National Security [Blu-ray] (Bilingual) [Import]
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Release Date: 18-NOV-2008
Media Type: Blu-Ray
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The movie is about 2 security gaurds: One former Cop ,Hank (Steve Zhan) and One Police reject , Earl (Lawrence) who had a huge conflict in their past, now realising they must team up 2gether to stop a gang of thieves from stealing some rare type of metal.
There are many funny moments in this film. It is a good movie. It is racial but it's Martin Lawrence for crying loud; What do you expect? Get it now!
Get the dvd or vhs, it's worth every penny.
P.S. You guys who are mad at Martin Lawrence for saying bad things about white people, it's not his fault, the writer wrote those awful remarks, Martin just had to say them because they are in the script.
P.S.S. I am white.
Get the dvd or vhs, it's worth every penny.
Hank Rafferty (Steve Zahn) is a cop whose partner got killed on the job. Earl Montgomery (Martin Lawrence) is a cop wannabe with a "white man holding down the brother" attitude who's too much of a loose cannon to get on the force and is thus reduced to being a security guard. After a minor altercation between Hank and Earl that gets blown to Rodney King proportions Hank is out of a job and in jail. After serving his time Hank is reduced to becoming a security guard. Following the trail of the men who murdered his partner, Hank finds that he must now team up with the man who put him in jail to stop a smuggling ring and avenge his fallen partner.
THE COOL THINGS:
Overall, the story is somewhat, neigh, VERY predictable but is filled with some decent action and some decent comedy. That's about it though...
THE CRITICAL ANALYSIS:
Like in most of his movies, Martin Lawrence's comedy is clearly the driving force behind the film. Unfortunately in this particular flick they lost quite a few steps. Earl's "White Man out to get the brother" shtick wears thin VERY quickly and the character becomes pretty annoying after a while. The tension between the two characters is played out very well and Earl does get his comeuppance but Earl's character is easily more of an annoyance to the viewer rather than the fun guilty pleasure most Lawrence characters usually are.
No real best scenes in this film. Everything is basically one huge joke as Hank and Earl work they way around.Read more ›
I actually LIKED National Security, the acting was well done, some of the gags were humorous, and the dynamic between Earl and Hank was funny.
The downside: At times the racist bile spewed by Earl went a bit too far. I also found the Earl character a bit difficult to like. He was bigoted, emotionally needy, craving Hank's approval, and at the same time rejecting him because he was white. The sad thing was, this behavior is constantly being rewarded. This left me with a vaguely unsatisfied feeling. I would've liked to see Hank and Earl learn to respect each other, and for Earl to apologize for not being honest at the trial and for Hanks' incarceration. Moreover, I guess, I would've liked to have simply LIKED Earl, and for Earl to be more engaging.
Overall, if you can overlook the scenes of non-stop racial humor, I found this to be a funny flick.
Most recent customer reviews
I wonder how funny this movie would have been had Lawrence & Zahn played each other's roles. Really, imagine it for a second.Published on Nov. 16 2011 by Edward Powell
The movie doesn't start off as Martin Lawarnce and Steve Zahn as partners. Hank Steve's character is a cop and Martin's characters gets his keys stuck in his car and Steve thinks... Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by newfound32
In this goofy cop drama, Martin Lawrence plays Earl, a white-bashing, easily terrorized black man who sends Los Angeles cop Hank (Steve Zahn) to jail because of his hysterical and... Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Debbie Lee Wesselmann
National Security was a good film,but had some flaws.The stunts and action secquences were satisfying,but if there had been more action in the film,the action would have been... Read morePublished on June 18 2004
Weak performance by Martin Lawrence. If you saw him in Bad Boys, this movie looks bad.Published on June 10 2004 by Luiz Mello
This movie is completely typical of Martin Lawrence's racial views, and is just like every other movie he's in. Completely racist against everyone who is not black. Read morePublished on June 8 2004
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