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An average movie

Posted : 4 years ago on 19 November 2014 12:15

In my opinion, this James Bond was the best one starring Pierce Brosnan. I mean, ‘Goldeneye’ was definitely decent but I really didn’t like much ‘Die Another Day’ and ‘The World is Enough’ and this one was the best of the bunch. To be honest, I think the circumstances during which I have seen this flick also helped me to enjoy it even more. Indeed, back then I was in the Netherlands on holiday, for the first time without my father, I was there with my best friend at the time. We were having a blast and on the 1st of January (if I recall it correctly), we went to see this flick in the oldest movie theater in the Netherlands. It is in Amsterdam, it is called the Pathé Tuchinski and it looked gorgeous. Anyway, it was the perfect movie for us at this moment as it was rather brainless with tons of cool action scenes but the whole thing was really entertaining. As usual with those James Bond features, the story was not really amazing but I thought it was good enough. On top of that, I thought that Michelle Yeoh did a great job and, in my opinion, she was one of the most interesting James Bond girls as she was a little bit more than the usual eye-candy. To conclude, even though it is nothing really ground-breaking, I thought it was a decent watch and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you like the genre.

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Posted : 6 years, 1 month ago on 1 November 2012 12:47

"Soon I'll have reached out to and influenced more people than anybody in the history of this planet, save God himself. And the best he ever managed was the Sermon on the Mount."

Pierce Brosnan's first outing as James Bond, 1995's GoldenEye, continues to get a lot of love, and is now rightfully considered one of the finest 007 adventures in the franchise. Fortunately, in the eyes of this reviewer, 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies is a strong follow-up, even if it's not as fondly remembered as its predecessor. Helmed by Roger Spottiswoode, this was the first Bond offering to be produced after the death of long-time series producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli, who gets an honourable mention in the end credits. Tomorrow Never Dies is by-the-numbers but thrilling, adhering to the well-worn James Bond formula to create a genuinely fun 007 adventure that doesn't get as much credit as it should.

A power-hungry media mogul, Elliott Carver (Jonathan Pryce) hatches a scheme to incite a war between the UK and China, believing that his media group will absolutely flourish if such an event took place. Using a stealth boat commandeered by German giant Mr. Stamper (Götz Otto), Carver's team torpedoes a British military vessel in Chinese waters, generating the illusion that Chinese jets attacked it. Carver is too hasty in releasing headlines about the "attack," though, which looks suspicious in the eyes of MI6. Thus, James Bond is sent in to investigate Carver. Whilst digging for the truth, he discovers that one of former lovers, Paris (Teri Hatcher), is now Carver's wife. Bond also meets Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh), a spy working for the Chinese government who similarly suspects that Carver is up to no good. Teaming up, Bond and Lin set out to thwart Carver's plan and prevent World War III.

After seventeen movies, the James Bond formula has been perfected and honed, leaving screenwriters to retain the proverbial broad strokes but fill in the appropriate blanks. For Tomorrow Never Dies, writer Bruce Feirstein (GoldenEye) did a perfectly adequate job, packing his screenplay with globe-trotting espionage, evil bad guys, tough henchmen, elaborate action-sequences, one-liners and, of course, various gadgets, including a high-tech BMW that's full of surprises. One of the reasons why Bond has endured for so long is that the filmmakers endeavour to touch on topical social and political issues, keeping the franchise relevant. For Tomorrow Never Dies, the internet was becoming an established phenomena and the media was becoming more prominent, with perception of politics and global events more susceptible to media influence, bias and scrutiny. Thus, Feirstein's script embraces this frenetic media landscape, introducing a Blofeld-esque Bond villain looking to manipulate the media for his own nefarious ends. Feirstein inserted some sly satire, as well.

It almost goes without saying at this point in the Bond series, but Tomorrow Never Dies boasts some spectacular special effects. Produced in an era before CGI became so widespread, director Roger Spottiswoode's action sequences are deliciously old-fashioned, with his team employing impressive model work and carrying out perilous stunts to generate the spectacle. Spottiswoode may seem like an odd choice to helm a Bond-buster - after all, he almost killed Sylvester Stallone's career with the 1992 dud Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot - but he displays a sure hand during the action scenes, and the dramatic stuff is equally assured. With scenes set in China, Spottiswoode clearly tried to channel John Woo at times, and he did a decent job of it. Tomorrow Never Dies is filled with memorable fights and set-pieces, all of which are backed by David Arnold's competent, pulse-pounding score. Most notable is the stunning opening sequence which kicks off the picture with a real bang, and the climax which continues to up the ante in a spectacular fashion. For action junkies who crave a fix of explosions, shootouts and chases, this Bond outing delivers.

With Tomorrow Never Dies, Brosnan confirms that he was born to fill 007's shoes. Pierce is a spectacular Bond, bringing the character into the '90s with style and charm. Moreover, he does a terrific job of making Bond feel human, as he shows vulnerability and emotions. Pierce's biggest success is that you can believe him as both a vicious killer and a suave womaniser, which is a rare thing indeed. As the proverbial Bond villain, Jonathan Pryce is deliciously over-the-top in the role of Elliott Carver. Sinister, cunning and charismatic, Pryce chews the scenery in an effective manner, evoking the spirit of the larger-than-life villains which used to characterise this series. Michelle Yeoh, meanwhile, is an ideal Bond girl - more than just a sex object, Yeoh plays a capable, resourceful spy who doesn't need Bond to protect her. Yeoh showcases her impressive fighting abilities on a number of occasions, and she looks oddly comfortable here despite the flick's Western polish. Teri Hatcher is the only weak link, failing to overly impress as Paris. On the other hand, Ricky Jay is agreeably colourful as Carver's techie, and Götz Otto delivered a menacing performance as Carver's right-hand man. Rounding out the cast is the usual selection of series regulars - Judi Dench plays a great M, Desmond Llewelyn is forever amiable as our beloved Q, and Samantha Bond is a terrific Moneypenny.

As good as it is, Tomorrow Never Dies is not quite on the same level as its forerunner. GoldenEye was so successful due to its willingness to take risks. Its story concerned loyalties and betrayals, and it explored deep facets of Bond's psyche. The villain, Alec Trevelyan, was sinister and had a wonderful edge due to his status as a former Double-O agent. Tomorrow Never Dies is a comparatively safer outing, generating more of a testosterone-fuelled actioner than an action picture suffused with humanity. I can't complain too much, though - Tomorrow Never Dies is still very good at being what it is. As action spectacles go, they don't get much more skilful or enjoyable than this.


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Entertaining and very apropriate for today's world

Posted : 8 years, 1 month ago on 4 November 2010 02:52

Pierce Brosnan returns for his second outing as James Bond in this High tech; action packed bonanza. The opening sequence in this film starts off on a Russian Border in which many of the world's major terrorists happen to be hanging around. There is plenty of weapons and as the scene progresses Robinson (Colin Salmon) starts naming off their names as if it's child's play. Then Bond comes in and cleans it up with flare. Then again that's typical for most Bond films. The plot in this film is simple yet it is incredibly smart and sophisticated. Eliot Carver(an incredible Johnathan Pryce) is our main villain; hell bent on creating world war three in the southern china sea. "words are the new weapons and satellites the new artillery" an appropriate line for a movie about creating war in a world so media based as ours. With a great script form Bruce Fierstien(Goldeneye) and the excellent direction of Roger Spottiswood(Species) it's no wonder why Tomorrow never dies is such a pleasure to watch again and again.

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Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) review

Posted : 8 years, 9 months ago on 7 March 2010 03:18

"The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success."

The second Bond movie which featured Pierce Brosnan as the British agent wasn't as good as the first. Okay, so it had an interesting storyline, but compared to Goldeneye, it was a bit of a mess. Too much explosions and show of terrorism definitely clouded the film. It was still a good attempt, but if you made me choose between Goldeneye and this film, I'd choose the former. James Bond (Brosnan) is asked to investigate the sudden sinking and disappearance of a British warship carrying deadly missiles somewhere in the South China Sea. Their main suspect is Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce of the Pirates of the Caribbean series), a megalomaniac media mogul who is masterminding different acts of terrorism in an attempt to start a war between the British and the Chinese. His prize: exclusive broadcasting rights in China for the next century. On his superior's orders, James approaches Paris Carver (Teri Hatcher), the wife of Elliot and his former flame, whom he says was the only woman who "came too close for comfort". The same night as his arrival (which was during a party in Carver's building to celebrate the launch of his new satellites), a Chinese reporter, Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) also arrives and asks for a position in Carver's company. It turns out that Lin is with the Chinese Secret Service, and together they team up to stop Carver from carrying out his nefarious plans. Watch this film if you wish, and I hope you enjoy it a bit better than I did. ;)

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