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movie reviewmovie reviewvideo review out of 4 Movie Review: GoldenEye

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Famke Janssen
Director: Martin Campbell
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 130 Minutes
Release Date: November 1995
Genres: 007, Action, Suspense

*Also starring: Minnie Driver, Judi Dench, Sean Bean, Izabella Scorupco, Robbie Coltrane, Joe Don Baker, Desmond Llewelyn, Alan Cumming

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Review by Andrew Hicks
2½ stars out of 4

I haven't seen many other James Bond movies to compare this new one to (translation: zero), but it stands on its own as a decent action flick. I did find it an uneven movie to be mainly appreciated by middle-aged adults who grew up on the Connery Bond films of the 60's and are in need of something to cling on to in light of the recent wave of P.C.-laden movies and sex-killer flicks. And I was pretty much proven right when my mom asked me how I liked it and I said "It was okay." She replied, "Are you kidding? I loved that movie." And yes, I do still see movies with my mother. What's it to you?

GOLDENEYE, at least, plays the outdated Bond movie staples for laughs. What else can you do but snicker at a movie with a White-Anglo-Saxon-Protestant hero, an abnormal ratio of cigarette smokers to non-smokers, helpless women, Russian villains, absurd high-tech gadgets, explosions, red convertible sports cars and ridiculously far-fetched death defying scenes? Add in a beautiful yet villainous masochist woman (Xenia Onatopp) who gets off on her fights with Bond and the movie may as well be a time machine to a long-forgotten era. I was waiting for them to talk about President Nixon or hot pants.

Pierce Brosnan does a good job of playing 007 (which represents his agent number and his I.Q.) here and, as usual, James Bond gets all the chicks while making the world safe for kids to play in the streets. And what does he get for his efforts? People call him a "sexist, misogynist dinosaur." This time, Bond has to protect the world from a missile system that short circuits all the world's electricity, undoing the progress the world has made in the last century. Please, this movie is far enough in the Stone Age already.

Copyright 1995 Andrew Hicks

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