Tomorrow Never Dies Reviews
In all honesty, i don't much remember the high tech inspired plot, or its specifics, but I do recall it seemed somewhat timely in terms of using the media in a goal for *sigh* WWIII and global domination.
There's some of the typical over the top stuff like the stealth battle boat, and that's okay, but for me the film really shines with the great action sequences, stunts, and the awesome opening titles set to Sheryl Crow's solid theme song. Brosnan and Dench are once again good, Desmond Llewelyn likewise shines in his long running term as Q, and Michelle Yeoh makes for a great Bond Girl, especially since she can actually hold her own, and isn't just a sex object.
One of the better entries from the Brosnan era, and a worthwhile film overall.
Update: My least favorite Bond by far.
Brosnan continues his dominance in the James Bond role and Michelle Yeoh plays one of those Bond girls that's different from other Bond girls that we've been hearing about for thirty years. Terri Hatcher's role as the media mogul's wife is practically a cameo- she makes no difference to the film other than to give Bond as little sentimental time. Jonathan Pryce gives a good portrayal of the villain Elliot Carver at the beginning, but turns into a lampoon of himself by the end of the film.
Tomorrow Never Dies is an average action film which makes it a below average Bond movie. It just sort of presents its self and says "Here I am". The action sequences are OK, but beyond that it gets a little dicey character wise. A lackluster Bond film.
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) learns billionaire media mogul Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce) is manipulating world events via an exclusive flow of information through his satellite system reaching all corners of the planet. With a stealth battleship sinking a British naval vessel, Carver sees that the Chinese are blamed. Crashing Carver's party in Hamburg, Bond meets "journalist" Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh), later revealed as a Chinese agent. In a brief tryst, Bond renews his past relationship with Carver's wife Paris (Teri Hatcher). Carver dispatches Stamper (Gotz Otto) and other goons to cancel Bond, who eludes attackers with some of his new gadgets. In Southeast Asia, after Bond and Wai Lin scuba dive into the sunken British ship, they are captured by Stamper, handcuffed, and taken to Saigon where they make a motorcycle escape. To thwart Carver's plans for WWIII, the two agents head for Carver's stealth ship where a cruise missile is aimed at Beijing.
Not bad for a Bond, though I thought that Brosnan did a better job in GoldenEye. Problem with this film is that there's no time for any groundwork. Once you are in the rollercoaster, there's no exploring or talking, you just sit back 'till the ride is over. The writers touch upon the fact that being a secret agent is a lonely job, but they've could have give it more thought and work it out a bit more. But nonetheless, not bad.
There's a good handcuffed motorcycle chase and a remote-controlled car escape in a parkade. The rest, I don't remember much about; it's a somewhat forgettable Bond adventure.
Also forgettable is the title song by Sheryl Crow, which reminds me much of the Garbage song in the following film "The World is Not Enough". When are they going to get the Pet Shop Boys to do a Bond song?