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Get Smart (12A)

PUBLISHED: 12:41 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 24 August 2010

Pictured: STEVE CARELL as secret agent Maxwell Smart and ANNE HATHAWAY as Agent 99 star in Warner Bros. Pictures? and Village Roadshow Pictures? ?Get Smart,? distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Pictured: STEVE CARELL as secret agent Maxwell Smart and ANNE HATHAWAY as Agent 99 star in Warner Bros. Pictures? and Village Roadshow Pictures? ?Get Smart,? distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Copyright: © Warner Bros. Pictures 2007.

Get Smart (12A) wwws.warnerbros.co.uk/getsmart By Emerson Forde No summer film season is complete without its regular staples of films types. There ll be the inevitable Comic book adaptation, the animated film, the Sci-Fi blockbu

Get Smart (12A)

wwws.warnerbros.co.uk/getsmart

By Emerson Forde

No summer film season is complete without its regular staples of films types. There'll be the inevitable Comic book adaptation, the animated film, the Sci-Fi blockbuster and of course the TV adaptation.

Which, leads us to this week's new release Get Smart, based on a sixties TV comedy series. With these types of films they are either as good as say, Star Trek: Wrath of Khan or it's another Dukes of Hazzard. The good thing is it's no Dukes' however it isn't a Khan either, no it's somewhere in between.

The film stars Steve Carrell as Maxwell Smart, a desk bound intelligence analyst working for CONTROL spy organisation, who longs to become an agent. He gets his chance when KAOS agents destroy CONTROL HQ and he gets his long dreamed promotion.

Sent on his first mission to Russia with the Agent 99 played by Anne Hathaway to track down KAOS leader played by Terrence Stamp and stop his plan to detonate an Atomic bomb somewhere in the USA.

Carrell is super as the bumbling and accident prone agent Smart, you can see why he's Hollywood's favourite comic actor right now. Hathaway isn't bad either as the sexy and rather flirty Agent 99. There's a really comic spark between the two, and they share some great comic scenes together. A dance sequence at a foreign embassy comes to mind.

If only, the film had a little more comedy and a little less want to be action film you'd have a real gem of a film. The action scenes are all handled well but you feel they've been put in as the film has a summer release, they add nothing to the plot.

Ultimately the film just isn't consistently funny enough as a comedy or particular special as an action film.

times.series@archant.co.uk


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