Men In Black 3 (May 2012)


Directed by:
Barry Sonnenfeld

Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin

Release date:
Fri 25, May 2012

Budget                $215 million
Box office            $623,862,476

     Men in Black 3 (stylized as MIB3 and alternately spelled Men in Black III) is a 2012 American 3D science fiction comedy film, released on May 25, 2012 and starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement and Emma Thompson. Principal photography began in New York City on November 16, 2010, taking place ten years after its predecessor Men in Black II and fifteen years after the release of the original Men in Black. Barry Sonnenfeld and Steven Spielberg returned as director and executive producer respectively. It is the third installment in the Men in Black film series based on Lowell Cunningham's The Men in Black comic book series.
     Men in Black 3 received generally positive reviews from critics and became a box office success with a worldwide gross of over $623 million. Buoyed by the film's success, another sequel has been confirmed.


     Boris the Animal, the last surviving member of the Boglodyte race, escapes from the LunarMax prison on Earth's moon with the help of his pet (the Weasel) and his girlfriend Lily (who would later die after Boris lets her get sucked into the moon's atmosphere), intent on going back in time and killing Agent K, who on July 16, 1969, had shot off one of Boris' arms and captured him. After investigating a spaceship crash in New York City, and following a skirmish in a Chinese restaurant, K learns Boris has escaped. K regrets not having killed Boris in 1969 and refuses to explain his reasons to J, who is then left suspended after demanding to know why. K returns to his apartment, and then all traces of K disappear. Arriving at MIB headquarters, Agent J discovers that only he remembers K as being alive in the present day, while all other MIB personnel remember K as having been killed in action in the year 1969.
     Agent O, the new Chief after Zed's passing, deduces from J's statements that a fracture has occurred in the space-time continuum. The two realize Boris time-jumped to 1969 and killed K, resulting in a now-imminent Boglodyte invasion of Earth which is vulnerable due to the absence of the protective ArcNet, which K had installed in 1969. Through electronics-shop owner Jeffrey Price, J acquires the same time-jump mechanism as Boris. After jumping off the Chrysler Building to reach time-travel velocity, J arrives in 1969 a day before Boris kills K.
     J follows a clue to Coney Island, where 29-year-old Agent K arrests him. After fruitless questioning at MIB headquarters, K has J placed inside a large Neuralyzer. At the last second, J says he will tell the truth of his mission. As a team, they follow Boris' trail to a bowling alley and then to Andy Warhol's Factory, where they meet the prescient alien Griffin, who possesses the ArcNet. Griffin tells them the Boglodytes destroyed his planet, and that he does not wish the Earth to suffer the same fate. Griffin warns the two agents of Boris' impending arrival and hurriedly leaves.
     Around the same time, the elder Boris arrives, meeting up with his younger self and convincing him to let him help, assuring that they will get the ArcNet and kill K so that the invasion will be imminent. The Agents later locate Griffin at Shea Stadium, where he gives them the ArcNet and instructs them to place it onto the Apollo 11 lunar rocket launch occurring in less than six hours. Upon arriving at Cape Canaveral, the agents and Griffin are arrested by military police. A colonel, however, allows them to continue their mission after Griffin uses his precognitive power to show the colonel how important the agents are and what the future will be like if the ArcNet isn't deployed.
     At the launch pad, J and K confront both the 1969 and 2012 incarnations of Boris. The elder Boris impales J with his spikes before they both fall off the pad; however, J uses the time-jump to travel back to the beginning of the fight and avoid the spikes before pushing the elder Boris off the pad. Meanwhile, as K battles the younger Boris, he ruptures a hose, causing it to spray liquid hydrogen on Boris' left arm, freezing it before he shatters it. K then plants the ArcNet on the rocket and the protective shield deploys after leaving the Earth's atmosphere. In the process, the elder Boris is incinerated to death by the flames from the rocket's boosters.
     The Colonel congratulates K returning from the launch pad. As J watches from the distance, K offers to employ the Colonel into the MiB, but the younger Boris emerges and kills the Colonel. Revealing his true form, the younger Boris tries to goad K into arresting him, but K refuses and instead shoots the young Boris, killing him. A young boy named James exits a military vehicle looking for his father, who happens to be the Colonel. He pulls out a pocket watch revealed earlier to have been passed down to Agent J by his father, making J realize that the young boy is actually his younger self. Unwilling to reveal his father's death, the young K neuralizes the young James, telling him his father is a hero. It was then J finally realized why K didn't want to tell him why he regretted arresting Boris in the first place.
     J returns to the present day, where he meets his partner at a diner. There, he shows K his father's pocket watch and thanks him. The senior agent replies that "it's been a privilege." As they leave the diner, Griffin, a few seats away, tells the viewers all is well with the world, except for an imminent asteroid impact on Earth if this is the timeline where K forgot to leave a tip. But when K returns to leave his tip, the asteroid collides with an orbiting satellite instead of the Earth, to which Griffin finally calms down and replies: "That was a close one."



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