A great bleak beginning kicks off the film and I had a tiny hope for this film hoping to see Brosnan in a more human as 007, but that is totally ruined shortly afterwards when the film turns into an unconvincing computer game with invisible car and the worst surfing scene put on screen. Rosamund Pike is perfectly cast as the icy Miranda Frost though and Halle Berry is acceptable but this is a sad parody of itself.
This is probably the worst Bond film ever made. Pierce Brosnan somehow aged a lot in the last three years, and they thought the way to go was ham, ham, ham. Plus, they cast an English actor to play a North Korean general. Cause you may as well make the bad guy a European white guy again.
Final Brosnan entry as Bond winds up the most ridiculous of the entire series (take that Moonraker) with its poor CGI and invisible car. The shame of it is Brosnan had finally found his groove as Bond marrying the action of Connery with the tomfoolery of Moore. The necessary reboot grounding Bond back in the real world was the result of this mess.
This almost, almost saved the Pierce Brosnan era of the 007 franchise. The first half is engaging and effective, and for the first time in four films Brosnan works as Bond. Then the inevitable happens and everything takes a wild turn off the highway of gritty and fun adventure into the swamp of insanely silly action and horrendous CGI. It turns into full 80s galore in the last half, which sucks after a strong start.
Notorious for being so awful that it necessitated a reboot to bring the Bond character back to his gritty, realistic roots. Yet despite the critical drubbing it's received, or perhaps because of it, I find it difficult to outright hate this film. The filmmakers clearly have a vision - namely, delivering a love letter to the broad and cartoony Roger Moore adventures - and remain committed to it for the entire runtime.
A Bond film that embraces the illogical nature of the character and runs wild with it. The entertainment value is through the roof; the imaginative plot involving face-swopping villains, ice fortresses, a laser shooting satellite and cars that turn invisible. Bad CGI action sequences unfortunately break up the party; bending cinematic credibility beyond breaking point and pushing the franchise towards DTV oblivion.
Before Daniel Craig injected some much needed vitality into Bond, the franchise reached its true low point with this lazy, uninspired, weakly scripted, ill-thought pastiche. The overt CGI is appalling, the dialogue cringe inducing and the unnecessary slow-mo effects distracting. A blemish.