Baywatch (15)

A team of hapless lifeguards-turned-wannabe-police attempt to foil a deadly criminal scheme.

Mitch (played by Dwayne Johnson) and his team of lycra-loving lifeguards take pride in keeping people safe while they work on their tan. However, when a sinister criminal scene threatens the Bay’s residents the gang spring into action.

The team of beautiful dum dums will have to step up their game to stop the bad guys. One major problem though. Budget cuts mean that their new recruits aren’t exactly Baywatch material.

Mitch is forced to hire former Olympian Matt Brody (Zac Efron) to get the media on side. But the reckless daredevil is as stupid as he is pretty so the mismatched duo clash from the get-go causing many of the movies laugh out loud moments.

However, the two hunks will have to work together to stop a deadly criminal organisation that threatens the future of the bay. In a battle of brain vs brawn the muscular morons will have to work overtime to save the day.

Baywatch was never going to be an intellectually stimulating movie. Beach please! You can tell from the trailer that it’s one of those features you can go along to and just rest your brain for a few hours. The transition from iconic TV series to the big screen has been done with ease.

While I wasn’t surprised by the amount of panning in and out of tits and ass and slow-mo runs on the beach, I didn’t expect to laugh so much. Baywatch is a genuinely funny movie.

Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock can do no wrong in my eyes. If you haven’t seen him in Pain & Gain you should really check it out. He plays a born-again Christian who just happens to be stacked AF. He gets involved in a criminal plot with Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Mackie and hilarity ensues. Trust me, you need to watch that movie.

But I digress, back to Baywatch. It’s worth watching for the quick one-liners alone. I mean it’s trashy as hell but so was the TV series.

By Ruth Walker

★★★☆☆

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