Film / Blue Streak

Blue Streak is a 1999 action comedy film directed by Les Mayfield and starring Martin Lawrence. The film is a remake of the 1965 British film The Big Job, although the original film is uncredited.

Miles Logan (Lawrence) is a reputed jewel thief who, along with some accomplices, successfully steals a $17 million diamond in Los Angeles. After an argument with one of the accomplices as to how the profits from the diamond should be divided among them, the police close in on them, and Logan is forced to hide the diamond in the air conditioning ducts of a construction site. He is then arrested. Two years later, Logan is released from prison whereupon he seeks to reclaim the diamond, which should still be there in the ducts. To his dismay, he discovers the construction site was that of a police station. In order to get in to retrieve the diamond, he is forced to pose as a cop. Hilarity Ensues.

Has nothing to do with Sonic the Hedgehog.

This film provides examples of:

  • Ascended Extra: The role of Tully was greatly expanded after the crew was impressed with Dave Chapelle's performance.
  • Affably Evil: Logan's a well known jewel thief, but he's also a funny, easy to work with fellow, and is very supportive of the people in his crew, like Tully and Eddie. Outside of bank robbing, he has very little interest in other crimes.
  • Big Bad: Deacon plays with this trope. While he is Logan's main threat in regards to getting the diamond, and the relationship between them is very personal, at the end of the day, he's still just a thief: Once LaFleur gets his hands on him, his fate is in Logan's hands, and Logan only proves willing to kill him when Deacon tries to kill Logan.
  • Bittersweet Ending: More sweet than bitter. Carlson and Forsythe learn that Logan's actually a jewel thief, and let Logan go as he's now on the other side of the border. But the trio part ways on good terms, Logan's got his diamond at long last, avenged Eddie against Deacon, and the last shot is of him walking into Mexico, looking forward to spending his ill-gotten, but hard-earned riches.
  • Black and Grey Morality: Logan's an ex-con, but a fairly sympathetic Noble Demon, while the LAPD, despite being somewhat corrupt, are equally likeable, and just trying to do their job of keeping Los Angeles safe. Deacon, on the other hand, is a murderer and backstabber, and LaFleur is a ruthless drug dealer who tries to get Logan to shoot his mate.
  • Buddy Cop Show: Blue Streak has all the elements of one on the surface, but with Logan being a jewel thief posing as a cop to retrieve his prized possession he left behind two years prior, it's a subversion of the genre.
  • By-the-Book Cop: Luke Wilson's character, though Logan rubs off on him a bit.
  • Cowboy Cop: Logan becomes this after turning into a cop.
  • Delivery Guy Infiltration: Prior to posing as a cop, Logan unsuccessfully attempts to get into the station by posing as a pizza delivery boy. Fortunately for Logan, since he managed to swipe the keycard from Luke Wilson's character with this guise, he was able to infiltrate the station as a cop days later.
  • Donut Mess with a Cop: At one point, Logan sees a box of donuts and happily grabs one, only to put it back with the words, "I'm not a cop."
  • Faux Affably Evil: Deacon tries to be personable when prying Uncle Lou for Logan's location, but quickly resorts to violence when lying to his face fails. Even before that, he's proven himself to be an entitled jerkwad by killing a fellow thief during a heist because $4.25 million isn't a big enough share for him.
  • Foil: Logan, aside from minor hiccups, is able to assimilate into the role of a cop with ease, despite being an ex-con, and having no prior experience of the work. Carlson's a trained officer who is yet painfully naive about the work, and too much of a stickler for the rules. Naturally, they become fast friends.
  • Gentleman Thief: Subverted with Logan. He steals for the thrill, has some strong standards, and is very charismatic, but his likeability is due to being a down to earth, everyday guy outside of that. He has very little class, is willing to get physical, and gets frustrated very easily, lacking the outward trappings of this archetype.
  • Handshake Refusal: At one point, Logan is introduced to a high ranking police officer who extends his hand to shake. He had previously spied the man applying lotion to his private parts, so instead hugs him.
  • Hellhole Prison: Logan gets Deacon to put down his gun and give him the diamond by pointing to all the Mexican police cars heading their way. In his words, "don't nobody want to go to jail in Mexico". Deacon agrees that being "someone's bitch" is better than being "someone's señorita".
  • Honour Among Thieves: Logan plays it straight, and it's implied that Eddie did to, given his shock at Deacon's betrayal. Averted with Deacon, for obvious reasons, and Tully, who while ineffectual, still attempts to blackmail Logan years after the failed heist.
  • If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: At one point, Logan, still posing as a cop, is forced to pose as a drug dealer as part of a sting operation. The head of the ring asks him to shoot a man to prove he isn't a cop. Since he hates the other man, he obliges immediately, but shoots him in the arm. When told more specifically to kill him, he hesitates for a long time and would have failed the test if not for the other cops showing up.
    • The same scene also counts as a subversion of Shoot Your Mate, as Logan does not like the guy he's asked to kill.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Years ago, Deacon betrayed Logan and got a friend of his killed. After tricking him into passing over the diamond, Logan double crosses deacon and leaves him for the Mexican police, only to kill him when Deacon tries to pull a gun.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Logan's specialty. Two other detectives envy him, and one suggests using a phone book next time. Bonus points for one of the suspects being a friend of his.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Logan mistakenly says in Spanish: "I have a cat in the pants." When called out on it, he tries to explain it as a macho thing.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: Deacon double crosses the crew and gets Eddie killed, and Logan in jail, because he's unhappy with only getting a quarter of $17 million with the diamond, and wants the whole thing. Not only does he not get the diamond, Logan eventually arrests him both for trying to get the thing off him again, and for killing Eddie, and finally kills him when Deacon pulls a gun on him. Should have gone with the quarter share, mate.
  • Saltand Pepper: Carlson representing the former and Logan the latter.
  • Shadow Archetype: Adding to the It's Personal dynamic the two have going on, Deacon is arguably what Logan would be like if he became too ruthless and greedy in his line of work. Logan eventually kills Deacon, and it's implied that he intends to move on from his life of crime, content with the price the diamond will fetch him.
  • Undercover Cop Reveal: Subverted. Logan's already pretending to be a cop, and when he's found out... he convinces his partner that he's undercover Internal Affairs. When the partner talks to a more senior detective, the detective claims that "Malone" is obviously FBI. When that fails, he claims to be a Federale (Mexican Fed), explaining that he's part-Mexican (despite not looking it).
  • Villain Protagonist: Downplayed with Logan, a jewel thief looking to get the diamond he stole and later hid inside a police station, by posing as an officer of the law. That said, he's a pretty likeable man all things considered, and he doesn't want to cause any trouble beyond getting the diamond he went to prison for. He eventually kills Deacon at the end, but A), it's Deacon, and B) Deacon shot first.
    • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Logan goes through a lot of crap to get the goddamn diamond, from going to jail for several years, finding out his ex has moved on after she learned he was a robber, to playing the role of a cop upon learning he hid the thing in a construction site for a police station. All of this is played for laughs. Though he subverts it, in that he does eventually succeed in his goals, rather than being doomed to failure.