7.25.2006

Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD (1998) mini-review

based on a comic book
[5/10]

David Hasslehoff as Nick Fury? Not as hard to take as Lisa Rinna (Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place) as Val de la Fontaine (Fury's apparent one-time love interest in the comics).

I was recently able to catch Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Encore Action. The movie follows the attempted resurrection of Fury nemesis Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker by his daughter (Viper), and Nick and Val's attempts to stop the spread of a horrible virus across Manhatten.

It pretty much watches like the (Fox) TV movie that it is, and has the obligatory campiness you'd expect in a 90's Marvel TV comic book adaptation. It has many of the regular superhero movie issues – it's too campy, the main character overacts, the villains are way over the top. Hasslehoff is just gruff enough to come across as silly. And what's with Lisa Rinna's hair? It would change styles back and forth a few times in the same scene (from windblown to slicked back, to windblown, and back again).

See it if you're a huge Nick Fury fan or a comic book movie completist like me.

Don't see it if you'd rather spend your movie-watching time with some of Marvel's more recent better-made films.

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