Thanks to Universal Pictures we had the chance to see ‘Central Intelligence’ before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film, but – as usual – no matter what we say, we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because there is no better critic than yourself!
High-school king, Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart), is an average mid-senior accountant who refuses to attend his 20th high-school reunion because he feels he hasn’t become the success that his classmates would have expected him to be.
Calvin unexpectedly receives a friend request from Bob Stone (Dwayne Johnson). He accepts the request and the two get together for drinks. To his surprise, Bob is a former high-school mate who was overweight and the victim of bullying back in the day.
Bob, who has dropped all of his excess weight and become, well…The Rock, turns out to be an undercover CIA agent. He is trying to solve a case regarding some international money dealings in order to expose a traitor known as ‘The Black Badger’. However, the CIA is after Bob as they believe he is the culprit. Despite his initial protests, Calvin is dragged into the mix, in order to help crack the case and offer his advice as an expert accountant.
‘Central Intelligence’ is another formulaic action-comedy with two great leads. Johnson and Hart are funny and charismatic in their roles and they have great on-screen chemistry. Hart delivers his usual fast-paced, all-in comedy, while Johnson plays the awkward, soft-hearted action man. Together, and against all odds, they make for a fantastic action-comedy duo.
Though it feels flat at times and the jokes are dragged on for too long, the movie is fun and Hart is almost always able to generate some laughs.
‘Central Intelligence’ has good action sequences, lots of movie references, cameos and a great blooper reel at the end of the movie.
Overall, the film doesn’t shine with its originality but is a great crowd-pleaser, thanks mostly to its two magnificent lead actors.
‘Central Intelligence’ opens in cinemas on June 30th.