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MEN IN BLACK INTERNATIONAL
Movie review by David Blackwell

115 minutes, PG-13
STUDIO: Sony/ Columbia Pictures/ Amblin Entertainment
Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 6-14-2019
MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL is a spin-off that takes place in the MEN IN BLACK movie universe. Chris Hemsworth (who plays his character too much like Thor) and Tessa Thompson have definite chemistry in this movie, but the movie is somewhat forgettable despite the great action in it. I did enjoy this latest installment more than MEN IN BLACK 3. However, this latest installment of the MID series is suffering from lackluster box office and audience response.

In MIB: INTERNATIONAL, the plot revolves around two Men In black agents. The first is Molly who witnesses her parents getting neuralysed as the MIB agents are tracking an escaped alien. Molly helps the alien escape and avoids getting her mind wiped of the incident. It begins a 20 year quest to find the Men In black despite everyone else thinking Molly (Tessa Thompson) is crazy. She manages to find MIB and convinces them to train her and her first mission sends her to London as probationary Agent M. The other MIB agent is Agent H (Chris Hemsworth) who is becoming a shadow of himself after fighting against an attempted alien invasion by the Hive in Paris with Agent T (Liam Nesson) who has become the High T- the head of MIB London. Agent M and Agent H are together on a mission when the alien (Vungus the Ugly) that M is supposed to protect is killed by another alien looking for an alien weapon. Before the alien is killed, he warns M and H of a conspiracy within the Men In Black organization and the alien assassin. Their quest for the truth while being pursued by other Men In Black leads H and M to Marrakesh and the island fortress run by H's old flame, intergalactic arms dealer Riza Stavros (Rebecca Ferguson).

MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL isn't as strong in the story department, but the action and actors kept me watching. If you're looking for something original, wait for rental on DVD/ blu-ray or digital (streaming or digital rental). Unfortunately, the movie had its problems behind the scenes as Sony was too hands off with the writer of the spin-off and I heard the director (F. Gary Gray) clashed with producer Walter Parkes (who had final cut) over the vision of the movie. I read Gray tried to exit several times, but Sony convinced him to stay and two different cuts were tested (the director's cut and Parkes' cut). Sony went with the producer's cut for the theatrical cut. I do hope both cuts of the movie are on the blu-ray.

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