Sasha Cohen, ladies and gentlemen! There's really nobody like him. In a spy movie starring a 'football hooligan' who just so happens to run into his long-distanced top spy brother, and team up on an epic mission that takes them to the savannas of Africa, and beyond.
I found out about this movie via the notorious elephant scene (though it wasn't so notorious that I found out about it until now - Google it with care if it wasn't previously notorious for you either - NSFW), and as always it manages to surprise in so many areas, and even after seeming to stoop the lowest possible points of comedy it has you both chained and shying away until the very end of it.
As *I can't remember who I was going to paraphrase here anymore* says: Cohen really fills a hole in the cinema world right now. There's crude, but there's no one quite as dedicated or craftful.
What I'm really surprised about is how he manages to get people like Mark Strong, IRebel Wilson, Scott Adkins, Penélope Cruz (!)and Isla Fisher to follow along in his crazy movies! It feels like the landscape of mainstream cinema must have changed a bit to allow for things like this. You'd think they might not want that in their careers, but it's a particular form of greatness, it is. And maybe for Penélope in particular it was Sausage Party that opened the floodgates.
But hey, I'm part of those Fast & Furious franchise keep-alivers too! No shame. This was great.
rated 3.5/5: not bad at all