Enema of the State?
Bait is a bargain basement clone of "Enemy of the State," with enough
changes made to it to prevent the producers from getting sued.
Jamie Foxx stars as Alvin Dean Sanders, a small time hood who winds up
sharing a jail cell with part of the team that pulled the heist of the
century: the blood-soaked robbery of a US gold bullion repository in New
Unfortunately, Sanders' cell mate dies after leaving him with a cryptic
one line clue as to where the $42 million in gold is buried. He spills
the goods under interrogation by a tough Treasury officer (David Morse),
but when they investigate the clue they can't find the gold.
Flash forward a year and a half and Sanders is released, but with a radio
and location transmitter mounted secretly into his jaw that will let the
T-Men follow his every move. He's the bait in their high tech trap for
the elusive, computer-genius (Doug Hutchison) partner to Sanders' dead
Thus begins a roller coaster ride for Sanders (but, alas, not for the
audience) as he tries to get his life together while his old cronies try
to rope him back into a life of crime - all while Morse's Agent Clenteen
and his staff keep him out of jail but always in danger.
It isn't that Bait is a bad movie. It has plenty of action, some light
moments, and good performances. It doesn't really transmit in advance
what's going to happen, either. It has plenty of problems, though, including
a bad guy who, while he may be a fine actor, really makes it appear in
this role that the producers wanted John Malkovich but he was busy so
they hired Hutchison and made him do his best Malkovich impression.
The biggest problem, though, is that Bait can't decide if it's an action
film or a comedy, or both, and in the end this works against the whole.
Foxx is likeable as the confused fish out of water, and Morse is appropriately
mean (which may come as a surprise to those who've seen him in "The Green
Mile" and "Contact"). The rest of the cast also give good performances;
it's just too bad the movie never lives up to its considerable potential.
In the end, if you want to see this type of film done better (without
the comedy, which doesn't really work in "Bait" anyway), take a look at
"Enemy of the State."
The widescreen DVD (16x9 compatible) looks and sounds top notch. The
video is pristine, and the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio is clean and full.
Extras include a full-length commentary by star Foxx, and cast/crew bios.
Bait, from Warner Home Video
119 min. widescreen (2.35:1) 16x9 compatible, Dolby Digital 5.1
Starring Jamie Foxx, David Morse, David Hutichison, Kimberly Elise
Produced by Sean Ryerson
Written by Andrew Scheinman & Adam Scheinman and Tony Gilroy, Directed
by Antoine Fuqua
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