Poor Baywatch sunk by sense of deja vu
brash new recruit Brody. Johnson and Efron have charisma in spades, with Johnson having rescued many films by sheer force of will and likeability. But even the Rock is no match for the cynicism, lack of ambition and sheer incompetence of this film. It starts promisingly enough, with a five-minute opening stanza that briefly made me hope for another 21 Jump Street- style parody.
But, nah. Writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon ( Freddy vs Jason) haven’t got two solid ideas to rub together, and their story soon reverts to a lazy farrago of gross-out set-ups tenuously linked by some tired rubbish about drug gangs and corruption in city hall.
All of which we have seen done better, many, many times before. By the time Anderson and Hasselhoff turn up for their achingly predictable cameos, whatever affection or hope we might have had for this Baywatch have long sunk beneath the waves. – Graeme Tuckett
Even the undoubted charisma of Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson can’t save the Baywatch film. The Rock is no match for the cynicism, lack of ambition and sheer incompetence of this film.