By Jess Fenton
20th May 2012

It’s been 10 years since the last MIB film and 15 since they first exploded on the big screen, and they’re not afraid to say it - time being the key ingredient in Barry Sonnenfeld’s latest alien outing. ‘MIB3’ sees the effects of time, experience and simply ‘seeing too much’ take its toll on our favourite alien fighting duo.

After a disappointing yet still successful sequel in 2002, the MIB franchise has now come back older, wiser and stronger. Learning from their mistakes and maturing, this third outing has taken on a different tone than the previous two films, and is all the better for it.


Suffering from the strains of a 14 year stoic partnership, J and K’s friendship and working relationship is put to the ultimate test when an enemy of K’s, Boris the Animal (Jemaine Clement) escapes from prison and sets forth a series of cataclysmic events. It seems that Boris has gone back in time to prevent his capture and irreversible injuries by killing the agent responsible for them, K, forcing Agent J to follow Boris back to 1969 to prevent him from succeeding.

44-year-old Josh Brolin plays the 29-year-old (plus some city miles) Agent K in a highly entertaining and uncanny performance. Still boasting Will Smith’s comic flare, Tommy Lee Jones’ (and now Josh Brolin’s) signature stoicism and fantastic creature designs and visual effects, ‘MIB3’ can now add "heart" to its repertoire as the film delves deeper and showcases K and J’s relationship like never before.

It may be the threequel no one was demanding but ‘MIB3’ still packs the strong comic and sci-fi punch.

It may be the threequel no one was demanding but ‘MIB3’ still packs the strong comic and sci-fi punch audiences loved from the first film. The audience has grown up, and so has the story and its players - this one will not disappoint fans.

In true trilogy style, this third film sticks with the rule that everything you thought you knew gets thrown straight out the window - in the best possible way.

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