Die Another Day

2002

Action / Adventure / Thriller

202
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 57%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 41%
IMDb Rating 6.1 10 183932

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Pierce Brosnan as James Bond
Halle Berry as Jinx Johnson
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Reviewed by eric262003 7 / 10

Shows Bond In a Newer, Fresher Perspective

With an open mind and an open heart, I felt so relieved to see a greater fondness for Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. He embarks the character of Bond to a fresher view that even Sean Connery or Roger Moore never entered into. He is more boss and less subservient, he has that dashing appeal while still remaining awkward in delivery, his Irish accent still weaves through in his delivery to perfect the Queen's English, he plays a surreal character while refraining to make him out that way. "Die Another Day" is welcomed addition the franchise that has been running for over five and a half decades.

At the midway point of the film in a twist of coincidental reality, Bond's superior M (Judi Dench) warned the iconic assassin that the world has changed, when you were gone. Could she be making reference to his incarceration in North Korea or through the reality that Bond thrillers have changed in a subtle tongue-in-cheek matter? Sure there are weird stunt moments like Bond surfing on a glacier that was melted from a laser beam from out of nowhere. However, the action scenes feel more upgraded to stand as a modern day action film. Even the Bond girl has been modernized to look at how well we changed the feelings of how we view women. When we're first introduced to the latest Bond girl Jinx (Halle Berry) , we see a bit of her through the eyes of original Bond girl Ursula Andress from "Dr. No". From surfing the waves to the near identical bikini, it truly is an homage to the original Bond girl. But Jinx stands out from all the other Bond girls. Sure she still oozes seductive one-liners like all the other, but in "Die Another Day",Jinx is a deadly fighter and isn't a trophy case for 007.

The opening scenes garner some original elements as we'r introduced to the villains, not as caricatured cartoon characters, but real and might seem more reality based as of this writing. Located in a North Korean military base under the watchful dictatorship of Colonel Tan-Sun Moon (Will Yun Lee) who is illegally cashing in weapons for African Conflict Diamonds, which seems to have a planted impact on one of the villains Zao (Ricky Yune). The chase scene which includes hover tanks in a mine field may look a bit convoluted, which leads 007 being captured, incarcerated and physically tortured for several months. He gets released via prisoner exchange, however M (Judi Dench) assume that Bond must've been brainwashed. He eventually is back in shape and meets Q (John Cleese) with a new assortment of gadgets like a car that's invisible and the wacky stunts and adventures get underway. For the first time in Bond history, CGI comes into play here like the disintegrating plane must've been made from computer generated graphics. But it doesn't detract from the excitement.

The North Koreans are under the leadership of the cliched Bond villain Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) who wants world domination and his device he has lacks in any original merit to it. But what stands out s his secret hideout is in an ice house located in Iceland and his mirror device is used to generate heat on Earth which is more trouble than good as the ice house starts to melt and Jinx is held hostage as the water rises towards the ceiling, though its surreal that the room she's in doesn't melt, but we'll leave that to the experts to theorize their opinions. Other notable characters include the vicious Miranda Frost (Rosamund Pike) as it doesn't take brains which side she's on, Damian Falco (Michael Madsen) named after villains from cinematic past and Miss Moneypenny (Samantha Bond) has her fun in the sun as she virtually flirts with Bond. Under the direction of Lee Tamahori (who directed "Mulholland Falls"), this New Zealander released much of the humour from the Bond series to hype up more towards the action. This was mostly due to the success of "Austin Powers in Goldmember" competing against the film it's based on. It still has its surreal ways about it, but its executed in a more subtle way. When all is said and done with Bond having its share of hits and misses, this one is surely a hit. Not the best Bond out there, but up there with the best.

Reviewed by cinemajesty 6 / 10

Bond Twenty

Movie Review: "007: Die Another Day" (2002)

40 years after the initial Bond production "Dr. No" (1962) produced by Albert R. Broccoli (1909-1996) and Harry Saltzman (1915-1994) with just 1.1 Million Dollar in their pockets comes the twentieth installment of the all too famous MI6-Spy, portrayed with classic charms and high points for elegance by actor Pierce Brosnan at age 49, who encounters a fierce, unusual 13 minutes long pre-title sequence in a gritty North Korea exterior location confronting an hard-boiled martial arts-approved Military General about to get the best of James Bond aka "007".

The film production, handled by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson for the final Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer affliate "United Artists" distribution before moving to Sony Pictures in season 2005/2006 for "Casino Royale", punches with a major Hollywood budget of 142 Million U.S. Dollars, newly acquired Computer-Generated-Imagery (CGI) with Bond getting car-chased over a frozen lake under constant spitfire from machine-gun-mounted vehicles to smooth ice wave surfing and an interior-destructing fence-fight with original written "007" antagonist Gustav Graves, who's character has become in the hands of screenwriting duo Robert Wade & Neal Purvis, far-out sketched to such an extent that even the most faithful recurring target group of "The World Is Not Enough" (1999) had to swallow the pill of given-in to an high-end almost comic spectacle over suspenseful thrills.

Nevertheless the supporting cast including Halle Berry as U.S. American spy Jinx Johnson builds concrete homages to actress Ursula Andress in "Dr. No" (1962) coming out of the ocean engaging James Bond with light-hearted charms and pin-pointed dialogue lines in order to team up for an over-the-top showdown of a flying kind-of-gunship fortress, antagonist Graves wearing a misconceived metal armor active suit and a well-choreographed cat fight between Agent Jinx and villain-sidekick Miranda Frost, performed by actress Rosamund Pike with hostile convictions of sword-swinging to knife-throwing proportions.

The worldwide audience did not bother on the issue of trading sophisticated espionage plot twists over to closing-in science-fiction action themes directed by Lee Tamahori supported by "Star Wars" approved cinematographer David Tattersall with a breaking-out-of-tradition manner. "Die Another Day" marks the most successful "007" installment since the 1970s, at least in terms of box office attendance, giving Pierce Brosnan as the fifth actor to engage the legendary role James Bond a fair send-off by ranging from a torture-close-to-death scenario in a stand-out opening sequence, with a phenomenal theme song by Madonna, to conclusions of diamond-pouring moments of leisure.

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Reviewed by scottmedley-74625 3 / 10

A failed film that really could've been so much better than it was.

About two months ago I proceeded on a quest to watch all of the Bond films in order to determine which Bond movie was truly the best. Needless to say this one definitely wasn't it. In fact this probably will rank as the worst Bond film for quite awhile until they make the Bond movie where aliens invade from another time and another planet.

What really boggles my mind re-watching this one all the way through was the amount of missed opportunities the screenwriters had with this one. The first 30 minutes or so of this movie wasn't bad. That isn't a mistype. While not exactly groundbreaking drama the beginning scene of Bond being captured and tortured behind enemy lines and then released back to MI6 in disgrace could've been potentially great storytelling (while not exactly the same sort of plot License to Kill accomplished the "rogue agent" plot very well).

Unfortunately, the only thing the makers of this Bond film did with that part of the story was to base a Madonna music video off of it and serve as a plot point for Bond to end up in Cuba. Up to that point the film was okay. That is until Halle Berry showed up.

For the record Halle Berry has had some good performances (namely Monster's Ball). She has it within her to occasionally give out a good performance. This wasn't one of those occasions. Her presence in this movie was more or less a lazy attempt to replicate the Action Bond Girl formula that was so successfully done in Tomorrow Never Dies by Michelle Yeoh. By contrast the Berry's Jinx seems to exist in this movie to be a love interest of Bonds. That is basically what she is, plus or minus a few scenes where she kills people.

This is kind of the failing of the later Pierce Brosnan Bond films: they often ended up relying too heavily on imitating aspects of Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies rather than trying to create their own identities. While the World is Not Enough focused too much on copying the dramatic elements of Goldeneye Die Another Day focused too much on copying the straight up shoot'em up action flick nature of Tomorrow Never Dies. While it is clear that the film was shot to be a more "fun" Bond the inability to really set apart a different image for Bond in this movie really doomed it.

A lot of other reviewers complained about the obvious CGI in the movie. In my opinion while it was pretty obnoxious that is just a small factor in what made this a failed Bond movie. What makes this a failed Bond movie is that it was a Bond Movie that was shot with what appears to be little direction, little development, and little care about what James Bond is supposed to be. For instance, throughout the movie various characters just have to make almost in your face references to this being the 20th (Eon produced) Bond film and that it's been 40 years since Dr. No (the scene with "R" in the MI6 hideout was particularly notable in this atrocity). Further, while a lot of this could be blamed on dating, much of this film comes across more like XXX with a British accent (especially during the car battle sequence, yuck).

So while laser cranes, ridiculous heat satellite cannons, and Ice Mansions do stick out like a sore thumb it's important to note the mentality prevalent throughout the movie that led to those sequences. And that mentality was to release a Bond movie to sell toys and video games and a few cheap laughs.

Wow, this review was brutal. I only gave this 3 stars because again the movie had some potential even if it screwed it all up for 3/4ths of the movie (at least).

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