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Review Bon Cop Bad Cop (2006): A good buddy cop film!

genre: action, comedy, crime

Two Canadian cops one from Ontario called Martin Ward (Colm Feore) and one from Quebec called David Bouchard (Patrick Huard) are teamed up against their will once a body is found on the border line. They have very different methods of getting the job done and they clash over that constantly. Naturally this leads to a lot of comedic situations while they are trying to catch a serial killer.

I had watched this a long time ago but the sequel inspired me to watch this again and I am happy to report that the original still holds up and is very much on par with it's sequel. More so than in the sequel this is more focused on the case and how the two cops are in each other's way instead of working together. Naturally they bond and learn to work efficiently but not before some damage is done. Martin Ward doesn't want to work in the field any more, he is a stickler for the rules and rather wants a desk job while David Bouchard is the complete opposite. He is impulsive and reckless and is the actual one who gets them into trouble more than he is helpful. Martin calls him Rambo on steroids while intoxicated after David managed to trigger a trap set by the Tattoo Killer. The moments between the two cops are the funniest. They don't really like each other that much but realize they don't have much of a choice but to follow through. Another element that also plays a part in the sequel is the language barrier. Well, Martin Ward does speak French but since David Bouchard is speaking with a strong dialect even he can't make out what he is saying. But it is fun to watch two Canadians make fun each other's language like that causes such a huge difference culturally which of course isn't the case. 

The Tattoo Killer plot line is interesting enough but not much effort is put into making it truly horrifying or thrilling. It's just a plot element to move the events and characters along and nothing more. In hindsight I think they should have made more work of it since it would have added to the viewing experience. But I guess that they wanted to maintain a consistent tone and not make it too dark. Some events might seem gruesome they never feel like it since comedy is not that far behind. 

One thing both the original and sequel have in common is it's pacing. It's a little slow and perhaps a bit too long. But because the main characters are likeable it's not a big deal. Overall Bon Cop Bad Cop is a good buddy cop film and I wished we would have more of these since when done right they are a lot of fun. So I am grateful that the original spawned off a sequel and let's hope a third one will follow soon.

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