Mini Review: Central Intelligence

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Kevin Hart is in everything, right? Seriously, after the last few years I’m fairly certain that Hart has some sort of contract where he needs to have a certain amount of screen time per year. So, obviously when I heard Kevin was going to be in another movie, I was a bit worried. And I think that the general population is also sort of feeling a ‘Hart-Overload’ especially considering that his style of comedy doesn’t leave a lot open in terms of range. But then when I heard he was going to be in a movie with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, I perked up a bit. Sure, Johnson doesn’t always pick the best movies to star in but, at the very least, he is likable in each and every one of his movies. And since I still find Kevin Hart funny, I thought that this pairing could work. Or did it?

Bullied as a teen for being overweight, Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson) shows up to his high school reunion looking fit and muscular. While there, he finds Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart), a fast-talking accountant who misses his glory days as a popular athlete. Stone is now a lethal CIA agent who needs Calvin’s number skills to help him save the compromised U.S. spy satellite system. Together, the former classmates encounter shootouts, espionage and double-crosses while trying to prevent worldwide chaos.

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Overall, the movie toed the line between passably funny and forgettable. Oddly, Johnson was the funnier of the two, which was a surprise considering the fact that Hart is the professional comedian. But that’s not a bad thing, I welcomed the surprise! Overall I chalk it up to the way the script was written, Hart’s character was supposed to be the classic popular kid in high school that piqued and is completely unhappy with his life, such a role doesn’t lend itself to too much comedy. But he was still funny in small moments, most of which had to do with more physical comedy rather than verbal. and I do want to warn you, though, that Johnson’s character, Bob Stone, comes off a bit creepy. And for good reason, he was practically obsessed with Calvin Joyner and it definitely shows early on in the film.

12273632_1000448093351815_5346996537441224620_oWhat makes this film honestly watchable is the mystery set up midway through the film’s duration as you don’t quite know what side Johnson’s character is on. You aren’t quite sure if he is a good guy or bad guy and this mystery is really what carries the movie because without this, the comedy wouldn’t hold up enough to keep a person’s interest. The mystery also allows to a certain scene to be scene from three different perspectives, which was something that I thoroughly enjoyed. But overall the entire film is extremely predictable  and you can probably figure out what will happen next, almost beat for beat.

 

(L-r) Kevin Hart as Calvin and Dwayne Johnson as Bob in "Central Intelligence." MUST CREDIT: Claire Folger, Warner Bros. PicturesSo obviously this is a short review than normal. But honestly I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have that much say anyways. I enjoyed a lot of the jokes in the film, but with a combination like The Rock and Kevin Hart, I was honestly expecting to die laughing. But the issues I had wasn’t with the acting, but with the overly predictable plot along with a lackluster script. While I enjoyed the movie, It was rather forgettable.

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