The 1999 comedy was directed by Les Mayfield and written by Michael Berry, John Blumenthal and Stephen Carter. It’s the story of Miles ( Martin Lawrence ) a bank robber disguising himself as a cop to retrieve a diamond that he stole, now in police custody.
We start off the film with Logan, a vaguely-competent thief robbing a diamond with his stoner companion Tulley ( Dave Chappelle ), Eddie ( John Hawkes ) and Deacon ( Peter Greene ). Turns out Deacon’s a good for nothing backstabber and kills Eddie. One thing leads to another and the heist is a bust! Chappelle gets arrested, Deacon gets off scott free and Logan is left to seek revenge. Now this probably sounds a bit like a hood version of Kill Bill – it’s not. It’s 1000% a comedy, very much with a hint of Bad Boys echoing in the background, in a revenge kinda way.
Desperate for a quick buck, aka a diamond worth over 15 million$, Logan decides to break into the local police station to get the necessary information and maybe take out Deacon if all goes well. It’s a laugh of an intro. First he’s a pizza guy with dentures ( my God that scene is cringe, seriously it stands out as the weird goth sheep in the flock ). Then he steals a police ID from Carlson ( Luke Wilson ), a straightman just trying to do his job by the book, not big on anything else really. The dynamic is very much Agent J vs Agent K, just backwards and not as good.
The film then becomes a Rush Hour esque film revolving around Martin Lawrence doing a variety of sidequests, Chappelle shows up, he does cop stuff and overall…he does stuff.
While Blue Streak never did anything overly original, or execute anything to a spectacular degree, it remains a solid-overall lighthearted comedy with decent acting and a few nice laughs. 7/10.
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