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January 03, 2009

Bait

Bait Comedian Jamie Foxx carries this sub average cop suspense movie with leading man aplomb. Alvin Sanders (Foxx) is a clowning criminal who gets jail time for stealing a bag of shrimp. Sanders' cellmate passes along clues about a big gold heist, before going cold on giving up anymore information. U.S. Treasury investigator Bristol (David Norse - "The Crossing Guard") descend on Sanders with a tracking microphone to secretly implant inside Sanders' jaw to help nail a gold heist mastermind. Well paced, but weak on story, character, and variety, "Bait" is an underwhelming effort from director Anton Fuqua ("The Replacement Killers"). Foxx shows more potential than the filmmakers with his sly humor, and David Norse makes a tough nut of an investigator that Sanders can’t resist taunting.
Rated R. 119 mins. (C-) (Two Stars)

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