Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Apparently, aliens have been landing on Earth for some time, and to reduce mass hysteria, the government has a special task force to contain these "illegal aliens" and to erase the memories of any humans who find out. An intergalactic cockroach terrorist who plots to take control of an alien galaxy comes to Earth to retrieve it and, while wearing the skin of a human, looks for two alien ambassadors to assassinate to further the plot of his race. The aforementioned agency must track him down and stop the alien plot to avoid the destruction of the human race and all life on Earth.
Despite the rather poorly crafted screenplay and shoddy directing by Sonnenfeld, there's just enough entertainment value in the interesting ideas (mostly stemming from the obscure comic book) to squeeze out a good time watching. Special effects rule the production, and while they are impressive, they also look very phony in many scenes, increasing the cheese factor even more than the bad humor could. As a comedy, it's pretty much a failure. As science fiction, it's nothing new outside of the comic book plot.
MEN IN BLACK is merely an escapist diversion,
with lots of bad qualities but just enough good ones to make it worthwhile.
Loads of eye-candy, theater-shaking sound, and relatively good actors hamming
it up and ad-libbing their way through most of the schlock add up to 90
minutes of entertainment. Hopefully for the sequel, which is inevitable
considering this film's grosses, they will have a script ready before they
begin filming and a director who knows what to do with it.
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