Central Intelligence – Review

A little Hart and a big Johnson save an otherwise mundane comedy. 

I’ll start off by saying, I’m not the biggest fan of Kevin Hart. It’s not like I have a big dislike for him, I just don’t find him particularly hilarious. But, I love The Rock. I’ll watch anything with him in it, especially in a comedy role.

The plot of Central Intelligence is relatively simple. Two former high school ‘friends’ meet as their reunion approaches, but what was thought to be a harmless meet-up soon turns into a chaotic conspiracy.

Unicorns… (© – Universal Pictures)

Kevin Hart plays Calvin Joyner, a normal guy leading an ordinary life. Dwayne Johnson plays Bob Stone, a CIA agent who was heavily bullied in high school. Together, they make quite the pair. Months ago we saw their ‘Instagram war’, with videos of them trying to take selfies. This showed us they had chemistry, and it’s excellent this carries over on screen.

They both bounce off each other, in a contrast that certainly delivers. Although the plot doesn’t really hold up, with each twist creating another gaping plot hole, you won’t mind due to the amount you’ll be laughing. There are welcome cameos throughout also, including Jason Bateman with a performance that mirrors his horrific character in The Gift.

To sum it up…

Central Intelligence‘s far-fetched plot doesn’t do it any favours. However, coming from someone who isn’t a big fan of Kevin Hart, this film has changed my opinion. I continuously found myself laughing at Hart, but the star of the show here is Johnson. Watching him rip a guy’s throat out and act like an awkward teenager makes for comedy gold. This isn’t the most memorable film, but it delivers on laughs. 

Rating: Gid

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Author: Cameron Frew

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Cameron Frew

Freelance film writer. Words on Flickering Myth, Bloody Disgusting, Movie Corner UK and Jumpcut Online. My five favourite films are: 1. The Goonies 2. Forrest Gump 3. The Shawshank Redemption 4. Warrior 5. Whiplash

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