While 21 Jump Street is based on the popular ’80s TV series it isn’t a straight remake of the original series. In this version, no rx it presents a modern day take on the concept of police officers infiltrating crime rings by going undercover within places like high schools.
Before seeing this movie, doctor I read a review in the Ottawa Citizen and it only gave it two stars. I was shocked as other websites like Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb had it ranked pretty high. Despite this, I saw this movie over the weekend and actually really liked it.
The film takes a much more comedic angle, while mixing some action in, and it all really works together.. Two cops – played by Jonah Hill (who also co-wrote the script) and Channing Tatum – get reassigned to the 21 Jump Street program and are tasked with finding and bringing down the supplier of a new synthetic drug.
While they have become friends on the force in the past Jenko (Tatum) was the popular kid in high school while Schmidt (Hill) was the one who got picked on. Amusingly what represented “popularity” years before has changed and that throws a curve ball into their expectations.
How they play off one another, as they go through various experiences and challenges throughout the film, is flat out fun to watch. Basing their investigation on a fictional drug makes it especially hilarious as the characters and audience go along for the ride together learning about its effects and influence on events.
Never having considered myself a fan of Channing Tatum he impressed with some great comedic timing – the movie was so good that it actually made me like him. Meanwhile Jonah Hill brought exactly what one would expect out of him and Ice Cube flat out stole some scenes. There are also some big payoffs in the way of cameos. 21 Jump Street did a fantastic job of playing against expectations and cliches while providing some truly hilarious moments throughout.
The one downfall that this movie had was the trailer ruined the majority of the plot for me. Up until a certain point in the movie, you knew exactly what was going to happen.
Besides that, there isn’t much more anyone could ask for out of 21 Jump Street and hopefully it’s just the start of a franchise that would actually be deserving of one.