Men in Black (1997) PG (4 Star)
When New York Cop James Edwards chases a felon through the city, he unearths the best kept secret in the world: The Men in Black.
His talents are spotted by the chief “Z” (Rip Torn) of the intergalactic extra terrestrial monitoring organisation and he is pulled on board to the top secret agency, having all of his personal details removed and renamed “Agent J”. He is partnered with long serving Agent “K” (Tommy-Lee Jones) and is given his first mission: To save the world from destruction and been thrown into the middle of an intergalactic war zone, created by an evil space terrorist bug.
Although the film does take time before the plot begins to gel together, that time is filled with the genius exploration of the science fiction world created by Ed Solomon and his writing team.
The Men In Black patrol planet Earth and monitoring registered aliens at the same time from keeping the space-age world secret from the humans they live by. The society created by Solomon is brilliantly thought out, incorporating universal immigrant and terrorist issues as though it was perfectly feasible in everyday life.
The entertainment factor comes alive when Agent J is shown around the gadget department of the bureau and the gadgets are flaunted around screen.
From the “Noisy Cricket” gun to the “Flashy-Memory-Thingy, every gadget in the film is so intelligently thought through that Mr Bond himself will be pushing to the front of the Hamley’s queue this Christmas to buy his own plastic replica.
The ninety-eight minute running time allows the film to move quickly through time without losing major plot details, and enough to hook audiences and critics alike.
The trademark flair of Will Smith shines into the character of Agent J and his interaction with the emotionless Agent K leads to one of the most reknown “seasoned Oldie-new-kid-on-the-block” partnerships this generation has seen on the big screen.
On top of the family fun factor runs the serious threat of an alien takeover on our very own planet, Agent J must learn quickly on the job in order to save the world.
Aliens beware. Audiences grab popcorn. Here come The Men in Black.