Two of Hollywood's hottest comic actors have just become the wildest partners-in-crime to ever hit the streets of L.A.! Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler star in the hilarious saga of a cop, a crook and a beautiful friendship gone sour. Once inseparable pals, Archie Moses (Sandler) and Rock Keats (Wayans) find themselves on opposite sides of the law, each feeling betrayed by the other. In fact, the only person who hates them more than they hate each other is ruthless drug kingpin Frank Colton (James Caan), who wants to put them both six feet under! Now, through a strange twist of fate, Moses and Keats are on the run - together. With a little luck, the bungling boys just might get out of this one alive...if they don't kill each other first!
Damon Wayans and Adam Sandler actually work together pretty well as action-flick buddies on opposite sides of the law. The story line is familiar, to put it mildly, as car-thief and drug-courier Sandler is set up and busted by Wayans's undercover cop, a man he's come to trust with his life. Dozens of movies, including Quentin Tarantino's great Reservoir Dogs
, have tilled this fallow field before. But for once we can actually feel the bonds connecting the two tough guys, and the pain of their falling out, even when the movie dawdles over repetitious squabbling scenes. Cinematographer-turned-director Ernest Dickerson (Juice
) gives this modestly budgeted programmer an unusually high visual gloss, with punchy high-speed action scenes that recall the Hong Kong blowout work of John Woo. James Caan leers and glowers entertainingly as a criminal mastermind, and lynx-eyed Kristen Wilson makes a dazzling femme fatale. --David Chute