review by Bobby Blakey
There is no denying that two of the biggest box office draws right now are Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock and Kevin Hart. Now the two have teamed up for the latest action comedy Central Intelligence, but can these two box office power houses bring something special to the big screen or will it be too much for them both to live up to?
Central Intelligence follows a mild-mannered accountant who is lured into the world of international espionage after he reunites with an old school pal through Facebook. This is one of those fairly average films that is made better thanks to the leads in Johnson and Hart. The story is over the top ridiculous so you have to buy into the silliness for it to work. Hart and Johnson are where this film really works as they have great chemistry together and are clearly having a blast. This time around Hart is playing up the straight man role while still delivering some really funny moments, but it is the strange nature of Johnson’s character that stands out the most. Sure he brings all the charisma, charm and action you have come to expect from him, but this is not the character you are used too. He is fun to, vulnerable and all around strange in general. This helps the story to unfold in a couple of ways bringing the topic of bullying to the mix without getting overly preachy about it and not fully interfering in the action side. The story isn’t overly complicated and while it does offer up some twists and turns there are not all that hard to figure out. This is one of those films that had it been a different cast would likely have fallen apart quickly, but manages to work thanks to them.
This is far from a perfect film, but does offer up a lot of fun action and hilarious moments that fans of the duo will surely enjoy. Like most comedies it is subjective and some will laugh out loud while others may just roll their eyes. Be on the lookout for some fun cameos that do help the film along, but in the end it is hart and Johnson who make this a fun treat for fans and one that won’t disappoint if you just let it allow you to play inside its zany existence. Stay through the credits as it offers up some fun bloopers like a lot of comedies that showcases how much fun they were clearly having.
In addition to the film this release also features numerous special features including commentary, alternate scenes, a dance off, and more including both the theatrical and unrated version of the film. Get in on the case and grab your copy of Central Intelligence available now on Digital HD and then on Ultra Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on September 27th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.