Morton Schmidt (Hill) and Greg Jenko (Tatum) are former classmates, where Schmidt was the geek and Jenko the jock. They apply to the same police academy; become best friends and graduate as partners. They are assigned to park patrol, but catch a big break when they arrest the leader of a group of drug dealers. Unfortunately, Jenko did not read the Miranda rights to the drug lord and he was released. Thereafter they are both reassigned to a revived specialty division on 21 Jump Street where they meet Captain Dickson (Ice Cube). Because of their youthful appearances they go undercover as high school students, at their old school, where a new synthetic drug has been circling. They have to stop it from spreading to other campuses and bring down the supplier. Back at school they befriend Eric (Franco) and Molly (Larson), who are part of the popular group, and the investigation begins.
21 Jump Street is based on the 1987 police procedural crime drama television series by the same name. It is quite a successful retelling, or revival, of the series. Just by glancing at the cast list you would expect great comic relief, but not in a way that is extremely vulgar or annoyingly stupid and embarrassing. Jonah Hill is a great comedy actor, although it seems like he always play the same type of character, but he does it well. Next to him you have the handsome Channing Tatum. Together they create a perfect equilibrium. It’s not a pair that you would expect to work so well on screen, but somehow they compliment each other – the dialogues contribute to this. Also, this is a big break for Dave Franco and he is definitely following in his big brother’s (James Franco) footsteps – watch out for this guy.
I haven’t enjoyed a comedy action film this much in a while. The story, the actors and the technical aspects work so well together and complete the film as a successful whole. Prepare yourself for a great laugh and some kick-ass action.
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle and Ice Cube
Directed by: Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Genre: Action, Comedy
Release Date: 16 March 2012
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