Genre: Spy, action
Running Time: 143 minutes
Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem
Synopsis: In Skyfall, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Verdict: Definitely not the best 007 James Bond film as some claimed but it’s definitely better than the previous instalment (Quantum of Solace) and all of the ones with Pierce Brosnan. Great gritty action, good o’ corny dialogues, awesome vehicle-chasing scenes and a quite Christopher Nolan-influenced complex plot (which totally reminded me of his Dark Knight actually). Skyfall pays tribute to the old skool while paving ways for fresher approaches in the future, as though it has not already been done in the past two instalments. However, even with almost 2 1/2 hours, the movie still falls short on the emotional department. And personally, I think Casino Royale is more enjoyable in overall.
Malaysian censorship: Sex scenes are removed, of course, but everything else seems in place.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
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Favourite scene: The chasing scene at the beginning – from a car chase to motorbike, then to a fight on a train before it ends with Bond (Daniel Craig) getting shot and falls into the water. Not sure if this opening is better than the parkour chase in Casino Royale but still pretty damn amazing.
James Bond bisexual? There’s a scene with some gay-flirting between Bond and Silva (Javier Bardem). Silva seduces and touches Bond, who’s tied up to a chair just (almost just like in Casino Royale). “What’s your regulation training for this? Don’t worry, there’s a first time for everything.” And Bond replies, “Who says it’s my first time?”
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