Its been 10 years since Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones wore their black suits, but this past weekend they donned them once more for the anticipated sequel Men In Black III. After being partners for the past 15 years, Agent J (Smith), still can’t figure out why his partner Agent K (Jones) is always so serious and shows little emotion. After fighting numerous aliens together he still does not know a lot about K’s past, before he became his partner. He will soon find out after the most dangerous alien criminal that Agent K has ever put away, Boris The Animal ( Jemaine Clement) escapes a maximum security prison on the moon. Boris has been waiting a long time to get his revenge on Agent K, for severing his arm so many years ago when he was captured. To do so, he gets a device that sends him back to that very day, so that he can once and for all kill K, and finish his plans of unleashing his alien race upon planet Earth. Agent J realizes that something is wrong when he shows up for work, and discovers that the agency has changed and Agent K has been dead for 40 years, and has never been his partner.
Now J must also use one of the time traveling devices to go back to 1969 and save his partners life, and restore order in the universe. J will also discover, that there have been secrets that K has kept from him all these years, and when he teams up with the younger K (James Brolin), these secrets will reveal themselves and answer the questions he needs answered. Questions like why K is so uninviting and serious, and why he has never settled down with anyone. He will only have a few hours to convince the younger K, that he is from the future and that by killing Boris this time around, is the only way to stop him from escaping in the future, and therefore returning to the past to kill K.
After 10 years since the last MIB, which some say was not as good a movie as the first one, I have to say that this one was quite entertaining. The pairing of Smith and Jones again was a pleasant reunion, and adding Josh Brolin to play a younger Agent K, was brilliant. Brolin, looked so much like a young Jones, and it was really cool to see a different and more likable Agent K. The evil alien Boris was very intimidating, especially when he first escapes the prison on the moon. I felt that opening scene, set the standard for the rest of the movie. The special effects, once again, were phenomenal as the master of horror and sci-fi make up, Rick Baker did wonders with the alien creatures in the film. The visual effects were also outstanding, and the action and comedy had a perfect blend. New York was once again the city of choice for most of the action scenes in the film, and one of those locations was Coney Island circa 1969. The movie was done in 3D, and that added to the fun, as there were a couple of scenes that were well worth the added 3-Dimensional effects.
The storyline played on the fact of Smith being a black man in 1969, which I thought gave the film some realism. This also made for some very funny scenes, especially when dealing with the NYPD back then. I thought this third installment was just as good as the first MIB, that came out 15 years ago. It also kept the timeframe in mind, as it took place 15 years from when they both became partners. I gave this film 3 Â½ aliens out of 4. It was really entertaining and it felt good to see the men in black once again save the planet from alien annihilation. The movie runs 1 hour and 46 minutes. Its rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, and brief suggestive content. It was written by Etan Cohen, from source material from the Malibu Comic by Lowell Cunningham. The movie was distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing.
Protecting the Earth from the scum of the Universe – MIB (1997)
Next movie reviewed: TBD