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Metro
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Starring: Eddie Murphy, Michael Rapaport, Michael Wincott, Carmen Ejogo
MPAA Rated: R
Kiddie Movie: Probably a little to scary.
Date Movie: Sure, she might hold your hand for security.
Gratuitous Sex: 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 about it.
Gratuitous Violence: Oh yea. Throat slashing and gunfire.
Action: Tons of it.
Laughs: Quite a few. Eddie Murphy times them perfectly.
Memorable Scene: The cable car chase scene.
Memorable Quote: 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..."

Metro
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:57 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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.

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!!!

 

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