Poor Bay­watch sunk by sense of deja vu

The Hastings Mail - - KEEP WARM FOR WINTER -

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.

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