Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

Martin Lawrence
Steve Zahn
Colm Feore
Eric Roberts.
Dennis Dugan.
Jay Scherick
David Rohn.
Running Time
88 minutes

Million Dollar Arm
4 Star Empire Rating
Into The Storm
2 Star Empire Rating
Police Officer's Wife, The
2 Star Empire Rating
Art Party
1 Star Empire Rating
God Help The Girl
3 Star Empire Rating

Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Two Days, One Night
5 Star Empire Rating
Some Like It Hot
5 Star Empire Rating
A Hard Day's Night
5 Star Empire Rating
5 Star Empire Rating

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

submit to reddit

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.

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.

They expect you to laugh at this shit.

Reviewed by Alan Morrison

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for National Security
Empire Star Rating

National Security Review

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

Empire User Rating

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

Empire User Rating

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

Empire User Rating

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

Empire User Rating

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

You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list

Video: Daniel Radcliffe Talks What If...
On Gordon Ramsay, swearing and date movies

The 24 Best Film-Related Ice Bucket Challenges
The viral craze that won’t quit takes in some of Hollywood’s finest

Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Gamescom 2014: The 10 Most Exciting Games
Zombies! Guns! Tombs! Sheep! Watch the trailers right here...

Who Is Mack Bolan? Your Guide To Cinema's New Action Man
As Bradley Cooper lines up to star as the hero, here's your handy guide to his story so far

Film Studies 101: A Film Buff's Guide To Movie Movements
Everything you need to know about cinema's key groups

Lists Of Our Lifetime: Empire's 25 Greatest Battles
From smalltime scraps to epic struggles, these are the conflicts that have stunned cinema since 1989

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)