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Tomorrow Never Dies

movie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: Tomorrow Never Dies

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Michelle Yeoh
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 119 Minutes
Release Date: December 1997
Genres: 007, Action, Suspense, Thriller

*Also starring: Joe Don Baker, Teri Hatcher, Jonathan Pryce, Ricky Jay, Judi Dench, Gotz Otto, Desmond Llewelyn, Vincent Schiavelli

Review by David Wilcock
1 star out of 4

So we come to Bonds 18th Adventure, the rather stupidly titled ‘Tomorrow Never Dies' Sadly, the plot of the film is as stupid as the title, involving a media tycoon and China.

Pryce plays the tycoon, who plans to start a war between China and Britain so he can have broadcast rights in China (The plot is explained better in the film.) As you can, it's a terrible idea for a story. Maybe it's the scriptwriter, who was fired from the production and then brought back again, exacting his revenge.

Anyway, James Bond (Brosnan) is called in to stop the tycoon, and a few explosions occur, Bond sleeps around with two women (Pryce's wife, played by Hatcher, and some language instructor at the start) and the tycoons plan is thwarted, and the tycoon got rid of. There is also the usual one liners, to make all the deaths seem funny. It's just a typical action film, but with Bond instead of Stallone, or Bruce Willis. Andthat's the problem with the film. It's all been seen before. Like Con Air, everything in the film is just rehashed from a million other action films and Bond films. There's the usual helicopter chase, loads of car chases, but nothing really different. After a while, it just gets tedious. In it's defence, some of the action scenes are mildly exciting, but nothing majorly different occurs. This isn't a major flaw really, but it just makes the film a bit boring.

Add the lack of originality and some silly continuity errors, plus a rather weak performance from Pryce,and this is a disappointing Bond adventure. After the entertaining and silly Goldeneye, Brosnan second film is silly…. and that's all. Overall, then, this film is disappointing. If Bond films are going to carry on like this, perhaps the Bond franchise should be laid to rest.

Copyright © 1997 David Wilcock

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