Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin
It’s been ten years since the release of Men In Black II, the less than stellar sequel to the wildly popular first movie, noted for its great aliens and smart gags.
In the past decade there have been plenty of super-heroes around to save the planet from extinction, so no urgent need for the men in black to break out the Ray-Bans and sharp suits for a third outing. But here they are, and critics have been mildly surprised to record that the movie is actually pretty entertaining. Which is almost against all the odds, as shooting started without a completed script and the actors were being handed their dialogue minutes before the cameras rolled.
Still, the alien baddy is pretty cool and Josh Brolin steals the show as the younger version of Agent K. The extra-terrestrial serial killer Boris is seeking revenge on K (Tommy Lee Jones) whose actions have caused the extinction of Boris’ species.
So when Boris escapes from his high security jail he goes back in time to kill the operative, and change the timeline so he can wreak havoc unhindered.
Agent J (Smith) follows him back in history and meets up with his laconic partner K as a young man (Brolin is spot on with every nuance of Tommy Lee Jones’ character) and the two have to team up to save K’s life, and, of course, to save the future of mankind.
As sequels go it’s definitely a lot better than MIB II, so worth a popcorn punt.