Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Ride Along

UK Release Date: February 28th 2014

Security guard Ben must prove himself to his girlfriend's brother, top cop James. He rides along James on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta.

Director: Tim Story (Taxi, Fantastic Four, Think Like a Man)

Starring: Kevin Hart, Ice Cube, Tika Sumpter, John Leguizamo, Bryan Callen, Laurence Fishburne

Ride Along follows the same Buddy-cop formula we know too well. Unfortunately, it has nothing new to offer on the table. Hard-ass cop James (Cube) brings brother-in-law-to-be Benv (Hart), a security guard who's about to join the police academy, on a ride along, to scare him away from the police and his sister, Angela (Sumpter). Opposites don't attract with Cube and Hart. They lack the flare seen in Rush Hour or Lethal Weapon. Cube has no idea he's in a comedy and zero moral fibre. Hart is hyperactive and outrageously annoying. His gaming expertise somehow gets them out of tricky situations. Someone needs to tell him that shouting everything he says isn't funny, and here in lies Ride Along's problem; it's clunky, and for the majority, boring. Even the supporting cast (Luguizamo and Fishburne especially) can't save us.


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