RIDE ALONG: THE REVIEW

Salty Kernel Alistair Shields hits up the premiere of RIDE ALONG starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart and reviews it for Salty Popcorn. This is just not my type of film but it definitely has appeal out there, the sequel is already greenlit. RIDE ALONG releases Thursday March 20th in Australia, is rated M and runs for 100mins. Enjoy Kernel Alistair’s thoughts below.

So….that’s Kevin Hart’s face oh, and there’s Ice Cube’s.

Not really quite the film or calibre of actors where all you want to see is a close up of the two main stars faces.

 

Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen, Laurence Fishburne, Tim Story, Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, Greg Coolidge, Ride Along, Ride Along Review, Alistair Shields
RIDE ALONG – STARRING ICE CUBE AND KEVIN HART – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Ride Along stars the aforementioned Kevin Hart as Ben Barper alongside his soon to be brother-in-law James Payton (Ice Cube). It centres on Barper seeking a blessing from Payton for his sister’s hand in marriage and so ensues a series of comedic events as Payton tries vehemently to dissuade him. A parallel story to this is Payton’s one man vendetta against the crime king-pin known as ‘Omar’ who seems to be taken straight out of the Keyser Soze character of Usual Suspects (appearance aside).

 

Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen, Laurence Fishburne, Tim Story, Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, Greg Coolidge, Ride Along, Ride Along Review, Alistair Shields
RIDE ALONG – STARRING ICE CUBE AND KEVIN HART – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Adhering to the buddy-cop formula the film struggles to hold its own despite the valiant effort made by Kevin Hart, who surprised by his rather deft performance, considering his past work and that the director seemed to have an obsession with the stars face which was just odd. I mean it was very confusing as there was just these heads enlarged to gargantuan proportions on the big screen just right there, all the time. It felt like when you speak to someone who decides that being 5cm from your face is acceptable. Get out of my personal space.

I just wanted want them to leave me alone, let me look at something else would you? Or put Amber Heard on the screen, either one.

Admittedly this shot did create some laughs as Hart is a very expressive comedian but not ALL the time and there is only so many times I want to see Ice Cube menacingly stare someone down.

 

Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen, Laurence Fishburne, Tim Story, Greg Coolidge, Jason Mantzoukas, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi, Greg Coolidge, Ride Along, Ride Along Review, Alistair Shields
RIDE ALONG – STARRING ICE CUBE AND KEVIN HART – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Being an action-comedy, however, there were some explosions of course and a nice car chase but it all seems far too staged and unrealistic, case and point Kevin Harts “fly-kick.”

Laurence Fishburne delivers an underwhelming performance, not that he could do much considering the script and short film time he got, which was a shame.

All in all the film plays much like the last few sentences, short and sharp scenes which are dizzyingly cut together. However, I feel the crew and cast got what they wanted from the film seeking to just popcorn entertain and this was in large part (if not in entirely) to Hart and his interplay with his co-stars, oh, and Ice Cube quoting in mid-sentence “all in all today was a good day”. Brilliant.

 

KERNEL ALISTAIR’S POP SCORE:

2 and a Half Pops

KERNEL ADAM’S POP SCORE:

2 and a Half Pops

 

 

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