The Death and Life of Bobby Z
- 1 hr 37 min
The Death and Life of Bobby Z is a 2002 film featuring Paul Walker and Laurence Fishbourne. The plot centers around a corrupt federal agent (Fishbourne) who uses a convict (Walker) to pretend to be Bobby Z, who has stolen millions from a crime family. Walker's character is chosen because of his similarity to Bobby Z, who has disappeared. Walker is forced into participating in this charade and quickly finds himself in mortal danger from all sides. Walker even has to convince Bobby's girlfriend and young child that he is Bobby Z. The girlfriend, of course, recognizes that Walker is not actually Bobby Z, but the two fall for each other. This movie is notable for its use of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) stars, including former UFC champions Tim Sylvia and Chuck Liddell. Walker himself has trained in MMA, and the fight scenes that he is involved utilize typical MMA-style techniques, including an interesting sequence that Walker has with famed MMA trainer Pat Miletich. MMA fans will enjoy these cameos and fight sequences for their authenticity. Walker's character is very similar to his character from The Fast and The Furious, where he played a police officer impersonating a criminal and found himself in mortal danger and in love with an innocent woman. This movie did not get much play in the theaters when it originally came out but is getting more play in the on-demand and DVD market. The sub-culture of MMA fans will enjoy watching so many of the sport's stars. Movie fans who have enjoyed the Fast and Furious movies will enjoy this movie as well.