Friday, April 13, 2012

21 Jump Street

Story: Two cops are unlikely partners goes undercover as high school students to fight crime. Based on the popular TV series.

Review: I am a huge fan of the TV series that launched Johnny Depp in stardom. This movie remake will turn on a different direction from the series. You don't need to watch or ask someone like me about the series so you can understand the movie. Think of it as another generation of the Jump Street program. As expected, Jonah Hill provided the comedy for the movie. What I didn't expect that he was the protagonist of the movie and not co-star Channing Tatum. It was quite a progress for Hill to make it for the main role. He was usually cast as a friend of the main character in previous comedy movies with Seth Rogen mostly. What is surprising here is that I never knew Tatum could also do comedy. Maybe because I think he is too buffed.

The idea or concept of the movie is that there are crimes that needed to be solved by police officers who look like they are still in high school. During the time of Depp, they were called babyface cops. Hill may still be passed as a high school but not Tatum. The movie also made me reminisced since I watched the series during my sixth grade and it has cameos from the TV casts. There is also the base of operations of the Jump Street program which is the same as the series. The series aired from 1987 to 1991 and spin-offed another series, Booker, which was a title role played by Richard Grieco as Dennis Booker.

The movie turned out pretty well better than I expected and it also paid tribute for the series in it's own way. There will be a sneak preview on the 23rd an 24th of April. 21 Jump Street opens regularly in local cinemas in May. Released and distributed by Columbia Pictures Philippines.

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