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Men in Black 3 (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  25 May 2012 (USA)
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Agent J travels in time to M.I.B.'s early days in 1969 to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.



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After breaking out of a moon-based maximum security prison, Boris the Animal decides to go back in time and eliminate the person who arrested him - Agent K. When he does so, Agent J realizes that the time line has been changed and he too travels back to July 15, 1969, the day before Agent K is killed. After overcoming some disbelief, J manages to convince K and others of just who he is and why he's there. With the help of a being who can see all time lines, they track Boris down. J also learns a secret, something K had never told him. Written by garykmcd

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, and brief suggestive content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 May 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

M.I.B.³  »

Box Office


$225,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$54,592,779 (USA) (25 May 2012)


$179,020,854 (USA) (7 September 2012)

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Young Agent K is wearing the watch that will become the light source for the Grand Central Station Locker Creatures in Men in Black II (2002). This can be seen clearly when Young agent K and J are having Pie before the Mets fans enter. See more »


In the new/alternate present time-line Boris didn't get imprisoned, escape, and use the device to go back in time. He left for home. So he wouldn't have gone to the store to get the time travel device. J wouldn't know when the one armed Boris went back to. There would be no entry in his log book in the new time-line. See more »


[first lines]
Prison Guard #1: Well, well, Boris the Animal has a visitor. I guess one every 40 years is okay.
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At last a good sequel
26 May 2012 | by (Greece) – See all my reviews

Once again our favorite MIB agents Jay & Kay are battling it out for earth. Quick action, colorful villains, beautifully designed settings and CGI, comic relief in the face of imminent destruction, all those made the first two movies great as well as successful in the box office. Could they better the formula in the face of all the other bad sequels we have been seeing for years?

This is one of the reasons I had stepped into the cinema with trepidation. (Good grief, was it 1997 when I saw the first and ten years ago the second? How time flies). The other reason was the pitfall of time travel.

Time travel is one of the favorite themes in sci fi movies but it needs to be handled carefully. My humble word of advice to the script writers: Keep-It-Simple. Avoid overtly complicated jumps back and forth and paradoxes that confuse the audience. Remember the eventual mess in the Back To The Future trilogy? I was then so pleased to see that they kept the time travel relatively simple and easy to follow. There was a small part when they crossed the line juuust a tiny bit when young agent Kay meets a certain father and son (don't want to spoil it). Even if traveling back in time was possible, you wouldn't necessarily bump into everyone you know in the present.

Will Smith is in his usual good form in his character Jay which however needs Kay to balance him. It is then fortunate that Brolin gives a great performance as the young agent.

Was it better than the 1997original? It was as good, without the novelty value obviously. Was it as good as the MIB2? I would say that it surpassed the second.

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