The characters are also interesting. However, being black in 1930s Mississippi did them no favors. He begins telling the two young inmates digging the graves his friends' life story. Biologist Hugh Derry excitedly studies it, changes atmospheric conditions, and watches it grow at an alarming rate. No one wanders off alone to check something out, and no one splits up.
They are both at a club called Spanky's when Ray picks Claude as his mark to pick-pocket. He intends to give them a , but dies of a before he can do so. In 1997 present day , Ray and Claude are elderly, aged 90 years, living in the prison's infirmary. If you're not a fan of Eddie Murphy's humor, then skip this one. But what are we to make of their long decades together? This hysterical comedy gives a whole new meaning to friends for life. He catches the eye of a scout who states that he can get him out of prison if he will play baseball.
That without the unjust prison term, they would never have had the opportunity to enjoy such a friendship? The supporting cast includes , , , , , , , , and. Lawrence plays Claude Banks, a strait-laced ambitious young man looking to make an honest dollar and marry his sweetheart. And yet the more you think about it, the more peculiar the movie seems. Though the characters are largely victims, they represent an interesting mix of cultures and sexes. They both end up in the bad graces of the club's owner Spanky , and Ray arranges for himself and Claude to do some to pay off their debt, heading down south in order to buy a carload of 'hooch'.
In Life, director glides his camera along the corridors of the satellite as if it, too, were weightless, and the crisp editing and the intense score provide plenty of nervous suspense. Plus, no one is an invincible hero stepping up to save the day. All of this time, of course, they dream of escaping. All are treated as smart individuals, and none are tokens. Overall, Life is pretty basic, and it's a familiar story, but any story can feel fresh again when it's told well.
It's about friendship, I guess, and not social issues. There is no limit to their comical misfortune as they are placed at the scene of a crime and their mistaken identity lands them right in front of the judge. When was the last time that a movie made prison seem almost pleasant? They spend the next 65 years trying to escape from prison, while making new friends - Biscuit , Jangle Leg , Radio , Goldmouth , Cookie and Pokerface - and dodging guards Sergeant Dillard and Hoppin' Bob as their own friendship grows. Life is a film that combines the comedic talents of Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence in a film that possesses elements of both comedy and drama. Then it attacks and escapes, wounding his hand.
This is where the fun really begins as they soon realize how much different Mississippi is from New York, especially in the 1930s and for a black man. In the mid-1990s, two inmates bury the burned bodies of two lifers at Mississippi's infamous Parchman Farm; a third old-timer relates their story. Their characters are likable, their performances are touching, they age well, they survive. Around 1944, 12 years later, aged 37 years old, they meet a inmate nicknamed 'Can't-Get-Right' , a talented player and likely was the one to impregnate the Superintendent's daughter when he discovered the baby is biracial. There's lots of violence and tense, scary stuff. After all, they've earned it.
The film's format is a story being told by an elderly inmate about two of his friends, who are both of murder and given a in prison. The movie begins in modern times, 1997, with the main characters' funerals. In an effort to pay off Ray's debt and restore Claude's reputation, they travel south on a bootlegging run for some quick cash. They both find themselves in big trouble with Spanky, the club owner Rick James , who is in the process of drowning Claude when Ray saves both their lives by talking them into a job: They'll drive a truck to Mississippi and pick up a load of moonshine. Ray and Claude are sent to an infamous called 'Camp 8' now to perform hard labor.
The story that unfolds is irreverent and funny and has enough twists along the way to keep things very interesting. All of the duo's friends are gone either by death or release from prison, except for Willie, now confined to a wheelchair. The movie then flashes back to 1932 to begin telling their story, and continues as they age in prison in Mississippi. Murphy and Lawrence are so persuasive in the movie that maybe audiences will be carried along. The heart of the movie, however, takes place in prison, where after an early scene of hard physical labor, life settles down into baseball games, talent shows and even, at one point, a barbecue.
How does it encourage collaboration across nations? Ray and Claude, seeing an opportunity to freedom, try to convince the scout to help let them out as well, as they relate to 'Can't-Get-Right' and get him to play best. Not only do they represent a diverse cross-section of cultures and sexes, but they're treated like smart people. The early scenes move well although why was it necessary to send all the way to Mississippi for moonshine, when New York was awash in bootleg booze during Prohibition? Claude forms a friendship with Wilkins, and is entrusted to drive and pick up the new superintendent, Sheriff Warren Pike , the same man who framed them forty years earlier. Audiences surveyed by gave it a grade B+. Claude tells Ray of yet another plan he has devised, but Ray has accepted his fate of dying in prison. And their lives consist of episodes and anecdotes that make good stories--as when the white superintendent's daughter has a black baby, and the super holds the kid up next to every convict's face, looking for the father. Ray remains the realist and compromiser, and Claude remains more hotheaded; the warden likes them both and eventually assigns them to his house staff.
That night, the infirmary catches fire, and they seemingly perish in the flames. Twenty-eight years later, in 1972, Ray and Claude are now 65 years old. But life flows along and we get in the mood, and by the end we're happy to see the two old timers enjoying their retirement. But they run into trouble when a crooked lawman hits them with a phony murder charge. Murphy plays Ray Gibson, a fast talking con man who is always out to make the quick buck and looking to avoid pain at the hands of those he owes money. They retrieve a probe from Mars that contains a microscopic life form from the Red Planet.