‘Beverly Hills Cop 4’ Script Review!
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As the world of movie fans hold their breaths in the hopes that maybe all this time we’ve had Brett Ratner pegged wrong and that he may find a way to deliver on fun projects like Beverly Hills Cop 4 and God of War, our pals over at Latino Review got to check out the script for the former and confirms that… no, no we didn’t have Ratner pegged wrong and yes, everything he’s doing is likely to suck something awful.


My apologies for the exclamation point in the title, it was uncalled for.

Latino Review’s source, El Chavo, basically says that what they’re apparently calling Beverly Hills Cop 2009 (can this possibly be final title?) is completely unoriginal, boring, and no fun at all.

The script, by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma), has Murphy’s Axel Foley return to Beverly Hills 15 years later to investigate the death of his old friend Judge Reinhold’s Billy Rosewood. Aside from a small shootout and chase in the beginning, the story goes a while with no action until Axel gets into a small fistfight. What’s in the middle, El Chavo says, is quite boring and unfunny and riddled with F-bombs. Axel teams up with the fat LAPD rookie and a limo driver and acts like a supercop.

The basic story of Beverly Hills Cop 2009 isn’t terrible. It’s a pretty standard police corruption story that has a personal edge for Axel Foley, and Brandt and Haas make it feel like an 80s action film by keeping the action more grounded, even though the final fight does include RPGs. But there’s no fun in the movie and it feels like it needs another draft to make the film an Axel Foley adventure and not a generic cop getting revenge picture.

Overall C+

Yikes. I’m not even sure that sounds C+ worthy, but there you have it. This isn’t to say that things won’t change around as time goes on and a more polished script may come into play, but so far, all sounds really just awful.

BHC 4 is looking for release in 2010.

1 Comment »

  1. That the script of Beverly Hills Cop IV is changed, and I agree with you, because I think the movie shouldn’t have as a plot that Billy fall over the 20th floor of the police of Los Angeles’s building, and Axel Foley shouldn’t make a couple with the new policeman Goodwin. In my point of view with this plot the movie risk poor takings, like the 3rd movie. In my opinion in the movie should be the original cast of the 1st and 2nd movies, with Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Ronny Cox and Paul Reiser. I believe the script should be that Billy, that take part in special unit DDOJSIOC (Deputy Director of Joint Special Inter Operational Command), find a criminal organisation implicated in drug traffic, and with them the police department of Los Angeles co-operate. But this organisation put a bomb in Billy’s car, it explode, but Billy has a miraculous escape, and then receive death threat, and for this reason he ask an help to Axel, to his old friend, John Taggart, that is retired in Arizona, and to the chief of police of Beverly Hills, Andrew Bogomil. Finally they become a good team, like the 1st and 2nd movies. And I would that at the start of the movie, Axel in Detroit make a couple with Jeffrey Friedman, his friend in the first two movies. So Axel help Billy in his investigation, they find that the chief of Los Angeles’s police is implicated in the drug traffic. The movie should be an action-comedy, like the 2nd movie, where there are quite a lot of shooting, and the end should be that Axel, Billy, Taggart and Bogomil go to the police department of L.A. and start a shoot-out. The movie should be like that, I don’t want that became horrible like the 3rd one. I would want that it could be funny, that he wear the Detroit Lion’s jacket, that there is the original music of the movie and that Axel is the chief of Detroit police.

    Comment by Claudio — December 27, 2008 @ 7:33 am

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