Get Smart (2008)

Maxwell Smart (Steve Carell), the top analyst of USA intelligence agency CONTROL, hopes to become a Field Agent like his idol, Agent 23 (Dwayne Johnson), but despite scoring extremely well in the acceptance tests Max is denied the promotion because the Chief of CONTROL (Alan Arkin) thinks Max is too valuable as an analyst. This changes when CONTROL headquarters is attacked by their arch-enemy, the evil KAOS organization led by Siegfried (Terence Stamp), and almost all of CONTROL’s Agents are exposed and killed. Max becomes Agent 86 and is partnered with Agent 99 (Anne Hathaway), whose recent plastic surgery has protected her identity, while former field operatives like 23 are demoted to desk jobs.

Max and 99 travel to Russia on a mission to determine how KAOS has been getting nuclear weapons. Along the way, Max slowly proves to 99 that despite his inexperience and clumsiness he is actually a good field agent. The pair try to infiltrate KAOS’ Moscow nuclear weapons factory, which is disguised as a bakery, and even though Siegfried has been expecting them Max and 99 overpower the guards and plant explosives that will bury the nuclear weapons under rubble. Max even saves both 99’s life and his own by helping one of Siegfried’s henchmen, a man named Dalip (Dalip Singh), with his marriage problems using information gleaned from his analyst work. The Chief sends 23 to oversee clean-up of the bakery, but 23 reports that he has found no evidence of nuclear weapons, causing CONTROL to believe that Max is a double agent.

Siegfried threatens to distribute nuclear weapons to unstable dictators unless the US Government pays him $200 billion, and decides to establish the credibility of his threat by destroying Los Angeles with a nuclear bomb during the President’s visit. The US Vice-President doesn’t believe CONTROL’s claims that KAOS is a serious threat so the Chief, 99 and 23 go there to try and personally convince the President, to no avail. Dalip sends Max (who is in custody in Washington D.C.) a tip-off about the bomb via a radio call-in show, so Max escapes custody, equips himself with vintage items from the CONTROL museum (such as the shoe phone) and travels to Los Angeles himself to meet with the Chief and tell him about the bomb. Agent 23 doesn’t believe Max’s claims or his innocence, even though the Chief and 99 do. This, plus the fact that Max detects trace radiation on 23 (who had walked through the Moscow nuclear facility), causes Max to realize that 23 is the double agent. 23 takes 99 hostage and flees with the bomb’s radio detonator, and Max and the Chief give chase. They save 99, with Smart passionatly kissing Agent 23, which was a trick to distract him and kicks him into the flaming, track-led government Cadillac, but both 23 and the detonator are destroyed by an oncoming train. The three realize that the bomb, hidden in Disney Hall where the President is attending a concert, will be triggered when the orchestra plays the final note of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”. Reaching the Hall just in time, Max tackles the conductor, stopping the orchestra and stopping the bomb. During Siegfried’s escape, the terror mastermind insults Dalip once too often and Dalip throws him out of their car off a bridge and into a river.

The heroes celebrate their success in CONTROL headquarters. The President is very impressed with the agency, especially Max’s heroics. Max and 99 begin not-so-secretly dating and have bought a puppy, named Fang. The film ends with Max and 99 leaving CONTROL through the set of high-tech security doors, only for Max to get stuck in the last one.


Steve Carell as Maxwell Smart
Anne Hathaway as Agent 99
Dwayne Johnson as Agent 23
Alan Arkin as The Chief
Terence Stamp as Siegfried
Terry Crews as Agent 91
David Koechner as Larabee
James Caan as The President
Bill Murray as Agent 13
Patrick Warburton as Hymie
Masi Oka as Bruce
Nate Torrence as Lloyd
Ken Davitian as Shtarker
David S. Lee as Ladislas Krstic
Dalip Singh as Dalip

I watched this movie last Saturday, it was good actually, asides from some “errors” of fact in the movie (e.g: yellow cake for nuclear weapon.), but because it was a comedy, so those errors could be tolerable :), all in all, it was another slapstick movie that I liked :).

Anyway, I just found out that this movie was originally a comedy series back in the 60s.

I like Anne Hathaway in this movie, she’s so beautiful πŸ™‚

Best quote:

Maxwell Smart: There are 300 hundred Control Agents outside this building.
Siegfried: No there’s not.
Maxwell Smart: Would you believe 20 SWAT members?
Siegfried: No.
Maxwell Smart: How about Chuck Norris with a BB gun.



3 responses to “Get Smart (2008)

  1. Get Smart looks pretty good over all though it seems like Steve Carell is veering toward an excess of slapstick humor

  2. She is superhot. She also played in last 007 movie

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