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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
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Good 3 Stars
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Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
12a
Cast
Martin Lawrence
Steve Zahn
Colm Feore
Eric Roberts.
Directors
Dennis Dugan.
Screenwriters
Jay Scherick
David Rohn.
Running Time
88 minutes

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National Security
Steve Zahn and Martin Lawrence are thrown together in this lame mis-matched buddy cop comedy.


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Plot
Thrown into prison on false harassment charges, LAPD cop Hank loses his badge, his girl and his partner in a matter of days. But, as fate would have it, he and his accuser Earl team up six months later to investigate a smuggling operation.


Review
Thrown into prison on false harassment charges, LAPD cop Hank (Zahn) loses his badge, his girl and his partner in a matter of days. But, as fate would have it, he and his accuser Earl (Lawrence) team up six months later to investigate a smuggling operation.

It's not that National Security makes a mess of mixing its action shoot-outs and comedy routines. It's not even that the buddy pairing is fatally mismatched, with Zahn showing more talent in a single hair of his moustache than Lawrence does in his entire body. No, this is a two-star movie dragged down a star because of its unrepentant racism.

At one point, Earl says he doesn't condone interracial relationships (Hank's ex is black). Later, he chats up a white chick. When challenged, he revises his opinion: he doesn't condone interracial relationships 'when the man is white'. They expect you to laugh at this shit.


Verdict
They expect you to laugh at this shit.


Reviewed by Alan Morrison

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The action in National Security is mindless, while the humor says nothing insightful about racial issues. Empire's review is top notch. ... More

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Posted by the film man at 23:53, 13 February 2012 | Report This Post


Another Martin Lawrence s-hit fest to waste your money on

I must say, when i heard about this film i almost cried. No it wasn't tears of joy, it was tears of pain. The thought of another Martin Lawrence film was too much to bear and I tried to poke my eyes out with a hot fork. Unfortunately this only caused extreme agony but no loss of sight and so I remain unable to defend myself against the onslaught of crap films by this supposed "actor" and a pair of dodgy eyes to boot. I suppose I could stop watching them i hear you say, but i think ... More

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Posted by jamesy99 at 12:27, 12 April 2009 | Report This Post


Damn, what a poor movie!

I have, however, given it an extra star for the video footage of Zahn attacking the bee. The only amusing scene, I might add ... More

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Posted by blaud at 13:56, 17 March 2008 | Report This Post


god i love this review - the verdict says it plain and simple go on empire ... More

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Posted by plum bob at 19:02, 11 December 2007 | Report This Post



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