would just stop making buddy-cop movies. As I watched
National Security being projected onto the screen of a local
theatre, dull memories of Men in Black II came to mind.
The once hilarious genre, featuring one white cop and one black cop,
has now become tiredly repetitive. But in National Security,
the story is stupidly twisted. It doesnít feature two police officers,
but two security guards pretending to be police officers. This is just
another low-key, instantly forgettable comedy that satisfies only the
dumbest of demographic teenage audiences. This style of flick has its
moments, and we are mildly entertained while watching it. The problem
that I have with National Security, though, is that we
have nothing to reflect upon afterwards. After viewing comedies, like
Undercover Brother and Austin Powers in
Goldmember, we can think about the jokes and smile. This film, on
the other hand, is missing those jokes.
Martin Lawrence needs to find some new
material. Similar to Eddie Murphy, his career has fallen into a deep,
dark hole. Not one movie he has been in, since 2000ís Big
Mommaís House, has been remotely funny.
all of the traits that a comedian needs: a wacky and overstretched
personality, the ability to manipulate his voice and facial
expressions, and a laughable look. He has not been using these talents
in recent years. Iím not sure whether comically pleasing scripts just
havenít been rolling onto his desk, or he isnít picking the right
ones. He was once funny as the bold, strong, and antiracist African
American. But now that role is so incredibly worn-out, we donít even
laugh at him once, during the entire duration of the film. When weíre
watching one of one of his flicks, we donít sense that he has talent
anymore. I didnít even enjoy his live comedy concert:
RunTelDat, which supposedly exercised his true abilities as a
National Security does
have some superb visuals, however. During the many bogus chase scenes,
which are pointlessly stupid, there are many well-done special
effects. In its big-budget, Hollywood-driven self, there are some gun
fights, car chases, and blow-upís that are very fun to watch. I
enjoyed some of the action and adventure, that the poor writing
doesnít get in the way of. There are some truly beautiful effects in
this film, even though it wouldnít seem so. These are, of course,
big ego. I especially enjoyed two warehouse raids, which act as a
jumping-off points for the plot. With more villains than a James Bond
story, this definitely has some excellent staging, too. The stunts
arenít cheesy, which surprises me. If this film had been more
original, it couldíve worked. But, unfortunately, like most fabricated
and artificial stories, National Security is just another
face in the crowd.
Letís assume that this film had a good
on his old comedic personality when acting. Would it have been better?
I would think so, though I canít be entirely sure. Steve Zahn, who
fellow security guard, sleepwalks through his role. With the right
script, just like
Zahn has the ability to be very good. He has exhibited this talents
through one of my favorite movies of 2001: Joy Ride.
National Security will satisfy its target audience, but
it definitely didnít meet my standards. This is another sloppy release
from the New Year, and as it stands now, 2003 looks like itís going to
be a very grim 365 days. When is the next time I will see a good
movie? I hope soon.
-Danny, Bucket Reviews