Director: Peter Segal
Cast: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne "The
Rock" Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terence Stamp, Terry Crews,
David Koechner, James Caan, Masi Oka, Nate Torrence, Kenneth
RunTime: 1 hr 50 mins
Released By: GV
Official Website: http://getsmartmovie.warnerbros.com/
Opening Day: 19 June 2008
Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell) is on a mission to thwart the
latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate
known as KAOS. When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency Control
is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised,
the Chief (Alan Arkin) has no choice but to promote his ever-eager
analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in
the field alongside stalwart superstar Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson).
Smart is partnered instead with the lovely-but-lethal veteran
Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway). Given little field experience and
even less time, Smart--armed with nothing but a few spy-tech
gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm--must thwart the doomsday
plans of KAOS head Siegfried (Terence Stamp).
The one person who makes this movie one notch above other
run off the mill comedies out there is a certain Steve Carell.
he was not that hilarious in Evan Almighty (2007) and we almost
thought he was turning into a serious actor in Dan in Real
Life (2007). But as Agent 86, Carell gives a spot on performance
which had us adoring his deadpan personality long after the
end credits rolled. For the record, he wins the the girl too.
Ah, why do things like that happen only in movies? And to
someone who is as slapstick as Carell?
premise of the movie is straightforward. Maxwell Smart works
in CONTROL as a boring analyst (no offence to my academic
friends out there), and gets promoted to an agent after he
passes a test with flying colors (or so he thinks). Of course,
the glamour of being an agent comes with a price. Before he
knows it, the funnyman is given the task of saving the world.
It involves conspiracies, espionage and other perilously treacherous
matters. It doesn’t help that he has a thing for his
female counterpart Agent 99 played by the luminous Anne Hathaway
(Brokeback Mountain, The Princess Diaries). And not to mention
a whole motley crew of supporting characters to make this
movie fun and zany.
see, there’s Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (The
Game Plan, Gridiron Gang) who plays Agent 23 with his larger
than life biceps. The wrestler’s spot on comedic flair
is getting increasingly amusing. Then there are respectable
veteran actors like Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine, Rendition)
and James Caan (Misery, Dogville) who lend credibility to
this breezy summer popcorn flick. Also, check out the cheeky
appearances by Bill Murray (Broken Flowers) and Masi Oka (TV’s
Heroes) which makes the already hilarious picture even more
be kept amused by the actors’ witty performances, especially
by Carell who engages you with his deadpan one liners and
poker faced expressions. The man has got what it takes to
be a real funnyman. Move over, Jim Carrey.
by Peter Segal (50 First Dates, The Longest Yard), this movie
is based on a 1960s television series created by Mel Brooks
and Buck Henry. Writers Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember (Failure
to Launch) may not have adapted this classic favorite with
the necessary contemporary touch, but it’s got a nostalgic
old school charm to it. The laughs of this come in quick spurts,
which are good enough to keep viewers chuckling throughout
this 110 minute movie. Besides, there are some decent action
sequences which involve adrenaline filled fight choreography,
expensively loud explosions and intense chasing scenes. There
are some bits which you may have seen in the trailer, but
you’ll still guffaw at them when they play out on screen.
comedy may be frivolous. The movie may be unimportant. But
it’s so crazy, madcap and wacky, it makes us forget
about the oh so serious matters that plaque our everyday lives.
And we think that’s good enough to make this movie a
nice fluffy date on a weekend.
(The movie is pure entertainment - It’ll be difficult
not to be amused by Carell and his antics)
Review by John Li