Take one of the biggest movie stars in the world and team him up with one of the smallest, and it sounds like a gimmick in the making. On paper, just the sight of Dwayne Johnson standing alongside Kevin Hart will incite a smile. But do the two have what it takes to lead an action comedy that is funny, exciting and overall entertaining?
Thankfully, in Central Intelligence, from We’re the Millers director Rawson Thurber Marshall, the answer is mostly yes. However, this may only be because Johnson and Hart are such an irresistible duo that they make you forget that the action and plot surrounding them is hollow, dull and merely acts as an excuse for these two to engage with each other for laughs.
Continue reading our Central Intelligence review after the jump.
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Yesterday was the second day of CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. As you know, each year movie theater exhibitors gather to, among other things, watch presentations from all of the major movie studios previewing their film slates for the upcoming year and beyond. Sony Pictures presented a ton of new footage for upcoming films, including:
Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Passengers starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver, the animated Spider-Man movie, Blake Lively’s contained thriller The Shallows, Ron Howard’s DaVinci Code sequel Inferno starring Tom Hanks, Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters, the R-rated Seth Rogen animated film Sausage Party, and antoine Fuqua’s remake of The Magnificent Seven.
Warner Bros also presented a preview of their upcoming films, including:
Justice League, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Shane Black’s buddy cop period comedy The Nice Guys, James Wan’s The Conjuring 2, Lights Out starring Teresa Palmer, Dawson Thurber’s comedy Central Intelligence starring The Rock and Kevin Hart, The Legend of Tarzan, the Todd Phillips comedy War Dogs, The LEGO Batman movie and the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Hit the jump to watch both video blogs talking about all the clips shown at the presentation.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
In real life, it’s hard to imagine anyone disliking Dwayne Johnson, much less wanting to pick on him. He’s the kind of star everyone loves, from your mom to your best friend to your kid brother. But in the new trailer for Central Intelligence, he’s a former outcast named Bob who was bullied in high school. One of the few people to show him kindness, in fact, was Calvin (Kevin Hart), then the big man on campus.
20 years later, Bob resurfaces as a buff, handsome CIA agent. And he needs Calvin’s help. Never mind that Calvin, now a mild-mannered accountant, wants nothing to do with the wild and unpredictable case Bob’s working on. Watch the latest Central Intelligence trailer after the jump. Read More »
Teaming up Kevin Hart with Ice Cube in Ride Along worked for some people, and the movie was enough of a box office hit to warrant a sequel next year. Personally, it just wasn’t what I was looking for as far as quality comedy writing goes. However, as someone who isn’t really a fan of Hart’s comedy, the first trailer for Central Intelligence, teaming him up with Dwayne Johnson, actually looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Watch! Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
Dwayne Johnson may have the physique of an action hero, but underneath all those bulging muscles there’s a comedy star just waiting to break free. Or at least that’s what Dodgeball director Rawson Marshall Thurber is banking on in his new movie. Central Intelligence pairs Johnson with comedy A-lister Kevin Hart — and then has Johnson be the funny one, and Hart act as the straight man. Talk about a plot twist. Check out the first Central Intelligence images after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Dwayne Johnson is having a hell of a year, with Furious 7 and San Andreas already behind him and his new HBO show Ballers ahead of him. And we’re hoping his winning streak will continue into 2016 with Central Intelligence, from Dodgeball and We’re the Millers director Rawson Marshall Thurber.
The new comedy stars Johnson as Bob, described by Johnson as “Tom Hanks in Big with an added twist.” The twist being that sweet, simple Bob is a super intelligent, extra deadly CIA contract killer. Get your Central Intelligence first look after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: Warner Bros. just dated/shuffled two big action comedies they have set for the Summer of 2016. First up, Central Intelligence, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, will open June 17,2016. That date was previously occupied by The Nice Guys, directed by Shane Black and starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. They’ve bumped that up to May 20, 2016, which is a huge vote of confidence. The Nice Guys will open against Angry Birds and Central Intelligence tangles with Finding Dory. [Box Office Mojo]
Dwayne Johnson recently tweeted a photo of him reading the script for his next movie. He described it as a “big action comedy” and said his co-star would soon be revealed. That’s now happened. It’s none other than Kevin Hart, the current go-to second lead in big comedies (Ride Along, Think Like A Man, Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer). They’ll co-star in a buddy action comedy called Central Intelligence, directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (We’re The Millers). Read More »
Variety says that Ed Helms, fresh from his Hangover high (and from his deal to star in the Alexander Payne-produced office comedy Cedar Rapids) , is having a star vehicle developed for him at Universal. The studio has purchased a spec script called Central Intelligence by Ike Barinholtz and Dave Stassen. No director or other case members are yet attached, but the script hinges upon the interconnection of the intelligence community and…Facebook? Where’s Aaron Sorkin when you need him? Read More »