Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in a scene from the movie Central Intelligence.
Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in a scene from the movie Central Intelligence. Claire Folger

MOVIE REVIEW: Central Intelligence delivers laughs

RIGHT now he's the biggest movie star on the planet and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has become a regular fixture in our cinema screens.

So the thought of the man with the biggest muscles on the big screen teaming up with comedian Kevin Hart (from Ride Along) may seem like a strange mix for an action comedy, but surprisingly this is a partnership that really works.

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The year is 1996 and Robbie Weirdicht (Johnson), an overweight teen with no friends, gets jumped by school bullies in the shower. They throw him into the gym in front of the whole school, stark naked.

The most popular and successful kid in the school Calvin (Hart) helps him out and Robbie thanks him before leaving the school, never to be seen there again.

Fast forward to today and Calvin has married his high school sweetheart and is an accountant. With the 20-year high school reunion days away, Calvin doesn't want to go.

Then he gets contacted by Bob Stone (it's actually Robbie with a new name) and the pair go out for a catch up and some beers.

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in a scene from the movie Central Intelligence.
Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in a scene from the movie Central Intelligence. Claire Folger

From that point on it's a good old-fashioned buddy/action movie as Robbie reveals he has worked out six hours a day for 20 years, and he's working undercover for the CIA.

That's pretty much all you need to know as Hart and Johnson team up, rather reluctantly on Calvin's part, to solve something involving satellite codes and leaving you trying to work out who is telling the truth. The plot doesn't really matter; it's all about quality action with lots of laughs.

By the end of the movie there are some great scenes dealing with bullying, and how it can affect people for years, but the rest of the film is simply mindless fun.

Central Intelligence isn't going to win any Oscars, or be remembered as an all-time classic, but it is what it is - a fun, enjoyable, action-packed 100 minutes.

You'll laugh and enjoy it to the very end - especially the blooper reel during the credits.

It's clear that Hart and Johnson enjoy working with each other and they have a great chemistry that makes their relationship a believable one.

If you like Kevin Hart or Dwayne Johnson, then chances are you will get your money's worth with Central Intelligence. If you're not a fan of either of them, then you'll still get a giggle out of it.

I think Dwayne Johnson is not only one of the most charismatic people on the screen at the moment, and if you follow him on social media you will see what a caring and generous human being he is.

The fact that he can now pull off a comedy with one of the world's hottest comics means that there is no genre he can't lay a smack down on.

It's been a while since we had a good action comedy, and Central Intelligence delivers on the promise of an enjoyable night out at the movies.

Central Intelligence

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Amy Ryan, Jason Bateman, Aaron Paul.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber

Rating: M

Verdict: 3.5/5 stars


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