DIE ANOTHER DAY
Director: Lee Tamahori
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, Judi Dench, John Cleese, Michael Madsen
MPAA Rating: (for action violence and sexuality)
Running Time: 2:12
Release Date: 11/22/02
Review by Mark Dujsik
No matter what anyone says, Iíve liked the three previous James Bond movies with Pierce Brosnan taking on one of the most famous characters in film history. GoldenEye put a modern twist on some of Bondís hedonistic behavior and had the staples of any Bond movieógreat action, gadgets, beautiful women, double entendres left and right. Tomorrow Never Dies was better, mainly because of the presence of a great villain in Jonathan Pryceís media mogul, and had the staples of any Bond movieógreat action, gadgets, beautiful women, double entendres left and right. The World Is Not Enough was even better, mostly because of some late, unexpected character development, and had the staples of any Bond movieóyou get the idea. Die Another Die is the twentieth movie in the series, now forty years old, and while the series itself is still in pretty good shape, this entry, despite the presence of the previously listed necessities, never completely meshes. Itís still good fun, but it falls short of the previous three outings.
movie starts, as usual, with an extravagant action sequence.
In this case, Bond infiltrates a weaponsí sale in North Korea
(yes, they still manage to make Communists the bad guys even after the fall of
the Soviet Union) that inevitably goes wrong, leading to a hovercraft chase over a sprawling
minefield. From there it gets
even worse, and Bond is captured, tortured (in an awkward sequence featuring a
very un-Bond-like theme song by Madonna), and held in prison for fourteen
months. Heís finally released
on a prisoner exchange program (swapped for a big guy named Zao (Rick Yune),
with shards of diamonds in his face, courtesy of Mr. Bond) but disowned by his
government and again held in captivity. 007
knows heís been sold out by someone, and after escaping captivity again, he
starts out on an independent mission to discover the turncoat.
It leads him to Cuba, where he meets Jinx (
the best way to judge the movie is to see how well it fits and in what ways it
deviates from the Bond formula. The
plot is, to put it nicely, convoluted, and either I didnít pay enough
attention during the opening sequence or there are plot holes big enough to
drive a truck through. Thereís
nothing new about that for the series, but this time around, the gaps really
stick out. The villainous
key to Bond movies are its action and stunt sequences, and Die
Another Day has some really solid examples.
Thereís the opening scene, of course, but the centerpiece is a cat
and mouse car chase on ice and through the supervillainís ice castle hideout
If anything, Die Another Day shows that Brosnan makes a good Bond. Iíve thought that since GoldenEye, and Iíd hate to see this outing be his last, if only because itís my least favorite of his stints so far. That doesnít mean the movie doesnít have its charms; the problems are just in the way of fully appreciating them.
Copyright © 2002 by Mark Dujsik. All rights reserved.
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