Monday, May 03, 2010

48 Hours (1982)

48 Hours is a quintessential 80’s buddy cop movie. Albert Ganz escapes from prisonin order to retrieve $500,000 stolen in a heist two years back. In the process, he manages to kill three cops with detective Jack Cates’ gun, infuriating Cates. Because of Cates’ lack of respect for the rules and proper procedure, he forges a signature to get Reggie Hammond (Eddie Murphy), a former accomplice of Ganz’, out of jail on parole for 48 hours to help catch the cop killer and his partner.
This was one of the first white-black buddy cop movies. Eddie Murphy uses his comic skills in many racist situations, such as a redneck bar. His posing as what he thinks a cop would be like was one of the funniest parts. My favorite quote was, “You said bullshit and experience is all it takes, right? Then come on in and experience some of my bullshit”. Though this movie was only an hour and a half, it seemed slow and dragged on at some points. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the constant darkness and rainy atmosphere. Even the scenes set during the day had a hazy and grey lighting, without blue skies. This heavy-handed approach to letting me know that the bad guys were bad and being a cop is rough didn’t appeal to me. Though it was a funny movie, Eddie Murphy was better in Trading Places and Coming to America, and the buddy cop genre is better in Lethal Weapon, in my opinion. I would recommend those films before this one.

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