Earl (Martin Lawrence) and Hank (Steve Zahn) can't seem to escape each other. They met on opposite sides of the law during a routine traffic stop but now they've been thrown together to bust a million dollar smuggling o... more »peration. As hare-brained as their plan may be, these unlikely partners might just solve a crime... if they don't kill each other first.« less
RD S. (rds93291) from GRANADA HILLS, CA Reviewed on 8/12/2010...
The only thing thing good about this film-Steve Zahn,He's great in all His films.
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Martin Lawrences best movie since Blue Streak
bart | Framingham, MA | 01/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"National Security is the perfect movie to see this year. I saw it the day it came out and I want to see it again. It stars one of the best comedians today (Martin Lawrence) and another funny misfit (Steve Zahn from SAVING SILVERMAN). The movie is funny yet has good action. Here is the plot.
Steve Zhan plays Hank. An LA policeman who is bent on revenge to finding the guy who killed his partner in gun battle. Lawrence is Earl. A guy who just got kicked out of the force after turning a practice session into a disaster. Plus Earl always thinks that people have a problem with him because he is black- not because of his attitude. One day while Earl is trying to have a regular day, he realizes he left his keys in his car and tried to stick his hand in and get it. Hank catches him and interrogates what is going on. While that is happening, a bee comes by and Earl is allergic to bees and so Hank tries to get the bee away but the way they were positioned, it looked like Hank was beating on Earl and a guy who near by got the whole thing on camera. Because of that, a huge commotion started thru out the state about a white cop beating a black civilian. Hank is fired from the police and sent to jail for 6 months and Earl just kicks back and lets the whole thing happen even though he knows it was a bee.
Hank serves his six months and after getting out he tries to do something similar toward police work- a job as a security guard. While on the job, Hanks gets called about a robbery and goes to check it out. It seems that the robbers were the guys he had an encounter with in the past and one of the guys was his partner's murderer. Hank goes into action right away and a fellow security guard who worked in the building comes to back up Hank and that person just happens to be Earl!! The two would've had a long argument but realized it wasn't the time and chased the bad guys but they were stopped by the police. Police that Hank kidnapped Earl for revenge but Earl decided not to have anything bad happen to Hank this time although it would have felt real good. Hank goes on to try find these guys who did the robbery because its personal and Earl thinks it is personal too because one them called him a monkey- and he thinks he was called that because he is black. Both Hank and Earl go on the case even though they are not policemen and along the way they go through many arguments that sometimes lead toward zany consequences like fighting over which to go on the street- right or left and they end up jumping the highway into a pile of portable toilets. Hank and Earl must try to put the past aside so they can help each other to try and find these bad guys.
National Security loaded with intense action, thrilling chase scenes, gun battles, fist fights, and many parts that will make you laugh hard. It's definitely as good as blue Steak and you should see it while it is still in theaters."
bammargerafan187 | usa | 10/15/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is about a guy( Martin Lawrence), who accuses a cop( Steve Zahn) of beating him, so he can get on the police force, whn really he was just beating a bee that Martin Lawrences charactar was afraid of. So he goes to prison for 6 months, than they reunite, and have to stick together to take down some criminals. Good Film!"
An action excuse to racism
grilva | NJ, USA | 10/11/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I was really amazed with the attitude of the character played by Martin Lawrence. It was absolutely racist to the point that the Lawrence character send an innocent cop to jail and that is supposed to be funny. His obsession about being black is showed during most of the scenes with special stress on his lack-of-brilliant conclusion to the white cop when he tells him that "being innocent in jail + your girlfriend dumped you + an underpaid job after that" means you're a black guy. Basically the simple action plot was just an excuse to portrait was the movie is about: A different version of racism, promoted by the black not-funny main character.Maybe I am not the target audience of this movie!. At least it was a rental"
Loved this movie! All except the very beginning first 10 min
Cottrell53 | , Iowa United States | 03/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Didn't like the first 10 minutes, but the rest of the movie we liked. Loved Martin in Police academy, hilarious! Bumble bee incident and the chasing of the semi truck.
Martin ends up woking with Earl to go after the bad guys, but what do you know. The police get in the way of the pursuit. What a surprise.....NOT. Police are never in the right place at the right time, the movies are no different. Crooked cops do exist, not just in the movies.
Very funny... Not a rental but as a purchase..Love this movie.
If you are a cop lover, you won't like this movie.
Martin's comedy rocks! Martin's character and Earl made the movie for us. Once again the bad guys got caught. See crime doesn't pay! Even if you are on the other side of the law."