Plot: A lethal CIA agent (Dwayne Johnson) and his former schoolmate (Kevin Hart) encounter shootouts, double-crosses and espionage while on a top-secret case.
Review: Central Intelligence has The Rock and Kevin Hart teaming up on this buddy-spy comedy directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber(We’re The Millers). The trailers didn’t really do much for me so my expectations weren’t that high from the start. Kevin Hart is coming off the flop Get Hard, and The Rock is on a hot streak right now with every action movie he stars in. The Rock is a very funny guy too. From his days in WWE, appearances on SNL, the comedic moments in some of his movies – the guy has charm. Kevin Hart is a comedian that I respect a ton. I’ve seen him live, the guy is just hilarious. So when you pair the two, it should equal success. It’s unfortunate to say that Central Intelligence just didn’t quite hit the mark for me, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t laugh a few times.
Central Intelligence starts off great. The movie opens up with the high school scene that is being showed in every trailer. Kevin Hart plays Calvin Joyner who was “the guy” in high school, but is now somewhat disappointed that he is living a normal life as an accountant. He did however marry his high school sweetheart played by the beautiful Danielle Nicolet. The couple’s high school reunion is approaching and as you guessed it – Calvin doesn’t want to go because he is ashamed that he didn’t live up to what his peers thought he’d be. Little did he know his life would soon change all from a Facebook message from his old peer from high school Bob Stone(The Rock). Bob(working for the CIA) was a bullied and overweight kid that Calvin tried to help back in school. Now, Bob needs Calvin’s accounting skills to help save the world.
Even though my expectations were low, I really wanted this movie to prove me wrong. Was it as bad as Get Hard? Thankfully not. For some reason as funny as Kevin Hart is, I can’t remember a movie that he starred in that was really good. No disrespect of course because he is one of my favorite comedians in the game right now. Maybe his movies all seem the same because the characters he play seem the same as well. Always that average joe that gets pulled into crazy shit. The Rock on the other hand seems like he may be trying a little too hard. Some of the jokes are just the same cheap, dick type of jokes that we see in most comedies. I don’t blame The Rock though, because for what it was he did a good job. It’s the character that just doesn’t work. It sucks that this movie couldn’t be a sure fire hit because Kevin Hart and The Rock seem like two of the nicest guys on the planet.
We do get some cameos that thankfully keep the movie going because the cameos would pop up once I’d start to lose focus. The action scenes are actually great as well too. But that should be no surprise since The Rock is the biggest action star of our generation. The movie, story wise, is just a mess.
Central Intelligence to me is just an “ok” movie when it should have been a great one. Kevin Hart really needs to try something new because his last few movies haven’t been as good as they should have been. Kudos to The Rock for taking the chance of doing something different, and sometimes the risk paid off. It just sucks that the movie couldn’t deliver like it should have. Luckily, I will be giving Central Intelligence a 6/10 just based off of The Rock’s effort, the action scenes, and some of Kevin Hart’s one liners.