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Skyfall Review

Cast:Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe
Direction:Sam Mendes
Production:Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli
Music:Thomas Newman
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Skyfall Movie Review - Disappointing

IndiaGlitz  [Saturday, November 03, 2012]

Come on now! Are the makers actually trying to make audience believe that this is indeed a James Bond flick? No, seriously! To put things across at the very onset, there isn't anything either shaken or stirred and if the point is to make audience get nostalgic about Bond from the past then well, the point doesn't even come across. Okay, so it may not be an epic fall form the sky but it is a bolt out of the blue for sure!

To begin with, the very plotline of 'Skyfall' is beaten to death. Mr. Bond (Daniel Craig) has a mission in hand which isn't entirely impossible and even though he is made to doubt his boss (Judi Dench) and her true intentions, the villain of the piece (Javier Bardem) tries to get both out of his way. After turning rogue from MI6 and building a mini empire of his own, Bardem is on the wrong side of the law. However Craig, who is forever proud of his patriotism for his country England, would have none of it.

In an ideal scenario, especially for a Bond film, this would mean high adrenaline chases, some cool action on the bus streets, gun shots and explosions that come with a variety of their own, gadgets doing their trick and some smart dialogue coming into play. Oh yes, not to forget some babes ensuring the heat is on right through Bond's endeavour. However, and quite sadly, while the babes are more or less missing in action (unless someone out there really finds a woman shaving his heard erotic), all aforementioned action happens in the first 15 minutes of the film itself and then vanishes. Totally!

The makers may further argue that action is commonplace in practically every second film coming out of Hollywood. Fair enough, so in that case bring us the plot. Ok, so the plot is wafer-thin as well, as mentioned earlier. That too is permissible, but provided there are enough thrills to keep the narrative afloat and ensure edge of the seat entertainment for the audience. However, 'Skyfall' fails in this very department, which is about keeping the audience attention on screen. This is due to the fact that while thrills are more or less negligible, the drama is so extended (with long pauses) that you wonder if this is indeed a Bond film!

Thankfully, the only portion of the film that turns out to be worth the price of the ticket is the opening sequence set in Turkey. One does expect the very opening chapter of the film to introduce Bond in the way that he truly deserves and in this context, director Sam Mendes doesn't disappoint. The part of this sequence where Bond is atop a bike on rooftop of quite a few establishments is indeed eye popping while the one atop a train is done well. However this is where the buck stops because beyond that none of the action sequences leave any impact whatsoever.

So whether it is the one set underground on a tube station or the finale which gets into a Western classic mode, what with single-shot guns coming into play and explosions being indeed common place, it makes one get all the more disappointed with the play on screen. One would have expected some witty humour to be doing the trick but barring some interaction at the beginning between Craig and Dench, there isn't much to cheer about. The only other dialogue sequence that does leave some mark is the one where Bardem tells the story of two rats but the gay angle to his personality seems rather pointless.

The climax takes the film totally down as it doesn't even come close to a decent A Grade Hollywood production, leave aside being compared to franchises like a Bond, Bourne or Mission: Impossible. Ultimately, this turns out to be a show which is strictly restricted to the ones who have been following Bond films for decades gone by and just revel in the very fact that he is returning on screen. However for those hunting for an exciting-n-entertaining watch, leave aside an intriguing story in the offering, there is previous little to offer.

Rating: **1/2



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