'Saving the world takes a big Johnson and a llittle Hart' is the cry of the poster adorning billboards and bus sides advertising Central Intelligence but I think there may be more heart than they are prepared to admit.
In amongst the one liners, the flying bullets and the oozing machismo of Dwayne Johnson; Central Intelligence has a lot of good intentions and speaks to those unable to leave behind their school days and move on.
Kevin Hart is Calvin, the most popular kid in school, who when confronted with a heinous act of bullying carried out on class mate Robbie Weirdicht (Dwayne Johnson) steps up and does the right thing. Twenty years later and with a school reunion on the horizon, Calvin is stuggling with being 'just an accountant' and is contacted by Robbie (now Bob Stone) and before he realises it is brought into a world of espionage, government secrets and numerous action sequences as Bob's new career as a CIA agent is revealed.
Central Intelligence primarily a very funny film. I laughed the whole way through and the chemistry between the two leads is very apparent. The one liners rarely let up and that helps maintain the audience interest in what is, truthfully, a film littered with numerous unrealistic situations. Johnson in particular does a good job of keeping his character's intentions well masked until the conclusion.
The interesting aspect for me though was around the high school reunion. The bullied kid now rebuilt physically but still mentally scarred, contrasted with the school hero who has great memories but is stuck in a rut in his personal life. The impact of school life, social standing with peers and the unforeseen impacts these things bring well delivered and gave the film more emotional weight than anticipated.
The posters are clever with their play on the surnames of its stars but truthfully Central Intelligence has a lot more heart thanis being advertised.