national_securtityblu‘National Security’ is one of those films that has plenty hilarious moments, yet can rub someone the wrong way with the prejudice jokes. Comedies do not always need the strongest stories to be successful. If there is a strong lead like a Steve Carrell or Will Ferrell, they have shown their capabilities on making a film with a terrible story rather enjoyable.Even though I am a fan of Lawrence’s, in ‘National Security’ his act has run dry. Audiences would feel differently with a worldwide box office gross of $49 million dollars, the film was rather successful in theaters.

Los Angeles police officer Hank Rafferty (Steve Zahn) would lose his partner Officer Reed (Timothy Busfield) during a warehouse heist by a group of burglars. With Reed killed, Hank wants to find his partner’s killer. Earl Montgomery (Martin Lawrence) failed in the Police Academy, so never making it as an officer has made him a bitter man. Hank is patrolling and finds Earl trying to get into his car after he locked himself out. To Hank it looks like Earl is trying to steal the car. Earl retaliates by yelling back at Hank that he is being racially profiled. A rather large bumblebee starts flying around both men as they are arguing. Earl begins to panic since he is allergic, so Hank tries to help by swatting at the bumblebee with his nightstick. Nearby there is a gentleman filming the whole fiasco, making it look like Hank is beating down Earl.

Hank gets accused of racial profile and is charged with aggravated assault. He is placed under investigation for a crime he never committed. Earl continues to say that he was beaten down. Hank is sent to prison for six months and has lost his job as a police officer. Hank lands a job for National Security as a security officer. Hank crosses paths with Earl at National Security as Earl also works there as a security officer. While Hank wants to get back at Earl for what he did to him, he still has to solve his former partners death, but there is also a smuggling ring that occurs which has ties back to Officer Reed’s death. They must work together to stop the criminals from getting away.

I found the story for ‘National Security’ to be rather slim besides the comedic moments. I think that Martin Lawrence was miscast for this film. I did not find him as funny as his part performances, even worse some of his racial jokes were a bit distasteful. I say this because throughout the entire film he is either berating someone about race or accusing others about racial profiling. This whole story is beaten to death and just becomes very tiresome in delivery.

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The transfer looks good, but nothing that you will scream as the best quality transfer. Colors are vibrant with deep blacks. Details are very strong. There is some subtle grain throughout the film. This is one of the better transfers that I have seen for a catalogue title.

The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. Sony engineers have done another great job here with the audio presentation. The last few Sony catalogue releases that I have reviewed over the course of the week have been excellent. The audio takes advantage of the soundfield with the rears getting a good amount of usage. Special effects such as guns blazing sound very good. Dialogue is clean and clear through the center channel. This is a well balanced mix with no issues of having to raise or lower the volume.

Special Features

  • Alternate Ending
  • “N.S.E.W.” By Disturbing Tha Peace – Music Video
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Director Commentary
  • BD Live

While ‘National Security’ has some funny moments, I can’t recommend this film. Martin Lawrence’s comedy act was a bit too much for me and drawn out. I expected him to be much more hilarious, except he turns into a whining comedy act. Steve Zahn did a good job in his role and it was a shame that the wrong Lawrence showed up.