"A Poor Catch"
What You Need To Know:
BAIT lacks originality and flounders without a good script. Although Foxx can be fairly entertaining in comedic venues, he plays the racial card yet again for laughs, thus tiring an overused theme. Regrettably, the comedy in this movie is marred by an abundance of foul language used by the characters and on the soundtrack. This, along with a moderate amount of violence and a scene of depicted fornication, makes BAIT somewhat of a disappointment, despite a few redemptive and moral story elements. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE® recommends extreme caution for viewers
(PaPa, B, LLL, VV, SS, N, D, MMM) Mostly pagan worldview of some characters & law enforcement involved in corruption & schemes with some moral elements including man considers family & is a hero; over 100 obscenities including some on soundtrack & 6 profanities, depiction of two men held hostage & implied execution style shooting, man shoots man, depicted woman tied up, men run from aggressive dog, man has a seizure, man pulls other man up against jail cell bars, man punches other man, man pours burning coffee on hostage’s lap, men struggle resulting in man being shot in shoulder, horses & jockeys fall when startled, horse rears & kicks at man, man drives van through large screen in stadium resulting in large explosion, man shot numerous times, & many car chase scenes & depicted crashes; depicted fornication which is also heard by a group of people over a microphone & kissing; upper male nudity & couple fornicating under sheets; smoking; and, lying, theft, computer hacking, heartless manipulation, & blackmail.
Director Antoine Fuqua directs rising star Jaime Foxx of ANY GIVEN SUNDAY in BAIT, a story of a thief used by the US Treasury Department to catch a killer.
Alvin Sanders is a petty theft criminal recently jailed for stealing. When he is placed in the same jail cell with a man who was an accomplice in a heist involving murder and robbing the U.S. Treasury Department, he is told the stolen gold is in “the Bronx Zoo.” Soon thereafter, the man dies, leaving Alvin as the only connection to find the real killer. He is questioned and threatened by the authorities, then thrown back into jail. However, the FBI has other plans for him, and, to his surprise, they let him go free.
What Alvin doesn’t realize, however, is that Treasury officials have bugged him so they can use him as bait to catch the killer, who is an expert computer hacker. Soon the killer begins to bite, and a battle ensues between the two. Alvin, caught in the middle, realizes he is bugged and begins to take actions on his own despite not knowing what is really happening.
BAIT lacks originality and flounders without a good script. Although Foxx can be fairly entertaining in comedic venues, he plays the racial card yet again for laughs, thus tiring an already overused theme. Reflective of his last comedy, HELD UP, Foxx’s abilities remain limited by the same role.
However, any comedy in this movie that does bring about laughs is marred by the abundance of foul language used by the characters and heard on the soundtrack. This, along with a moderate amount of violence and a scene of depicted fornication, makes BAIT somewhat of a disappointment, despite a few redemptive and moral story elements. Therefore, MOVIEGUIDE© recommends extreme caution for viewers.
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