Review: Nick Fury – Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. / Cert: 15 / Director: Ron Hardy / Screenplay: David Goyer / Starring: David Hasselhoff, Lisa Rinna, Sandra Hess, Tracy Waterhouse / Release Date: January 20th
Those of you who are only familiar with Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury may be surprised to learn that the original comic book Nick Fury was a grizzled, hands-on white male with a full, if greying, head of hair. Bar an attitude and an eye-patch, Jackson’s ‘Ultimate’ Fury differs in many ways to the regular ‘616’ Fury. And much like Jackson’s version, this alternative version of Fury has also received the movie treatment.
Way back in 1998, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. was produced as a direct-to-TV movie. Here we find a ‘sent out to pasture’ Fury (Hasselhoff) being brought back into the S.H.I.E.L.D. fold to help nullify the reignited threat of the dastardly HYDRA organisation. Determined to bring her father, the evil Baron von Strucker, back to life and make HYDRA a feared force once more, Andrea von Strucker (Hess) decides to make a statement of intent by levelling Manhattan. Only Fury, complete with the assistance of S.H.I.E.L.D. faces old and new, can foil HYDRA’s plan and save the city.
With an opening that looks like it’s been pulled from Airwolf, this outing is certainly indicative of its time. With low-budget, primitive CGI, and full of late ’90s haircuts, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be scoffed at by many. But thanks largely to David Goyer’s ripe script, this is very much a comic book movie…
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