HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Nevertheless, we draw your attention to this film as it debuts on HBO on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 8:00pm Man, Johnson will try anything, right? And as for Hart, well it seems that he’ll team up with anyone. They give it a go as a duo in this action comedy that also offers a couple other actors you might recognize. Check out roles from Aaron Paul (lately of The Path, also HBO’s BIG LOVE) Jason Bateman (lately of Office Christmas Party) and Amy Ryan (HBO’s THE WIRE and IN TREATMENT). But just what gets all these players together?
Well, in a nutshell, it seems for Robbie Weirdicht (Dwayne Johnson), the painful memories of high-school humiliation have never faded. But 20 years of six-hour-a-day workouts have transformed him from overweight nerd to muscle-bound CIA operative…who has a thing for taking out bullies. Kevin Hart co-stars as Robbie’s former classmate who gets dragged into a risky case involving a double-crossing agent. That sounds rather vague so here, straight from Warner Bros. is a bit of elaboration:
The story follows a one-time bullied geek, Bob (Johnson), who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent, coming home for his high school reunion. Claiming to be on a top-secret case, Bob enlists the help of former “big man on campus,” Calvin (Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days. But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than Calvin can count.
The question lies on whether all the espionage holds up as plausible or is just weakly structured. Also up for consideration is whether Johnson and Hart make a good matchup or not. Let’s see if a trailer reveals anything…
…and indeed it does. It tells us that the mission isn’t all that important. It is the comedic banter and slapstick that counts here. But if Bob is such a doofus how did he get to be in the CIA? Anyway, the movie is rated PG – 13 and runs 1 hour 47 minutes and was directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball) .Let us know if the chemistry worked. The Tomatometer seemed to think so.
Find it on HBO debuting SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 8:00pm.