Skyfall: Movie review

Melanie Verran, Yahoo! New Zealand November 21, 2012, 12:18 pm

4/5

Director: Sam Mendes

Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Bérénice Marlohe

James Bond fans can all make a collective sigh of relief; The latest installment in the spy hero saga is a hell of a lot more memorable than the last.

And it’s just as well, given it coincides with the 50th anniversary of 007.

The movie wastes no time launching into action with an intense chase scene on the rooftop of Istanbul’s grand bazaar.

If you’ve seen the trailer you’ll know how that ends – with Bond falling from a disturbingly-high bridge and being presumed dead.

He stays away until the MI6 headquarters are attacked and a cyber criminal starts a terror campaign against M and the entire intelligence service.

In true Bond form there’s plenty of cheese, over-the-top stunts, a few good chuckles and at least two encounters with beautiful women – one of them a damsel in distress.

The scriptwriter has thrown in a few quirky references to the Bond of old, perhaps in a nod to 007’s jubilee.

Judi Dench, as M, has a much bigger role in this film and it’s good to see her get out from behind her desk and into the action.

Javier Bardem is brilliant as an almost-likeable but brutal tyrant seeking vengeance. And Daniel Craig still makes for a believable James Bond and could have another few films in him yet.

The downfalls to the 23rd Bond movie are few. In the 143 minutes there are a couple of slow bits, but they’re quickly forgotten when the next gun shot is fired.

There’s also that incredibly-frustrating part when the villain just won’t damn well die.

But I can forgive those, because the plot of 'Skyfall' is one of the more clever 007 storylines – and one that won’t be forgotten when the 24th film comes out.

'Skyfall' is in NZ cinemas from November 22

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