Central Intelligence is about a one-time high school all-star turned meek accountant (Kevin Hart) and a former high school misfit turned CIA operative (Dwayne Johnson) that form an unlikely duo.
Playing a lowly white collar worker, Hart as Calvin appears to be playing the respectively staid straight man character that he generally hasn’t played in his recent comedy offerings, while Johnson as Bob Stone looks to be right up the fan-favorite actor’s alley. The film will feature plenty of Johnson’s undeniable charisma and Hart’s off-the-cuff comic mugging.
In the Central Intelligence trailer that can be found here, viewers can see even more of Johnson as the formerly obese nerd who was once saved from total embarrassment and personal annihilation by Hart – back when the latter was the “big man on campus.” However, after meeting twenty years later at a high school reunion, it’s Johnson as Stone who is the cool, suave, and well-muscled secret agent, and Hart as Calvin who is the perennially effete and uncool office worker – as the two old allies form another tenuous bond with one another, this time with a much bigger mission in mind: save the world.
Based on what distributor Warner Bros. Pictures has released thus far, Thurber’s new film should be another healthy dose of much of the same high jinks and sophomoric good humor that has become expected from both Hart and Johnson over the course of the past few years. Even if you weren’t a fan of the formerly mentioned comic’s recent turn alongside Ice Cube in the Ride Along sequel, perhaps the actor’s pairing with the likes of “The Rock” in Central Intelligence will prove more amenable to everyone’s tastes.
Central Intelligence will see theatrical release in the U.S. on June 17th, 2016. It looks to be a successful movie that I recommend seeing.