David: “Bounces” is the word for it. I know this is supposed to be a fantasy, but the only way Bond could survive any of those chase scenes is if he were made of indestructible rubber. He’s not a superhero, but he survives action sequences more extreme than anything we’ve seen in Spiderman or Batman.
Cathy: The story line is thin on the ground, and what little there is seemed to be a bit confusing at times. The focus is more on the action than on any actual spying. However Daniel Craig does the moody revenge-driven Bond exceptionally well. And Judi Dench’s M adds a human touch to the film.
David: Yes, there is an obvious effort in these latest films to give some depth to Bond’s character, but it still remains fairly shallow. It is quite clear that the plot only exists to connect together the action sequences. And admittedly these visually complex scenes are very well done. I don’t think we have seen much better in this genre. I loved the Tosca scene where the on-stage fight was juxtaposed with the backstage battle to Puccini’s soundtrack.
Cathy: I was impressed with the tight, sharp cinematography of the car chase and the hand-to-hand combat. And even some of the location images, such as Haiti, were beautifully portrayed.
David: If you are a fan of James Bond movies, this film has everything you require. If you’re not, then don’t go see it. I’m giving it 2½ stars as a movie over all – although if I were rating it on the action scenes alone, it would be a 4 star job.
Cathy: Fast paced and exciting, good for an adrenalin rush. I’m giving it 3½ stars.