A spoof of buddy cop movies where two very different cops are forced to team up on a new reality based television cop show, while tracking down the manufacturer and distributor of an illegally made semi-automatic firearm.
Roper, a hostage negotiator catches a murderous bank robber after a blown heist. The bank robber escapes and immediately goes after the man who put him behind bars. The ending is played out with Roper and his partner McCall attempting to rescue Roper's kidnapped girlfriend. A major element in the plot is the relationship between Roper and his girlfriend.Written by
One of the reasons why Eddie Murphy choose to star in Metro is because he wanted to play serious and dramatic role in more serious action film than his previous films were. Even before he accepted the role in Metro, around early 1995 he was originally going to star in another action thriller titled Sandblast. The script for the film was written by screenwriter Steven Maeda in 1993 and he sold it to Joel Silver, famous producer of many action hits, and Warner Bros. for $750,000.
Described as both Die Hard and Cliffhanger in the desert sandstorm, the plot of Sandblast would have been very similar to the plot of John Woo's Broken Arrow (1996). It was gonna take place in Iraq desert after the Gulf War, and Murphy would play the lead role of ex-landmine expert and army specialist who has to help group of US commandos to stop the team of traitorous Green Berets from tracking down lost nuclear warheads which are somewhere in the desert wasteland, and while dealing with deadly terrain and huge sandstorm at the same time.
Once Murphy quit from the project due to scheduling conflicts and then went on to star in Metro, Wesley Snipes was hired to play the main role and there were plans to hire Jean Claude Van Damme to play the main villain, but since Snipes' latest films weren't a success and Van Damme didn't want to play the villain, Warner Bros. cancelled the project in 1996 and so it was never made. See more »
When a car flips over in front of the cable car, an obvious ramp, on the front of the car traveling in the opposite direction, catapults the car into the air. See more »
[Trying to open an impound car, talking about his ex-girlfriend]
She's going out with some baseball player called Greg Barnett.
Lt. Sam Baffett:
Damn that boy can hit... and throw... and run...
[pissed off at Sam's comments]
Damn... why don't you just get some pom poms and start yelling Greg... Greg... Greg. Fuck him!
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Scott Roper is a wise cracking hostage negotiator, he is however exceptionally good at his job. After bringing down a particularly nasty bank robber called Michael Korda, he sets about winning his old girlfriend back whilst breaking in a new partner, Kevin McCall. When Korda escapes from prison there is only one thing on his mind, revenge, can Roper outwit Korda once again? And if so, at what cost?
There has always seemed to me to be something of a negative bias towards post 1980s Eddie Murphy (Roper) films, it appears that no matter what, nothing that comes close to his best 80s efforts will ever be deemed worthy. Now I'm not saying that Metro is a world beater, or even close to Beverly Hills Cop and Trading Places, but it's an accomplished thriller with classy bits of Murphy humour thrown in. It also boasts splendid support from Michael Rapaport as Roper's intelligent partner McCall, both men playing off each other to good effect, while Michael Wincott with his gravel voice used to full effect, is impressively devilish as the bad guy of the piece. Let down by a weak female lead in Carmen Ejogo, and certainly the familiarity of the genre loses the film any real sense of impending dread, but for a quick fix of nonsense entertainment on a blustery cold night, it's a more than OK viewing. 6/10
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