Title : Skyfall
Year : 2012
Director : Sam Mendes
Stars : Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Naomie Harris
I have always liked James Bond movies, particularly because those were action movies, the main character was interesting and lot of funny gadgets introduced (yes, funny from my perspective). My favorite James Bond actors were Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton, but ever since Daniel Craig played the role, I immediately fell in love and thought he fit perfectly the “fresh” version of Mr. Bond (and he’s hot, of course :P).
Skyfall was opened with chasing scenes between 007 (Daniel Craig) and a guy who stole list of undercover British agents to avoid it being misused by terrorist and criminal organizations around the world. Unfortunately Bond did not make the catch, instead he was shot and fell into river, assumedly “dead”, while the chased guy gone already with the list. It’s just a matter of time before the list revealed and the undercover agents were in danger. M (Judi Dench) was “politely requested” by the new Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) to retire considering the chaotic situation was under her responsibility. M refused and decided to keep working until her work finished.
However the treat was proved to come earlier than expected. A bomb planted on M’s office exploded and killed number of people in MI6. As M determined to find the person who did it, 007 suddenly appeared, alive and well, even though too much alcohol and drugs made his abilities decreased a bit. Long story short, Bond went on mission to Shanghai and finally met the guy behind the plan, Silva (Javier Bardem). Utilizing latest equipment from Q (Ben Whishaw), Bond managed to catch Silva and locked him up at MI6. One thing Bond didn’t realize that Silva had been one step ahead with his plan. So, what happened next?
I am pretty sure all of you have watched this movie and know exactly the plot from beginning to end. I myself watched this movie two days in a row, first one by myself and the next one was together with my sister and her husband. Though I was more impressed when I first watched it, I was still excited to watch it on the second day.
I really liked the first chasing scenes at town and on the train. I think it was well executed and gave me a nice and smart action scene. However right after Bond got shot, the movie became relatively slow. Not until Bond “came back to live” it got back the rhythm I expected from an action movie. Another scene I liked was the fight between Bond, M and Kincade at Skyfall against Silva’s men. It’s quite tense, violent yet captivating on some points. I think overall actions on this movie were nicely executed and surprisingly quite neat from my perspective.
Daniel Craig as Bond was believable for me. He played it well as an agent who was no longer young, had decreased abilities yet trying his best to prove that he still could do his job. I found Craig’s Bond became more “human” than other Bond versions I ever saw and I love it. This also applied to Judi Dench whose character, M, unfortunately passed away on this movie. Though I thought it was a good idea since it would give new “color” to Bond’s movies. My surprise came to Ralph Fiennes as Mallory, who somehow stole my attention since very beginning. I was excited to see him as new M and wondered what difference he would bring to MI6 in the future. Bardem did a good job as Silva, however I felt that he could have explored more Silva’s character. There was something missing on his play that gave me a doubt on his character. Still, as a psycho, he was really convincing *smirk*.
Overall, it was a great and well executed action movie. For me, it was one of the best action movies I saw in 2012. I would give four stars out of five, and I would recommend anyone to watch Skyfall especially if he or she is a Bond’s fan, action movies lover or simply thinks that Daniel Craig is hot 🙂