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Central Intelligence review: Odd couple's conspiracy theory

By Damon Smith

Published 01/07/2016

Dwayne Johnson as Bob Magnum and Kevin Hart as Calvin Joyner in Central Intelligence. Photo: PA Photo/Universal
Dwayne Johnson as Bob Magnum and Kevin Hart as Calvin Joyner in Central Intelligence. Photo: PA Photo/Universal

Calvin Joyner (Kevin Hart) was the golden boy of his high school in 1996, winning countless awards for his sporting prowess.

He proudly assumed the nickname Golden Jet and delighted classmates with his signature move: a backflip from a standing position.

In sharp contrast, overweight misfit Robbie Weirdicht (Dwayne Johnson) was bullied mercilessly by his classmates and suffered the humiliation of being flung naked into the school gymnasium during an end of term student rally hosted by Principal Kent (Phil Reeves). Twenty years later, out of the blue, Robbie reconnects with Calvin via social media. It transpires that Robbie is a CIA agent, who may or may not be in possession of missile launch codes that are poised to be sold to a mysterious buyer (Thomas Kretschmann).

Rival CIA agent Pamela Harris (Amy Ryan) and her colleagues Mitchell (Tim Griffin) and Cooper (Timothy John Smith) recruit Calvin because they believe Robbie is a terrorist known as the Black Badger.

Calvin must deduce if he can trust Robbie or if he is being used as a pawn in a deadly conspiracy.

Three stars

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