Central Intelligence 2016

 

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In 1996, star athlete Calvin "The Golden Jet" Joyner is being honored at his high school. Halfway through Calvin's speech, a group of bullies led by Trevor Olson throws the nude morbidly obese nerd Robbie Weirdicht into the gymnasium where the school assembly is taking place. Everybody breaks out into laughter except for Joyner and his girlfriend, Maggie Johnson, who are the only ones sympathetic towards Weirdicht. Joyner even goes as far as to quickly cover Weirdicht with his varsity jacket in an act of compassion. Weirdicht thanks Calvin and flees in embarrassment.

In 2016, Joyner is married to Maggie and works as a forensic accountant, but he is dissatisfied with his career. Maggie suggests they see a therapist to salvage their deteriorating marriage. At work, Joyner receives a friend request on Facebook from a man named Bob Stone, who invites Joyner to meet at a bar and when Stone and Joyner meet at the bar, Stone reveals himself to be Weirdicht. Joyner is shocked to see that Weirdicht has transformed into a muscular, fit, and confident man with advanced Hand-to-hand combat skills. Stone asks Joyner to review some online transactions, and Joyner discovers a multimillion-dollar auction with bidders from radical countries, with the final bids set to conclude the following day. Stone avoids Joyner's questions and spends the night on his couch.

The next morning, a team of CIA agents led by Pamela Harris arrives at Joyner's house in search of Stone, who already escaped. Harris tells Joyner that Stone is a dangerous rogue agent who murdered his former partner, Phil Stanton. Harris tells Calvin that Bob intends to sell satellite codes to the highest bidder. Soon after, Stone abducts Joyner and explains that he is trying to stop a criminal known as the Black Badger, who murdered Stanton, from selling the codes but needs Joyner's skills to locate the meeting place. After an attack by a bounty hunter, Joyner flees and calls Maggie, telling her to meet him at the marriage counselor's office. Harris intercepts him and tells him that Stone is the Black Badger. She warns him to refrain from telling Maggie and gives him a device to alert them to Stone's location. Joyner then arrives to meet Maggie for their marriage counseling session, where he finds Stone posing as the counselor.

Stone convinces Joyner to help him, so he sets up a meeting with Olson, who is able to track the offshore account for the auction so they can get the deal's location. Olson fabricates his apology before antagonizing Stone. Harris calls Joyner and threatens to arrest Maggie if he fails to help them detain Stone. Joyner reluctantly betrays Stone, and the CIA arrests him. As Harris tortures Stone to get him to confess, Joyner helps Stone escape. Joyner finds that the deal is happening in a Boston underground parking garage and helps Stone steal a plane. Stone enters alone, while Joyner sees Harris entering a short while later. He assumes that she is the Black Badger and runs after her only to find Stone meeting with the buyer and claiming to be the Black Badger. Stone shoots Joyner where the bullet grazes his neck to keep him safe. Stanton arrives and reveals himself as the Black Badger, having faked his death. A fight breaks out, with Joyner escaping with the codes, and Stone killing the buyer. Stanton follows Joyner and attempts to convince him that Stone really is the Black Badger. Stone arrives and finally kills Stanton by ripping his throat out.

After he reunites with an old pal through Facebook, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage.


Released: 2016-06-15

Runtime: 107 minutes

Genre: Action, Comedy, Mystery, Crime

Stars: Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Amy Ryan, Aaron Paul, Danielle Nicolet

Director: Lisa Beach, Sarah Katzman, Sala Baker, Theodore Shapiro, Leslie E. Rollins



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