Tuesday, 26 July 2016

MPOV: Central Intelligence

In 1996, extremely popular student and star athlete Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) is being honored at his high school's senior pep rally. His obese classmate Robbie Wheirdicht (Dwayne Johnson) is being bullied by a student named Trevor (Jason Bateman) while showering in the boys' locker room. Robbie is thrown into the gym naked by Trevor and his friends just as Calvin is receiving his award, and everyone erupts in laughter except for Calvin and his girlfriend Maggie (Danielle Nicolet). Calvin takes off his varsity jacket and gives it to Robbie, who covers himself up, thanks Calvin, and runs away in embarrassment.

20 years later, Calvin is married to Maggie and works as an accountant. He is dissatisfied with his career, while Maggie is thriving as a partner at her law firm. She suggests they see a therapist to salvage their deteriorating marriage. At work, Calvin receives a friend request on Facebook from a man named Bob Stone, who reveals that he is Robbie and requests that they meet at a bar. Calvin is shocked to see that Robbie has transformed into a tall, muscular, confident man. Robbie easily defeats a group of four men that try to bully them. As Bob drops Calvin off at his house, he asks Calvin to review a few accounting records, saying he has payroll issues. Calvin deciphers the records as multi-million dollar transactions from an auction, with the final payment set to be made the following day. Bob avoids Calvin's questions and ends up spending the night on his couch.

The next morning, a group of CIA agents led by Pamela "Pam" Harris (Amy Ryan) arrive at Calvin's house in search of Bob, who escapes after erasing all evidence of his presence. Pam warns Calvin that Bob is a dangerous rogue agent who has the intention of selling satellite codes to the highest bidder. As the CIA agents follow Calvin to his office, Bob successfully abducts Calvin and explains that he is trying to stop a criminal known as the Black Badger from selling the satellite codes, but needs Calvin's skills as a forensic accountant to find the coordinates of the deal's location. They are then attacked by a bounty hunter; during the attack, Calvin flees and calls Maggie, telling her to meet him at the marriage counselor's office. Pam intercepts him and informs him that Bob murdered his own partner Phil (Aaron Paul) and is the Black Badger himself. She warns him to refrain from telling Maggie and gives him a device to alert them to Bob's location. Calvin then arrives for marriage counseling, where he finds Bob posing as the marriage counselor, who he has trapped in the closet.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

This is so hilarious! It reminds me of Bad Boys but with less foul languages and more humanly action. Both Dwayne and Kevin had that tickle bone chemistry and somehow jived in this movie. The plot was not something out of the ordinary but the story works out just fine for both of them. Definitely an action comedy worth watching! 

This movie did touched on something important, something I know I can relate to, which is bullying. It just goes to show how important this is that movies nowadays are getting involved in this social stigma. Gone were the days of suffering in silent. More and more people are standing up against bullies. Let's hope that the victims realised this and not take the wrong route like ending their lives. 

Say NO to bullying.

IMDb rating: 6.6/10
My rating: 3/5

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul
Rated: PG-13; A 2016 American comedy film, crime film, action

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