National Security

January 1st, 2004 DVD Reviews, Film, Filmink

The Film

If you like Martin Lawrence, it should be as much a part of your collection as Bad Boys or Blue Streak. If you like Steve Zahn, you’ll be disappointed; he plays an understated character way below his comic abilities in this buddy/cop/comedy/action movie.

The Sight & Sound

There is some big, bad action in this film, and the colours and sound it contains are the richer for being on DVD.

The Extras

A few long, drawn out sequences comparing the script with Lawrence’s adlibbing are just tedious commercials for his ‘talent’. There’s a smattering of deleted scenes and music video material, but it’s the commentary by director Dennis Dugan that makes the whole thing worth watching.

Dugan explains all sort of interesting tidbits — Coca Cola, for instance, donated tens of thousands of soft drink bottles to be blown up by squibs in the warehouse shoot out. While his respect for his choice of talent is dubious at times, he does make you realise directors don’t just grab someone off an agent’s list and bung them in a movie (as it sometimes seems).

But because the extras are already pretty slim, a commentary by one of the stars would have been a welcome addition — maybe because National Security was so hated in the US, they were too embarrassed.

The Worth

Few extras do little to lift a notoriously bad film above its originally low level.

1.5 out of 5

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