Though not the avid-action-movie-fanatic's idea of an action film, Ride Along is definitely comedic with Kevin Hart (who plays Ben) giving us an unpredictably and non-overbearing dose of funny.
The movie should be regarded for what it is - an entertainment flick, set up to elicit laughs and grudging chuckles - depending on who you are and the open-mindedness of the
critic viewer. With its story line being mediocre, remixed and recycled (see below) the viewer is able to anticipate the movie's following sequences after scenes thrown into the mix to supposedly throw the viewer off. It worked a couple of times and I laughed my way through those scenes, loving the hilarity of the outrageousness of it all.
It's a film worth having on DVD, for movie nights in.
Ride Along, is now showing in cinemas until March 13th, 2014.
About The Movie
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the lineup in Ride Along, the new film from the director and the producer of the blockbuster comedy Think Like a Man. When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend’s brother—a hot-tempered cop—to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer’s latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life.
For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Hart) has been trying to show decorated APD detective James (Cube) that he’s more than just a video-game junkie who’s unworthy of James’ sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter). When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he’s earned the seasoned policeman’s respect and asks for his blessing to marry Angela.
Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister, James invites him on a shift designed to scare the hell out of the trainee. But when the wild night leads them to the most notorious criminal in the city, James will find that his new partner’s rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding at it.