Maxwell Smart 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 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. Smart is partnered instead with the only other agent whose identity has not been compromised: the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99. As Smart and 99 get closer to unraveling KAOS’ master plan–and each other–they discover that key KAOS operative Siegfried and his sidekick Shtarker are scheming to cash in with their network of terror. Given little field experience and even less time, Smart–armed with nothing but a few spy-tech gadgets and his unbridled enthusiasm–must defeat KAOS if he is to save the day.
Genres: Comedy, Thriller and Adaptation; Running Time: 1 hr. 50 min.; Release Date: June 20th, 2008 (wide); MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some rude humor, action violence and language.
Director: Peter Segal
Cast: Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Alan Arkin, Terrence Stamp
I used to watch the old series and Don Adams is a unique comic actor. Steve Carrell’s portrayal of Maxwell Smart was very good. There’s enough of the old stuff to keep you reminiscing and even a fun little cameo from one of the surviving members of the original cast. Even more so than earlier film attempts, they made this for the big screen with action that would’ve never been possible on the old series. For those who may not remember the original series, this is a great primer to go and catch up with it if you can.
I think the main disappointment for me was a lack of chaos (pun intended). In the series, Smart seemed to just leave a constant stream of chaos in his wake. There was less of that here. All the larger and expected gags were there, but it just lacked a lot of the little gags that were so much a part of the series. But overall it’s a good watch.
Long Live C.O.N.T.R.O.L.!