James Bond film #20 (Pierce Brosnan Bond)
Die Another Day (2002)
After GoldenEye (17) rebooted the James Bond series in 1995, its two successors more or less spent their time adding explosions and computers to old Bond plotlines. This isn’t quite the case with Die Another Day (20), the 20th Bond film (!!), which tries to reframe in the series in the new cinematic landscape of 2002. It deserves some recognition for thinking outside the box, but most of what it tries ends up failing, and the film ultimately collapses under the weight of all its gadgets and one-liners.
November 5, 2012 | Categories: 5 - 5.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, barbara broccoli, christian wagner, colin salmon, daniel kleinman, david arnold, david tattersall, emilio echevarria, eon productions, halle berry, ho yi, ian fleming, james bond, john cleese, judi dench, kenneth tsang, lawrence makoare, lee tamahori, madonna, mi6, michael g. wilson, michael gorevoy, michael madsen, neal purvis, pierce brosnan, rachel grant, rick yune, robert wade, rosamund pike, samantha bond, toby stephens, will yun lee | Leave a comment
At the onset, Swordfish seems to have a lot to offer. The cast is experienced and entertaining, including John Travolta, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Don Cheadle, and Vinnie Jones. And the opening sequence is very, very cool. After this scene, however, aside from a few exciting action scenes before the end, Swordfish has little to offer and is one of the more brainless crime capers I’ve seen.