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Its action may be bit too over-the-top for some, but Die Another Day is lavishly crafted and succeeds in evoking classic Bond themes from the franchise's earlier installments.
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It's the same old Bond.
A vigorous 20th installment that is as strong on action as it is weak on the interpersonal stuff.
James Bond gets bad news in Die Another Day: They've rescinded his license to kill. The news is worse for us. They've given him license to bore.
By the end of Die Another Day, the character's potential to wind up beaten and broken has vanished amid the pixels and laser beams.
Perhaps it's time to say goodbye to Mr. Bond.
The problem for me is that the story is so entirely at the service of the special effects.
The film is a frantic roller-coaster ride from which you emerge exhausted, with a massive blur in the head.
this incarnation of Bond is just plain fun
Plenty entertaining, but consistent with most of Brosnan's Bonds, a few misguided decisions keep it from being a classic.
By honoring the Bond iconography of girls, guns and cars, Tamahori and the screenwriters are able to do something new with Bond: They dare to suggest that Bond is not only human, but also fallible.
Die Another Day faithfully hews to the James Bond formula, giving us all the elements and allowing the '60s formula to not only live, but prosper, into the the new millennium.
Tamahori senses what Bond fans have been missing. He and Brosnan deliver it with style, both deserving to try another day.
The new James Bond film, DIE ANOTHER DAY does not disappoint by any means. Although not as good as Pierce Brosnan's first Bondian effort, GOLDENEYE, it is definitely one of my favorite Bond movies. Intriguing villains, such as Zao (played by Rick Yune of THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS) and Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) make the film that much more enjoyable. Plus, you cannot disregard the amazing action scenes that dot the film at various intervals. Of course, one cannot forget the Bond babes. Halle Berry is terrific as Jinx, and has one of the most intrical roles of any Bond girl in history. Not to be outdone, Rosamund Pike makes her film debut as Miranda Frost, and MI-6 agent who refuses to fall under Bond's evident charm. Overall, this movie is excellent and I definitely recommend it to all movie-goers, especially Bond fans! 4 1/2 Stars 1-30-14
As the 20th entry in the series, this James Bond adventure should have really been something special. Instead, it's rather lackluster and kind of ridiculous, even by the standards of the series.
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.
Die Another Day, the 20th Bond film spanning 40 years with Pierce Brosnan's 4th and final performance as James Bond, is an utterly ridiculous and over the top homage to the series past that also happens to be one of the most entertaining entries in the beloved series. It is a little too heavy on the special effects and one-liners, but it also can be exhilarating. By this point, Pierce Brosnan has been accepted as Bond like no one has since Connery, and he delivers another solid performance. I do completely understand why some people absolutely despise this film as it is very similar to the Roger Moore era of jokey Bond films, but I find Die Another Day a step or two ahead of those films in terms of craftsmanship. The story is nothing to write home about, but it has enough twists and turns to keep things interesting while the action keeps you engaged. Toby Stephens is a decent Bond villain in the typical over the top manner as Gustav Graves, while Rick Yune as Zao, Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost (in her feature film debut), and Halle Berry as Jinx populate the supporting characters. None of them are memorable, but they are effective, and Jinx's relationship with Bond bucks the Bond girl tradition and almost turns it into one of those buddy action films. Despite awful word of mouth among many Bond fans, Die Another Day managed to have the highest attendance of any Bond film other than Connery's era in its heyday (Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice). I take that as a sign that Bond was alive and well. Die Another Day is not one of the best entries in the series, but for pure popcorn action thrills, it will satisfy your craving.
A wild, thrilling, sexy, riveting and utterly spectacular thrill-ride. An explosive action-packed adventure. A pure exhilarating adrenaline rush from beginning to end that dosent let up. One awesome time. It's the coolest and most enjoyable Bond movie yet. Pierce Brosnan is cooler and better than ever.
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