Friday, May 17, 2013

Film Review: Skyfall (2012)

Skyfall (Review)
US/UK/2012
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

James Bond (Daniel Craig) is chasing a mercenary who has a hard drive with the names of all the undercover MI6 agents that have infiltrated terrorist organizations. Bond fails his mission as he is accidentally shot and presumably killed by his partner, Eve Moneypenny. Later on, MI6 is under a vicious cyber attack - a terrorist attack that stems from M's past. Bond, who faked his death, returns to duty to stop the vicious terrorist, Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), at any costs.

The story in this film is a pure action-thriller from beginning to end. It begins in Istanbul, Bond and Moneypenny are chasing a mercenary in possession of a hard drive with sensitive material - information that places undercover agents in dangerous. Bond faces the mercenary on top of a train where he is presumably killed by Moneypenny's bad shot; this action-packed opening sequence sets a high bar for the rest of the film. After signing the death certificate for Bond, the MI6 headquarters are attacked causing M to relocate the agency. Bond faked his death and returns to help M capture the terrorist that is hunting her and the agency. This sets off an international hunt for Patrice, the mercenary from Istanbul, which subsequently leads to Raoul Silva, a former MI6 agent.

I skipped quite a few details in the story to make it as detailed and as short as possible. But, those are the basis of the film; a hunt for someone, who leads Bond to someone else, who leads Bond to another person, and so on. The story is more than good enough, though. It works well as everything seems to be falling apart around Bond - you can see the sky is falling for Bond. The film's action sequences are also very similar, although extremely entertaining. The film starts on such a high note that it loses momentum by the end, partly due to its inflated runtime. The repetitiveness of the film - again, partly due to the inflated runtime - was the only real complaint I had, I really felt drained by the end of the film.

The acting is great from the entire cast. Daniel Craig plays James Bond with great charisma - he's smooth with just the right amount of wittiness. Javier Bardem plays Silva, the film's villain. His character is sinister yet odd, I really like the way Bardem portrayed the character. The action sequences, albeit repetitive, are very high quality and wonderfully choreographed. The cinematography is superb as it creates cinematic eye candy - the use of color and lighting is very effective and attractive. The music is also wonderful staying true to series with a hint of uniqueness. Technically speaking, the film is flawless.

Overall, Skyfall is an action-packed film, a benchmark for the genre. The action is thrilling, the cinematography is jaw-dropping, the music is marvelous, and Craig and Bardem are brilliant. The inflated runtime causes the film to lose steam and become a bit repetitive, though. I highly recommend a purchase.

Score: 9/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood.

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