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A Chick's Perspective On James Bond, Halle Berry & Die Another Day
Nov 22, 2002 (Updated Nov 22, 2002)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike.
Cons:Sloppy editing and directing in parts.
The Bottom Line: Could have been better. Could have been worse.
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In my 36 years of life - until today - I have never seen a James Bond flik. This, of course, shocked and amazed my friends along with probably every epinions movie writer. Because you never know what the next day will bring, I promised myself that I would go see Die Another Day the first day it came out.
And I did. This is what I think....
For those of you who want to know - is it worth going to without someone ruining it for me...the answer is yes. I give it a strong 3.5 stars based upon the fast paced action, Halle Berry's luscious performance of Jinx and Rosamund Pike scrumptious performance as Miranda Frost. Not too much gore, but lots of blow 'em up stuff, quite a few sexual innuendos, and some classic one liners.
The movie starts out with James Bond (Pierce Brosnan), getting himself into quite a mess with a diamond/weapons trade in North Korea. After being exposed as a british spy (oh yes - and killing a few people too), he is imprisoned in a North Korea facility and tortured for almost eighteen months.
Bond is finally released - or actually swapped - with another prisoner and instead of getting a grand ole welcome home, his buddies at NSA and MI-6 believe that he revealed all during his torturous moments.
Figuring that he has been set up, Bond sets out on an adventure to clear his name. He must meet up with the evil terrorist Zao (Rick Yune) who was actually the prisoner he was exchanged with. He would know who betrayed Bond.
Along the way, Bond runs into curvy Jinx (Halle Berry) who offers more than a view of Cuba. Funny thing is, she has more moves then any of his gadgets do.
Do Jinx and Bond find the evil Zao before he blows up the world?
Do Jinx and Bond get married and live happily ever after?
Does Bond clear his name?
This and other questions, can be answered once you see the movie!
What I Liked
I have to tell you that the women in this movie - although clearly overshadowed (in screen time) by the men - did a lot for me.
Let's start with academy award winner Judi Dench. I can't find a flaw with this woman...EVER! She's sharp, quick-witted, and plays a strict and high-profile woman with power. Judi had chemistry with every actor she ran lines with. I felt a real mother/son type relationship between her and Pierce, especially when they were discussing the evil Zao.
I've never considered myself a Halle Berry fan, but I must say that I enjoyed her scenes minus the first sexfest with Pierce Brosnan. She was quite believable as a spy AND as a hot woman. No wonder Justin has it bad for her :).
I want to say that Rosamund Pike blew me away. I think it was more her presence then her acting. She had that femme fatal act down. She had incredible chemistry with Pierce Brosnan.
And I would be a bad girl if I forgot to mention the last fight scene between Rosamund and Halle. WOW!!! It was almost better than a softcore porn show. Rosamund was wearing some funky halter top with some kicka*ss pants. It was just one of those 'moments' :).
Madonna, who makes an appearance as a fencing instructor, did a solid job as Verity. Her lines were very sharp-tongued and it reminded me of her persona from Erotica.
And by the way, if you haven't caught her song, the title song of this film Die Another Day, then you don't know what you're missing!
On to the men I liked....
Toby Stevens was impressive as a british man playing a korean man. I felt that he had more chemistry with Pierce Brosnan then Halle did.
In the short amount of time that we get to see the 'real' Rick Yune, I liked what I saw. He wasn't in as much of the movie as 'himself' (i.e. Zao) so the first ten minutes of the film - where we get to see him interact with Bond - is a real treat.
What I Didn't Like
Usually, where sex is involved, I'm not a frigid wench who expects a long courtship in order to get down to business. Of course I am only hypothetically, speaking about movie relationships here... I felt zero electricity between Jinx and James and watching them go at it like dogs didn't do a thing for me.
If you remember my review of XXX with Vin Diesel, then you remember that I like blow 'em up stuff that isn't too gory.
The opening scene was just TOO much blow em up - almost to the point of - there was no point. I got bored and couldn't wait for that part to be over with it.
During the first third of the movie, I felt like director Lee Tamahori was too caught up in making sure that every ounce of cheese was squeezed into those moments. It's like he was trying to make sure that every James Bond cliche was fulfilled during this period. Yawn.
And my last complaint was about some of the special effects. I'm not one of those sticklers for special effects - it really doesn't take a lot to impress me :). I saw so many 'blue screened' type shots throughout the movie with the silliest one showing Pierce surfing with a parachute. Can you say sloppy? Can you say bad?
What About Pierce?
Yeh. I was wondering when you'd ask that question. I don't find Pierce all that appealing. I can take him or leave him. Some people (like Judi and Rosemund), he had great chemistry with. Others, like Halle, he had no chemistry with. Maybe if Ben Affleck played Bond, I might be more in to it :).
Die Another Day is rated PG-13 for action, sexuality, and violence. Personally, I wouldn't take any kid under 14 to it. Even thought the violence isn't more then what you see in any ordinary video game, I felt like the sexual stuff was a bit much.
So I had some legit complaints...why give it 3.5 stars? Because. There were enough moments within the movie to overlook some of the sloppiness. It's definitely worth a matinee and/or a rental once it is released on video.
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