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Eddie Is Better Than Ever In ‘Metro’

Patrice Williamson Rogers

If you haven’t seen “Metro” yet, what are you waiting for? Axel Foley is funnier than ever in this movie. Wait a minute; Axel Foley is the character in Eddie Murphy’s “Beverly Hills Cop.” There are few differences between the two movies. “Metro” varies from “Beverly Hills Cop” in that the setting switches from Southern California to San Francisco and the lead character has a different name.

In “Metro,” Eddie Murphy takes on the role of Scott Roper, San Francisco’s hottest hostage negotiator. Roper loves his job, except for the part that sometimes requires him to shoot people.

After Roper’s friend is killed on the job by jewel thief Michael Korder (Michael Wincott), Roper becomes dominated with feelings of anger toward the villain. Roper knows that Korder is dangerous and needs to be locked up, but the cop has been assigned a new partner and another case. However, Roper decides to pursue his friend’s killer no matter what directions his boss has given.

Kevin McCall (Michael Rapaport) is Roper’s new partner. He has just graduated from the police academy with specific training in SWAT Team tactics. He proves that he is worthy of Roper’s attention and that his special skills are above the average rookie’s. He uses those skills to help save Roper’s girlfriend and kill the bad guy, Korder.

This action-packed comedy is a good film even though it isn’t the least bit original. The director and writers went with a tried-and-true formula and it works to a high degree.

The only place where this film falters is in the comedy department. While I found Murphy to be extremely hilarious, at times I wished most of the jokes did not include such foul language because I know Murphy can be funny without being a potty mouth.

The on-screen chemistry between the actors is excellent. The viewer can literally feel the tension between Murphy and Wincott’s characters in several scenes. Rapaport’s character stays cool throughout the film because he doesn’t make silly mistakes as novices to certain professions, in movies, often do. This saves the viewer from having to sit through a boring scene showing the rookie apologizing to his partner because he fails to pull off some miraculous feat.

“Metro,” or “Beverly Hills Cop IV,” is a fast-paced movie with lots of humor. Eddie Murphy has returned to the familiar role of the swift-talking clever cop and still manages to keep audiences roaring.

Grade: A-

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