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Skyfall: Movie Review

"Skyfall" has finally arrived. The 23rd Bond film was almost scrapped when MGM had financial troubles a couple of years back. But as fate would have it, the film was eventually saved and here we are and looking back, it would have been a great injustice if "Skyfall" and Bond did not see the light of day. Put simply, "Skyfall" is one revolutionary Bond film not only in terms of Daniel Craig's portrayal as 007 but also for the whole franchise itself. The film turns out to be one of the best and most memorable Bond film in ages and we are seriously considering if the 23rd try is the best one yet.

MI6 agents James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) assist on a mission in Turkey in which an MI6 operative has been killed. A hard drive has been stolen containing details of all NATO agents operating undercover in terrorist organisations. Both chase the assailant, the French and attempt to recover the disk. During the chase, Bond is accidentally shot by Moneypenny on M's (Judi Dench) orders. James Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as he thinks that M might have betrayed him but when an unknown assailant has hacked MI6 and bombed its headquarters, Bond and M are forced to reconcile to stop a force that has the potential to destroy MI6 for good.

"Skyfall" may or may not be a reflection of what's happening in real life - on how technology is becoming harder and harder to control or how computers and automation are replacing what we as humans did before. But what matters is that it perfectly mixes and matches old versus new and we could clearly see it is as a stepping stone to the evolution of Bond and his supporting cast. The film not only integrates the idea that old-school just cannot compete with technology with its plot, but its mix of characters and their struggles are wholly revolving in that simple idea. M is struggling to prove that having human agents are still relevant against unnamed and untraceable hackers/terrorists while Bond himself uses techniques and skills that does not employ his usual tech gadgetry. Even the third and last portion and ending of "Skyfall" is an ode of sorts to this modern everyday struggle. As for Craig, this is his best Bond performance yet as 007 and slowly but surely, he is carving himself as one of the iconic and memorable Bond prototypes. And honestly, we are already looking forward to what more he has in store in the 24th film if the film gods would permit it. As for the action, the pace was frenetic from start to finish. The scenes felt fresh and action-packed with nary a moment of boredom. Our favorite is the intro during the train scene at Istanbul. The best bunch would be the first and second acts while the film struggles a bit on the third act with a few scenes feeling a little long and unnecessary. In the end, "Skyfall" feels like the one of the best (if not the best Bond film) ever made. It is a magical spectacle that we rarely get to see on the big screen.

Rating: 5 reels







Why you should watch it: 

- this is one of the best if not the best Bond film ever made 
- this is a turning point for Bond films 

 Why you shouldn't watch it: 
- the third act was a bit long

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