Men in Black airline safety video

For years, Air New Zealand has embraced the fact that they’ve become a tourist destination for those who are fans of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film adaptations by using the director and his big screen versions of J.R.R. Tolkien’s characters for their airline safety videos. But now that the Middle Earth franchises are over, it’s time for a new film franchise to step up.

The newest Air New Zealand partnership is with Sony Pictures, and together they’ve made a Men in Black airline safety video, merging the secret organization that fights the scum of the universe with the trusted Kiwi airline.

Here’s the Men in Black airline safety video from Air New Zealand:

This doesn’t seem like a very timely safety video, mostly since the last Men in Black movie came out three years ago, and there isn’t a new sequel or reboot coming up anytime soon (unless the 21 Jump Street sequel mash-up with Men in Black actually ends up happening), but it’s at least a nice change of pace from the usual boring safety videos you encounter on flights.

And while there’s no Will Smith or Tommy Lee Jones (or Josh Brolin for that matter), this is a pretty high-tech airline safety video that really went out of its way to recreate the Men in Black headquarters rather meticulously. Plus they went out of their way to cover the catchy rap theme song from the original 1997 movie, but with rhyming safety guidelines instead of Smith’s lyrics.

And there are cameos from Rip Torn as Zed and also the talking alien dog Frank the Pug. But for New Zealand’s sports fans, the stars of the video are players from the All Blacks rugby team (see, because they’re the real Men in Black!), including David Campese, Martin Johnson and Agustin Pichot, who are apparently kind of a big deal.

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