Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D
Dir: Rod Hardy
Star: David Hasselhoff, Sandra Hess, Lisa Rinna, Neil Roberts, Tom McBeath
Cert / Year: - UR / 1998
Format: VIDEO

A top security S.H.I.E.L.D security centre is attacked by the villainous HYDRA, led by the beautiful VIPER (Sandra Hess), daughter of the evil Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, whose cryogenically frozen body they recover from the facility. In order to combat the renewed HYDRA threat, S.H.I.E.L.D command call on former head and self-exiled hero, Colonel Nick Fury (David Hasselhoff) who begrudgingly accepts the mission to stop HYDRA from releasing a deadly virus which threatens the America

Nick Fury is a low budget (and it shows!) television movie adaptation of the popular Marvel comics' character. I sincerely hope that they didn't really intend this to be seen as a serious comic adaptation as this is quite possibly one of the worst comic book adaptations ever. It is right up there with the Dolph Lundgren Punisher or the Matt Salinger Captain America. The direction is poor and lacks any real ingenuity or gusto, mind you considering Rod Hardy used to direct Aussie shows like The Sullivans and Prisoner Cell Block H there should be no surprise, although he also directed cult 70's series Chopper Squad the recent Battlestar Galactica ..... Ok, enough said then. If there was ever an 'actor' who was most unlike Colonel Nick Fury, then it would be David Hasselhof (although, he's big in Germany apparently). Hasselhoff has managed since his flouncy, permed, heydays of the eighties to display the acting versatility of a log and his greatest success was always due to the fact that he was acting opposite a car (which often out-acted him). No matter what role he plays now, Hasselhoff still seems to be playing Michael Knight. In this instance, you really can't accept that this guy is supposed to be a grizzled and battle hardened soldier, much less a commanding officer and hero. Physically he hasn't got it and there are far more muscular, talented and suitable actors for this part. Hasselhoff chews on his cigarello (Not even a real cigar!) and has a mucky tide mark around his face which is supposed to be stubble, and to make him look really mean ...... they spray his face with water (or maybe he just sweats profusely). S.H.E.I.L.D agents now resemble a bike gang as they are all attired in motorcycle leathers, and the grunts or troops are all kitted out in the terribly fashionable blue urban combat clothing (impractical for any specialist anti-terror unit and wouldn't happen.... even in America).

Little. In fact, no resemblance to the comics and the characterisation is quite awful. Someone should have sent Hasselhoff to the scrap yard along with his former Knight Rider co-star and career. The only thing Hasselhoff can appear in nowadays is something he produces, Baywatch for example and even that has thankfully come to an end. This often risible dialogue is cheesy and corny and hammy performances are rife throughout. The best part about Mortal Kombat 2, Swiss beauty Sandra Hess is not particularly good here and is guilty of cheesy accents, cliché maniacal laughter and some pitiful dialogue. You only get a tiny flash of her action ability, possibly as it puts Hasselhoff to shame so they didn't want too much of that in there, especially when he so blatantly uses stunt doubles for most of his action scenes. The action scenes look amateur and the special effects are pretty poor too with some unimaginative work, blurred edges on superimposed shots, and as long as you don't look too closely the 'Heli-carrier' looks ok. The plot (if you can call it that) is full of holes and 'lame' is an understatement. If you value your sanity or if you were a fan of the characters, you really don't want to see this.

Rating: 0 out of 5

Reviewed by Logan Back Top Home