Nick Fury: You know that’s the problem with you and the Third Reich: no sense of humor.
Beware: Spoilers may follow.
Samuel L. Jackson has very much made the character of Nick Fury into his own over the past decade of the MCU. Despite him having no movie to call his own, Nick Fury has very much become a memorable and enjoyable character in just about every MCU movie no matter how long he’s been gone from them. However before Jackson came in there was a TV movie involving the character made by 20th Century Fox in 1998. It was meant to be a pilot to a TV series that never came to be. And as far as this movie goes it’s not a great movie but there is stuff worth remembering about it.
The story involves former Shield Agent Nick Fury (David Hasslehoff) who has exiled himself in the Yukon ever since the Cold War ended. He is asked by Shield to return to duty to take down agents of the villainous organization known as Hydra. The daughter of former Hydra Head (and Fury’s old enemy who made him lose his eye) Baron Von Strucker, known as Viper (Sandra Hess), has taken over the organization and has created a deadly virus threatening to release it upon Manhattan unless the organization is paid $1 billion. Thus Fury with the help of a few allies must save the day.
The plot for the movie is very much stock with an old friend getting killed to make the hero’s plight personal, a young rookie who isn’t very skilled but has plenty of heart, and an old flame to get Fury back into the game. The dialogue is also rather cheesy in all its one-liners and various scenarios the movie set such as its action and plot points such as the LMDs. The writer of this movie wrote classics such as Blade and Batman Begins after this and while there isn’t much trace of the talent of the writing in those movies in this one you can tell the writing knows how to utilize its tone. It very much embraces the camp of the whole thing. While the movie doesn’t offer much in its basic plot in terms of deep and complex characters or themes the story doesn’t muddle itself in any complexity either and keeps the plot as energetic as it can. This prevents the weak spots of the movie from engulfing the whole thing. The whole movie is just cheesy and clichéd fun and as far as that goes there are a couple of chuckles that can be had through some of the lines intentional or not.
Hasslehoff’s performance as Fury tries to come off as tough and intimidating in his play by his own rules demeanor but no matter how hard he tries to be awesome the dialogue he has given to him just makes him sound cartoony. There’s no sense of seriousness to any of it no matter how hard he tries to make it sound as such. He’s also very much slow and stiff in his movements when it comes to action. You can tell at a lot of points where a stunt double was doing the action where he couldn’t.
There’s also Sandra Hess as Andrea Von Strucker aka Viper and her performance is hamming it up all throughout the movie and it perfectly goes hand in hand with the rest of the movie’s tone in its story and characters. The one main problem is that Hess’ attempt at a German accent is horrid and it sticks out like a sore thumb all throughout the movie.
Finally you have the supporting cast like Lisa Rinna as Contessa, Garry Chalk as Dugan, Neil Roberts as Alexander Pierce and none of them are horrid casting choices but they don’t get much to do in comparison to the mains.
On the whole Nick Fury: Agent of Shield is not a great or even good movie. It is so generic in its main plot and characters as you can get and the movie executes both those aspects as souch. But it has a certain level of fun in doing so that it can suck you in and you can walk away with something good or something bad from it. If you’re hoping for something action packed and intense you won’t find that here. But if you just want something just downright ludicrous from Marvel you’ll get a couple of chuckles out of this movie.