to be checking that out. But, I have read a lot
of comments about how Eddie is back, better than ever, stuff like
that. As I sat waiting for "Metro" to start, I was just looking for a
good action movie and didn't really care who was in it. Yea, so my
attitude was pretty simple, but I was just in the mood for some great
car crashes, gunfights, and maybe a decent story line, although the
story line wasn't that important. As the ending credits began to roll
for "Metro," I came out with more. Here was a movie that had one of
the best chase scenes I had seen in a while, a dude getting his
throat slit open, gunshots, a nice little love story, and Eddie
Murphy acting the way I remember him - a bad-ass when he needed to be
but funnier than hell when the time was right.
A Movie Review
The plot line for "Metro" is pretty simple. Eddie Murphy plays
Scott Roper, a cop/hostage negotiator, just out of a relationship
with the lovely, cute, and a smile to die for Ronnie Take played by
Carmen Ejogo. His partner/friend gets killed and Roper is dead set on
getting revenge. In the meantime he is supposed to train a new
hostage negotiator, and then he gets side-tracked by another hostage
situation when, low and behold, the man he is after happens to be the
man he is negotiating with. Chases on a San Francisco cable car,
gunshots, kidnapping, car crashes, sniper shots, and some really
cheesy action ensue for the rest of the film, and you know, as stupid
as some of the action is, it's the fact that Eddie Murphy can shift
from a bad-ass to a wise-cracking jokester that you don't expect the
most down-to-earth cop scenes. Why was a movie like "Beverly Hills
Cop" so successful? I think it was because you weren't looking for a
serious cop movie because Eddie Murphy was in it. It's kind of the
same in "Metro," for a serious cop movie with realistic cop scenes go
and hire someone like Dennis Franz. For a movie that can get away
with a killer busting out of jail through the laundry room, a cop
driving a "Fred Sanford Style" pick-up truck, and a gorgeous Cadillac
convertible being used to stop a cable car (hey - if you couldn't
figure out those scenes coming you really weren't paying attention to
the movie) you hire Eddie Murphy.
And then, through all of this action there is a love story, and it
plays an integral part in the climactic ending of the film. Roper's
girlfriend, Ronnie, is perky, fun, has a great smile, and knows just
how to play on Roper's past. Roper turns into the smooth-talking but
now a little more sensitive to the needs of his woman. It's simple
humor and an easy love interest to give your heart a chance to slow
down after the action-packed chase scenes.
All in all, this was a perfect movie for Eddie Murphy because he
can do that switch from bad-ass cop to smart-ass comedian so expertly
to not have you go "Why didn't the killer just shoot him?" About the
only problem I did have with the movie was in the filming of some of
the chase scenes. If Thomas Carter, the director, had the intention
of getting you dizzy during some of the chase scenes, he did a great
job. The choppy film cuts and bouncy camera movements almost had me
heading to the bathroom to lose my popcorn, it was kinda like
watching a poorly shot version of "NYPD Blue." I think the steadicam
dude forgot about the "steadi" part of his job. Oh well, just a
personal opinion on some of that cinematography stuff.
All in all "Metro" is a pretty damn good movie. You got a lot of
action, a nice love story, quality kills and gunfire, and Eddie
Murphy adding enough humor to make you forget that the story line is
sometimes pretty stupid. Cool. I give "Metro" 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!