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JONATHAN ROSS AT THE MOVIES: Comic's company hits rock bottom; BAD COMPANY Cert: 12, 116 mins.

Byline: JONATHAN ROSS

BAD Company pairs Chris Rock - a talented comedian who has yet to deliver a solid performance in a movie - with Anthony Hopkins, a talented actor who, it seems, will appear in any old rubbish if the money's good.

It is one of the worst movies ever made. The plot is not only wafer thin and impossible to believe, it also manages to drag on for almost two hours.

It has one of the laziest scripts I've ever experienced - it is so incompetent and clumsy that I suspect even Jade in the Big Brother house would find it lacking.

Stealing ideas from any number of other films, it not only fails to convince you that the characters could be real, it also serves up two-dimensional villains - all of whom are from the school of cliched East European bad guys.

Rock delivers a star turn that is so lacklustre I actually felt embarrassed for him. Hopkins just looks like a weird-shaped old bloke who is still playing with guns despite being ready for retirement - every time he's called upon to do something vaguely athletic I felt myself cross my fingers to help him make to the end without having a heart attack. Directed by Joel Schumacher, Bad Company hits new lows. It's a tired old piece of hack work from a director who should really be capable of more.

In short, it's a soul-crushingly bad film, worthless, empty and awful. It makes Scooby Doo seem like a high-minded art movie. Please don't go and see this film, please, please, please!

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 12, 2002
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