Crazy like a Foxx
Review by Ross Anthony

Jamie Foxx (not to be confused with Jamie Farr of MASH) is running away from both the cops and the robbers in this TV-type action flick.

A sharp harpoon-handed FED uses shrimp thief Jamie Foxx as the bait to flush out a shark-hearted killer.

In hopes of attracting the cop-killing, high-tech mastermind of a 42 million dollar heist, convict Jaime is released on the streets along with a rumor that he alone knows the whereabouts of recently stolen US treasury gold.

Unaware that a transmitter has been implanted in his jaw, his life becomes a kind of "Truman Show" for the law-bending FED's dead set on capturing the cop killer, "Even if it means shooting through the bait."

Top FED David Morse is fiercely determined. Warped Killer Doug Hutchison is appropriately demented and cold. While Foxx, trying his best to stay alive and well, endears police voyeurs and the audience as well with gags from posing for mug shots like some super-model to heart-to-hearts with his girlfriend, "For about two and a half hours I had a very happy childhood."

Mike Epps does a standup, solidly believable, job as Jamie's brother in shallow thuggery. The chemistry between the two is the quiet catalyst for this action-comedy.

Plenty of gun shots, chases and appropriately-placed humor populate this quick paced and interesting story. Unfortunately, a few gruntable-implausabilities crawl in like roaches. Example: Over 35 FED's surveil this bait, but none are posted at the home of his girlfriend.

Overall, this fun, aptly directly film would play great on TV, but on the big screen ... it's just a notch above average.

  • Bait. Copyright © 2000. Rated R.
  • Starring Jamie Foxx, David Morse, Mike Epps, Doug Hutchison, Kimberly Elise, David Paymer, Robert Pastorelli
  • Directed by Antoine Fuqua.
  • Written by Tony Gilroy, Andrew Scheinman, Adam Scheinman.
  • Produced by Sean Ryerson at Castle Rock Ent.


Copyright © 2000. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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Last Modified: Saturday, 16-Sep-2006 08:18:43 PDT