Chips is a clumsy caper not worth its runtime, says Rashid Irani
Direction: Dax Shepard
Actors: Dax Shepard, Michael Pena
Rating: 0.5 / 5
First, a little background: Chips is an unwarranted reboot of a 1970s television show.
Dax Shepard, who wrote and directed the big-screen adaptation, also plays the lead role of a rookie police officer who needs to put both his life and his marriage back on track.
He is partnered with a straitlaced federal agent working undercover as a highway patrolman (Michael Pena).
Together, the bickering crime-fighters stir up a storm on the streets of Los Angeles. Their mission: to bring the perpetrators of multi-million-dollar heists to justice. To add a modicum of excitement, it seems that the robberies could have been an inside job.
Lame quips and (far too many) motorbike stunts are all you have to break the tedium.
The actors, including veteran baddie Vincent D’Onofrio, are inept; the director’ real-life wife Kristen Bell is an even bigger disappointment, in the brief role of his on-screen spouse.
All seen and sniggered at, this cheesy cops-versus-criminal caper doesn’t even qualify as a decent diversion.
Watch the trailer for Chips here