Men In Black

release year: 1997
genre: sci-fi/humor
viewing setting: theater, 7/3/97 and 7/20/97 (snuck in)
what I expected: a silly sci-fi flick with snappy dialogue and great special effects
what I got: pretty much what I expected, plus a lot of societal and situational humor

synopsis: There are aliens on Earth - have been, ever since 1947. In fact, Earth has become a refuge of sorts, its alien denizens policed by a top-secret government organization: the Men in Black. A young cop is indoctrinated into the organization, just in time to help deal with a nasty bug-alien who's got something capable of destroying the Earth.

impressions: This is one of those movies that's a blockbuster hit, and you can't quite place your finger on the reason. It's got great acting, humor, special effects, and plot - yet, it's a different kind of movie than Terminator 2 or Aliens. All in all, it's a helluva fun ride.

acting: Tommy Lee Jones is the older veteran MIB, while Will Smith is the fresh recruit. Both do fine jobs in their roles, and are supplemented by Linda Fiorentino and an assortment of aliens (good, bad, and ugly.)

final word: This one is sure to become a favorite, just as it's sure to spawn a sequel. If you like sci-fi, you need to check it out.

rating: B-

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