Die Another Day Reviews
We get the typical world domination plot involving goofy technology that gets really silly and over-the-top, and, were this a Moore era film, I'd understand, but this is Brosnan! This is easily the worst entry in his tenure. He's okay, but you can tell he's getting bored wit hit. It also stings that talents like Halle Berry and Michael Madsen get wasted.
There's plenty of action, but unfortunately a lot of it is undercut by bad effects, and the film's insistence on referencing all the other films as a tribute to 40 years of Bond gets eye rollingly insufferable at times.
I should probably hate on this movie more than I do, but as much as it gets to me, I will admit that it does have its moments and is occasionally entertaining.
By this film it seems as though Brosnan has tired of the role. It's paint by numbers time it seems as he goes through the motions of another 007 caper. Halle Berry looks even more bored than Brosnan in the film offering what at first seems like a large role, but turns out to be more of a nuisance.
Invisible cars, DNA transplants, Bond stopping his heart, and a weapon borrowed straight out of Goldeneye make this a very dull film indeed. And Madonna probably has the worst cameo in film history.
Pierce Brosnan makes his fourth appearance as suave super-spy James Bond in this espionage thriller, the 20th film in the official Bond series. While on assignment in North Korea, Bond is captured by government agents, where he's imprisoned and tortured for over a year. When Bond finally wins his freedom, not everyone is certain 007 is still capable of doing the job, but after Zao (Rick Yune), the North Korean operative who snared Bond, is discovered to be in cahoots with unscrupulous entrepreneur Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), Bond is back on the case, and he finds the two men have sinister plans which could decide the fate of the world. As Bond hops from England to Cuba to Korea to Iceland in pursuit of his quarry, he (as usual) makes the acquaintance of two beautiful and mysterious women, Jinx (Halle Berry) and Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike).
I liked that Die Another Day was like a love letter to Bond films: it has silly action and a "golden gun" like from the Roger Moore days, solid punches, potential laser dismemberment, and an Aston Martin from Connery, many interesting elements...but ultimately not very interesting. And why doesn't Bond remember events from past films like when he smelled Klebbs' shoe like he didn't know why it was dangerous (poison?) It's like there's a vat of Bonds being grown somewhere and each one is given just enough info to continue as the next Bond. Die Another Day packs much into it, but was spread a little too thin.
Determined to clear his name and find out who really betrayed him in North Korea, Bond soon escapes and tracks Zao to Cuba, who was undergoing a 'D.N.A. transplant,' in a strange clinic, to heal his ravaged face? There, he finds someone else after the Korean, a capable secret agent, called Jinx...
After having proved himself to MI6 and to the NSA, Bond returns to London and has a spirited fencing match with Graves at the Blades Club? There he meets his publicist the gorgeous Miranda Frost?
In "Die Another Day," Brosnon is wild, and ready to light the fuse on any explosive situation? His methods are to provoke and confront? His Aston Martin is loaded with high tech gadgetry that renders his vehicle invisible to Zao's sporty Jaguar? There's an amazing chase between the two across the frozen waters of Iceland? There's also an interesting battle inside Graves' treacherous fortress; and two battles to the death aboard Graves' airplane ?
Halle Berry is one of the Bond girls who looks so stunning especially when she emerged from the Cuban waters in her bright orange bikini? This Oscar-winning beauty matches 007 in intelligence, sophistication and toughness, leaving Bond in the island in an explosive situation?
Toby Stephens as the psycho billionaire Gustav Graves appears determined to use his unique satellite the Icarus using its power to 'bring light and warmth to the darkest parts of the world? or to clear the minefield creating a highway for his North Korean's troops? Rosamund Pile plays the fencing master with breathless beauty Miranda Frost?
Rick Yune plays Zao, the dangerous Korean arms dealer and sports-car aficionado who works for Colonel Moon (Will Yun Lee), the renegade North Korean army officer who was determined to invade the south?
Michael Madsen plays Damian Falco, NSA spy master and Jinx's boss who's tough on Bond?
The comical British character actor John Cleese takes over the role of Q...
Madonna was hired to record the title tune and appeared in a cameo role as a fencing instructor?
"Die Another Day" is the 20th in the series, and is arguably a fun movie to watch delivering a great sword fight? so don't miss it!