Central Intelligence

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Back in high school, Calvin Joyner was at the top of the world. He was loved by everyone and seemed on the path to success. However, his life afterwards hasn’t been so great. Twenty years later he’s stuck in a job working as a forensic analyst, which he hates, and his marriage with his high school sweetheart is falling apart.

One day he receives a mysterious friend request from a guy named Bob Stone. It turns out to be Robbie Wierdicht, a guy who was heavily bullied back when Calvin was in high school but that Calvin often tried to stand up for. But he’s nothing like the bullied teenager he once was, now being a tremendously strong and confident man. They meet up for old times sake, after which Stone asks Calvin if he can help him with some financial documents he needs to deal with. Thinking it’s something small Calvin agrees, but instead finds out that the documents point towards a secretive multi-million dollar auction. Calvin is shocked of course, but Stone is elusive, and in the end Stone ends up crashing on Calvin’s couch and Calvin goes to bed as well, thinking it doesn’t really matter.

However, the next day a group of CIA agents rush into his house. They tell him they’re on the search for Stone, who has become a rogue agent who is trying to sell satellite codes to the highest bidder, and that Calvin should stay away from him. However, Stone then abducts Calvin, and tells him that he’s being framed, and that he’s the only one that can stop the real villain from auctioning the codes, but to do that he needs Calvin’s help. Calvin wants nothing to do with any of this, but it seems he doesn’t really get much of a choice.

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Going into this film, I had no idea what to expect. What I found was a plot that was tremendously random and went all over the place, but in the end somehow managed to work itself out. It also had characters, Calvin and Stone, that grew a good amount over the course of the movie, though the growth and morals imparted were the standard, be confident, be true to yourself, type, but they were implemented decently enough. The action too wasn’t that amazing, but it fit in with the comedy. And that’s what really makes the movie stand out, that it was tremendously hilarious. It had solid comedy throughout and had some scenes that were downright hysterical. While the plot was fine, the comedy is what makes this movie worth watching.

An action flick with a standard plot but great comedy.

8/10

Also, nice to see the CIA not being the villains as is the case in pretty much every movie.

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