Just as a media mogul unveils his new global news service, a British warship is attacked in Chinese territory. Agent James Bond teams with a beautiful Chinese spy to discover the truth before war breaks out.
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Brosnan's second turn as Bond was an inspired effort pitting him against a media tycoon bent on making the headlines in advance while partnered with a Chinese agent played by Michelle Yeoh. While Pryce may have lacked in the villain department the effects and stunt work keep the viewer entertained. Yeoh would have been a good spin off character as she dominates near every scene she is in.
I have to admit, the heavy is a pretty cute mixture of Rupert Murdoch, Steve Jobs, and just a hint of Bill Gates thrown in. Also, as a hyperactive storyteller, his monologuing makes a weirder sort of sense. --PolarisDiB
Everything that was good about Goldeneye is pretty much abandoned in this one, much like what happened after Dalton’s first outing in the role. The plot is ridiculous, the villain annoyingly awful, and all the action lacking any punch, not to mention the return of extremely over the top and unsubtle innuendo. Brosnan is also very bland, but there’s still solace in thinking at least he’s not another Moore.
Martial-art phenomenon Michelle Yeoh spices up the movie as the female spy and almost steals it from Brosnan in his own 007 movie. I also liked Vincent Schiavelli in a short brief funny scene as an assassin. Sadly, the script itself is on autopilot as our hero runs from one action sequences to another and the entire production feels like it doesn't really want to do something too risky with the characters or story.
The highlight is Michelle Yeoh, the definite lowlight is Jonathan Pryce - a brilliant actor giving a truly execrable performance (albeit no worse than the quality of the lines he's given). Somewhere in between is Brosnan delivering a solid performance with moments of impressive seriousness. The action sequences are good but overall the film lacks any of the nuance that characterised Goldeneye.