Tuesday, 12 July 2016

#44 CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE



Starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. Written by Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Rawson Marshall Thurber. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Running time: 107 minutes. Budget $50 million.

My big mistake in writing this review is that I saw this film the weekend before last and I seriously can't remember a great deal about it. Dwayne Johnson is a CIA agent who was once a fat, bullied kid in high school and Kevin Hart was once the most popular boy in school who was crowned, 'most likely to succeed' and marries his high school sweet heart, who now finds himself in a deadend job with no hope for his future. Back in the day, Hart rescued Johnson from humiliation in front of the whole school and so now 20 years later on the eve of the class reunion their paths cross again as Dwayne looks for a double agent and the CIA try to kill them both.

Clue not much hilarity. Hart is irratating, Johnson, usually so charismatic just comes across as a creepy uber-stalker. What follows is a slow 107 plod building to the ending you saw coming after the first scene. Hart shreiks and Johnson does this strange smirk. There's some mild non-blood shoot-outs, some WWF violence and funny torture scenes, cos you know, CIA sponsored torture is funny. Just ask the inmates of the Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre.

When a film's funniest moments are the out-takes seen at the end of the film while the credits run you know it's been a pretty mediocre dirge.

Nothing really to see, so move along sir.

4/10

P.S.
That said, this film has one of the best poster strap lines I've seen in ages.

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