HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Don't Breathe 2
Closing Time
Cryptozoo
Weathering with You
Rim of the World
Love & Basketball
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
Trapped
We Need to Do Something
Falbalas
Vanguard
A-X-L
Injustice
Bigfoot Hunters
Armitage III: Polymatrix
Girls Nite Out
Moxie!
Five Women for the Killer
Dolce Vita, La
Pig
I Am Belmaya
Lodger, The
Show, The
Beta Test, The
Medium, The
John and the Hole
Survivalist, The
Ape Woman, The
Black Widow
Cop Secret
Dark Eyes of London, The
V/H/S/94
Fay Grim
Night of the Animated Dead
Freshman Year
Escape Room: Tournament of Champions
Anne at 13,000 Ft.
Even Mice Belong in Heaven
Death Screams
Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr.
   
 
Newest Articles
Hungary for Cartoons: Hungarian Animations on MUBI
You Have No Choice: Invasion of the Body Snatchers on Blu-ray
You Can't Tame What's Meant to Be Wild: The Howling on Blu-ray
Commendably Brief: Short Sharp Shocks Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Super Silents: Early Universal Vol. 2 on Blu-ray
Fable Fear: The Singing Ringing Tree on Blu-ray
Gunsight Eyes: The Sabata Trilogy on Blu-ray
Bloody Bastard Baby: The Monster/I Don't Want to Be Born on Blu-ray
Night of the Animated Dead: Director Jason Axinn Interview
The ParaPod: A Very British Ghost Hunt - Interview with Director/Star Ian Boldsworth
On the Right Track: Best of British Transport Films Vol. 2
The Guns of Nutty Joan: Johnny Guitar on Blu-ray
Intercourse Between Two Worlds: Twin Peaks Fire Walk with Me/The Missing Pieces on Blu-ray
Enjoy the Silents: Early Universal Vol. 1 on Blu-ray
Masterful: The Servant on Blu-ray
70s Sitcom Dads: Bless This House and Father Dear Father on Blu-ray
Going Under: Deep Cover on Blu-ray
Child's Play: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box Vol. 3 on DVD
Poetry and Motion: Great Noises That Fill the Air on DVD
Too Much to Bear: Prophecy on Blu-ray
Truth Kills: Blow Out on Blu-ray
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
   
 
  Die Another Day The Rising Son
Year: 2002
Director: Lee Tamahori
Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rosamund Pike, Rick Yune, Judi Dench, John Cleese, Michael Madsen, Will Yun Lee, Kenneth Tsang, Emilio Echevarría, Mikhail Gorevoy, Lawrence Makoare, Colin Salmon, Samantha Bond, Madonna, Paul Darrow
Genre: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 3 votes)
Review: British agent James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is on an assignment in North Korea, which shores he reaches using a surfboard along with his accomplices, then breaks into a military base to begin the mission. Which is to replace a diamond smuggler who is offering the gemstones to the North Koreans, but Bond plans to put a stop to all that, and he does successfully take the criminal's identity, handing over a case of diamonds which they don't know has been boobytrapped. However, Colonel Moon (Will Yun Lee) is too clever for him, and susses that he is not who he claims to be: Bond may almost successfully escape by hovercraft, but in this world, almost is not good enough...

Pierce Brosnan's final outing as 007 may have been a hit, but it looked something of a dinosaur a mere four years later when Daniel Craig showed up to take on the celebrated role. In fact, less than Brosnan's Goldfinger or The Spy Who Loved Me, it was more his A View to a Kill, with the bloated excesses of a past it-looking franchise reminiscent of Roger Moore's final, underwhelming goodbye to the part. But the Bond movies have always been about reinventing themselves for the era they were produced in, and if nothing else Die Another Day did us the favour of proving that a change was needed, one that most were satisfied with in the long run.

But all that said, we are still left wondering what to make of this instalment. It's not that it's terrible, it simply leaves one feeling, after all its sound and fury, like shrugging. It begins with Bond looking to be in one of his worst scrapes when he is captured by the enemy and spends the next fourteen months, or the space of the title sequence anyway, being tortured (some would say Madonna's anaemic theme was torture enough). One big beard and shoulder length hair later, and he is being released, but not for the reasons he would have wanted. It seems there is a spy in the midst of this conspiracy, er, well, obviously there are a few, but someone has made it seem as if Bond has cracked and given away state secrets.

To make the character look appropriately rebellious, often the screenwriters of this series will have him set out on his own, a maverick who plays by his own rules and does a better job than the institution he represents could ever do, you know the type of thing. So it is with the Craig debut, and so it was here when Brosnan escapes his masters' clutches to head first to Hong Kong, then on a lead he gets there to Cuba where he meets his Bond Girl. She was Halle Berry as Jinx, fresh from her Oscar win and lending the movie a bit of class as consequence. And yet, for all the publicity's bold boasts that Jinx was every bit Bond's equal in this adventure, it played out as if she was strictly the second banana, there to look good, thrown a few action sops, and hired mainly for her marquee value.

As far as the action goes, it is imaginative, but carried out in an atmosphere of anything goes, so that by the time you've seen the umpteenth impossible stunt you're left more than a little jaded by the whole affair. The more fanciful the plotline becomes, the more likely you are to roll your eyes, so the big twist as to the true identity of chief baddie Gustav Graves (British theatre star Toby Stephens having fun) is not likely something you're going to go along with as convincing. But no wonder, what with an Aston Martin that can magically turn invisible, a machine that gives you the ultimate makeover to look entirely different, and a huge death ray beaming down from outer space, genuine believability is not really on the agenda. Yet Die Another Day strives to have us thinking, yeah, that makes perfect sense, when it's on the level of a Bond spoof with weaker gags. As the closing chapter on one style of the classic hero's exploits, it is at least diverting, but nothing more than that. Music by David Arnold.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 4186 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (4)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Jason Cook
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
   

 

Last Updated: