Die Another Day
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plot in a nutshell
Hey, it's a Bond movie, I think you're going to know the plot without ever
seeing the film. But things are slightly different this time around -
Halle Berry is the Bond girl.
Bond gets double crossed by an
MI6 agent, and ends up in North Korea getting the crap beat out of
him. He manages to get traded to a friendlier team, but now no one
trusts him. He's off to prove his innocence and trust worthiness, and
even a few scores.
There is of course the psycho
but rich and good looking villain intent on world domination, and the huge
weapon of mass destruction that only a Bond villain seems capable of
building. And in the end, Bond gets all the cool toys and all the hot
women, even in Iceland.
Spoiler Free Thoughts
I've actually watched four movies in the last week - Animatrix, About
Schmidt, The Pianist, and this. If you're a fan of the Matrix films,
you really should check out Animatrix since it will fill in some holes for
you. If you're looking for a movie that will tear at your heart and
shock you with man's depravity against man, rent The Pianist. And if
you want to see Jack do a decent job of controlling his personal tics and
getting back to acting, then watch About Schmidt.
if you're looking for explosions, wild car chases, hot women of easy virtue,
a couple sword fights, and Michael Madsen without a razor, than Die Another
Day is the obvious choice this week.
this film first hit theaters, critics said the Bond license was old and
tired. Films like xXs or Bourne Identity are supposedly the 'new' spy
films. Of course, this would assume that the Bond license wasn't old
and tired 40 years ago.
I'm being a bit rough. But let's be honest - Bond films have never
been great art. They are pretty much mindless pleasure at it's best,
and the greatest failures have been when they created plots that were too
complicated or unnecessary. Stick with the car chases, cute gadgets,
and hot women. It works.
what you get here. Every past Bond cliche gets a re-airing, and we
even get to see a few of the great old props from the early films.
Halle Berry is one of the better Bond girls to grace the screen, and her
acting isn't her biggest asset in this film. Brosnan continues to
provide a suave, good looking Bond that is generally one step ahead of his
that's my only real complaint with this film - there are several occasions
where James isn't quite his old self. From his initial capture, to his
inability to see who the traitor is (even when it couldn't get much more
obvious), he seems to be a tad distracted here. Perhaps he IS getting
a little old, but it's nothing a little ginko biloba couldn't fix.
are some great stunts, great explosions, and a decent sword fight or
two. There are also several over the top, truly ridiculous, and
obviously CGI assisted stunts which I could have done without. There
are also a handful of plot holes I'll discuss in the spoiler section, but if
you're a big fan of the genre, and you don't mind seeing familiar themes,
gadgets and girls, you'll enjoy this ride.
Rating - Rent it, if you're
a fan of the genre
bought this flick. I'm sorry I did now. I bought it because I'm
a big fan of great sounding DVD's, and this one touted a DTS ES track.
Since I have very few DVD's with a true, discrete sixth channel, I jumped at
out, it's a bit of a lie. It's a DTS ES 5.1 track. I have no
idea what that means, but I do know that it didn't have a discrete sixth
channel. Ah well - it still sounded pretty fantastic. But after
watching it once, it's unlikely to get much of a workout.
Spoiler Laden Thoughts
There are a couple plot
points I'd like to mention, and they are definitely spoilers if you haven't
watched the film.
I know Bond films aren't usually the best written, tightest plots. But
there were two things that really jumped out at me here, and are worth
mentioning. First, when the DNA alterations occurred on our villain,
what happened to his martial arts training? It seemed as though he
went from Jet Li to John Saxon with the face change.
the one thing that really bugged me, buzzing around me like a damn mosquito
on steriods, was Bond's inability to realize who the traitor was.
Okay, let's see - the Icelandic diamond man has himself a right hand girl
who also is an agent. She's been watching him for several
months. She says he's an alright kind of guy. Bond knows
better. Bond knows he's really the big bad North Korean, transformed
into a fascist of a different color. Bond also knows that someone in
his agency is working with him. Gee, could it be THE AGENT HE'S BEEN
WITH FOR THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS?
Oh well - I guess Bond always did have a weakness for the ladies.