Number of Times Seen – Twice (12 Oct 2008 and 3 Mar 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A technical wiz working for a spy agency is made an operative and must pair with a top spy in order to stop the enemy organization KAOS from committing a terrorist act.
My Take on it – Fun big screen remake of the classic 60’s comedy show.
Steve Carell is great in the lead role and manages to keep this film both serious and fun at the same time.
Anne Hathaway is also perfectly cast here as Agent 99 and shows how deadly she can be as an operative.
The story itself is a bit weak, but they get the tone and feel of the hit TV show so well that it doesn’t matter as much because things stay nice and funny throughout.
Alan Arkin is great as Carell’s boss and they keep things moving along throughout.
The rest of the supporting cast is also great with The Rock, Terrance Stamp, Bill Murray, James Caan and Terry Crews all keeping things light and fun the whole way thru.
The action scenes are a bit overblown, yet still work within the context of things here.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The five-minute skydiving scene, where Maxwell Smart falls from the airplane, and is saved by Agent 99, was actually shot in real life. Led by Norman Kent, a world famous skydiving photographer, a team of professional skydivers shot the entire sequence over a total of seventy jumps during a four-week period, always jumping during sunset and sunrise, to keep continuity in the scene. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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