- Once (2006)
- All the President's Men (1976)
- Being John Malkovich (1999)
- In the Year of the Pig (1968)
- In The Mood For Love (2000)
- Hole, The (1960)
- Tokyo Story (1953)
- Ocean’s Eleven Blu-Ray Review
- Jurassic Park (1993)
- Gilda (1946)
- Rounders (1998)
- Masque of the Red Death, The (1964)
- Django Unchained (2012)
- Fat City (1972)
- Amélie (2001)
- All That Jazz (1979)
- Night of the Hunter, The (1955)
- King of Comedy, The (1983)
- Manhattan (1979)
- Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
- Sullivan's Travels (1941)
- Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The (1994)
- Hecklefest Four-Word Film Reviews! August '12 - Week 4
- Playtime (1967)
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
- Haunted Castle, The (1921)
- Last Wave, The (1977)
- Naked Lunch (1991) * Weird and Wacky *
- Phantom Carriage, The (1921)
- Lolita (1962)
World Is Not Enough, The (1999)
There is on fact no moon involved
Bond Girl: Christmas Jones Played By: Denise Richards (Starship Troopers • Valentine)
Bond Villain: Renard Played By: Robert Carlyle (28 Weeks Later • Trainspotting)
Genre: Action Adventure Thriller (UK, USA)
Directed By: Michael Apted (Gorky Park • Class Action)
Overview: James is assigned to protecting an oil heiress while she completes her pipeline. Renard is a terminally ill terrorist bent on making the world suffer. Perhaps the twain shall meet?
If I had to describe The World Is Not Enough in one word, that word would be 'surprising'.
Surprising doesn't mean good or bad, and if it's anything I've learned from the ongoing Bond saga, it's that I usually have a dichotomy with James and his doings. The wonderful thing about escapist film however is how easy it is to forgive awkward moments and compartmentalize them away. What's so surprising about The World Is not Enough? Well let me tell you!
Most surprising is how cool these guys are.
The parahawk has got to be one of the best vehicles in existence. And when Bond wisely zips into the forest to evade them, well they cut their chutes loose and snowmobile their way to getting smoked by James.
Sadly though the biggest surprise is a bad one. What Bond films often suffer from is focus on the wrong character. We learn early on that the big bad guy is Renard, the French word for fox. We learn early on that Renard was shot in the head by another MI6 agent, yet has survived, though the bullet is still lodged in his brain and Renard is now terminal. His mission has a time limit, he doesn't care about the world and he feels no pain. Why would you not study this character more closely?! Sadly they focus on Elektra, the heir to the oil pipeline that Renard kidnapped prior to our story. Also impressive is that I found Robert Carlyle's performance to be the best of the film, including Pierce, who does a great job of being a colder more serious Bond.
Other surprising things include:
A surprising lack of goons. Yes there's goons but they're random nameless ones.
Garbage sings the title track and it's quite impressive.
An equally impressive credit sequence, all with girls covered in oil, the crude kind not the hot kind.
The twist, which is a pretty rare thing in 007 films. And it's not 'something far more sinister that is expected' but something genuinely twisty.
And in the end, with such scenes as parahawks, boat chases and hot air balloons, it's not a film people will be deriding, even though 'Q' is replaced by one of the standard goofy characters of John Cleese. Nice knowing you Q!
The BMW Z8
A very poofy coat
An exploding pistol triggered by glasses
an 'all-access key' card
Look out! He's trying to kill us with a blue flamer!
Performance: 8 Cinematography: 9 Script: 8 Plot: 8 Mood: 8
Overall Rating: 82% (But It'll Do!)
Personal bodycount: 11
Foiled Assassinations: 7
Near Misses: 1
Dames Bedded: 3
Martinis Drank: 1