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Skyfall synopsis and review!

Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 26,779 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited December 2012 in General
As most, if not all of you know, I travelled up to London today, for a showing of Skyfall, at the BFI IMAX. Money well spent? Well, read the review, and you'll find out. Firstly, I'm treating you to a full synopsis.

The film starts off in Istanbul, Turkey, with an action sequence that only a Bond movie could pull off. The first shot? A blurry corridor, with a blurry figure. As the figure moves closer to the camera, Daniel Craig, once again returning as 007, James Bond, is seen. He enters a room, to find a few of his fellow MI6 agents dead and wounded, in one case. One minute in, and we're already hearing from M, Judi Dench. She has a big role in this film, and she's obviously up to it. Bond, being forced to leave the building (who do you think by? M, of course) is immediately greeted by a fresh face, in "Eve" Naomie Harris. This is where you'll see what I was talking about. Driving a Jeep, they set off, after the killers of the MI6 agents. Now, this goes on for a while; that isn't a bad thing. We end up on "that" train, where we eventually lose Bond. Smashing into the river below, we hear the beginning of Adele's "Skyfall" as the opening credits enter the scene. I won't bless Quantum of Solace with my opinion, but, we all know how Casino Royale had a mighty opening credits sequence, right? Well, this tops it. Next up, out of the new guys, is Ralph Fiennes, as Voldemort... sorry, Mallory. He is seen as M's boss, and it's convincing, up until the point that you realise Judi's M isn't about to be bossed around by anybody. Bond's classic British humour is present in their scene. Though, the loss of M's top agent is felt, as she writes his obituary. A certain British agent is seen taking advantage of his apparent "death" when he hears of a terrorist attack on MI6 headquarters.

Not long after, Bond reappears; "enjoying death" he says, as M questions him with "where the hell have you been?" The team spirit is not apparent until both M and Bond decide that he's going right back into the thick of things. Only, he's surprised when he finds out that he's about to be assessed. Wonderfully "passing" of course, he learns that he's about to be sent to Shanghai, to hunt down the very man he lost to, on the train. But, before he can carry out his mission, he must meet his new quartermaster, Q. A wisecracking kid, as Bond would put it; he wastes little time in letting Bond know of the new weapon of choice. Back to the Shanghai mission; his name is Patrice, played by Ola Rapace, and he is there to assassinate an unidentified man, who just so happens to be with the beautiful Severine, played wonderfully, by Berenice Marlohe. This time, while Patrice does manage to achieve what he had came for, Bond also manages to complete at least something of his assignment. He was there to take information, by word of mouth, from Patrice, about who has been attacking MI6. Bond fails, as Patrice falls to his death. Slight interaction is seen between Bond and Severine, after, and this hints at a proper meeting between the two of them. Though, this scene is most brilliant for the beauty on show; not in the characters, but in the lighting, colours on show, and fight scene choreography. In his equipment, Patrice had left something of particular interest to Bond, on show. A gambling chip. This piece of interest leads Bond to Macau, where he eventually meets up with Eve and Severine. Here, Bond and Eve have a close shave, literally, in a humorous scene. Also here, we hear about Severine's employer. He is simply known as "fear" as we find out that her bodyguards aren't there to protect her; they are there to control her, and kill Bond. Even Severine knows this, as she displays true, heartfelt emotion for the man who she has only just met. Bond wants to meet her "employer" and she'd oblige, if only Bond could fight off her "henchmen"

He succeeds, and they rendezvous on her boat, leading them to a meeting with the villain of this story. This turns into a kidnapping, as both Bond and Severine are tied up, and taken away from each other, on an island that strongly resembles the Inception dream island. Seductive, Raoul Silva appears camp, as he plays with Bond, taunting him on his assessment. He hadn't passed it; M had only lied that he had, to get him back out into the field. He failed on everything, according to Silva. Silva is a computer hacker, and a clever one at that. But, he's also a ruthless killer. The beautiful Severine meets her unfortunate end, in a game of wits. Bond is to shoot a shot glass off of her head, hopefully without taking her head off with it. He doesn't fail at this, but his aiming is off, so, of course he misses completely. Silva, showing his true nature, decides to just go right ahead and shoot Severine in the stomach, sending the shot glass to the floor. Well, he never said how you had to do it, did he? Bond goes insane, taking out Silva's henchmen one by one, until he is left with only one man standing in one of him. Raoul Silva is taken in.


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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 26,779 ✭✭✭✭✭
    He is held in a glass booth, while Bond and M converse with him. We learn of his past, M's, and his real name. Javier Bardem being the great actor he is, disgusts us, in many ways. Both, in his words, and something else that I'll just leave for you to see. From this point on, we lead up to an interrogation where M is left to answer for the travesties that have been occuring. You'll see Helen McCrory in this scene, questioning M. I might as well tell you, that this is my favourite scene. I'll tell you why. This scene is seen in a montage sort of way, as, even when you're not watching the courtroom, you're hearing it, as Raoul makes his way, after escaping MI6, through hacking Q's computer. Bond, by now, knows of his escape, and is hot on his tail, running, jumping and pushing his way through the crowded London underground. Silva is heading for court, to kill M. You'll find out how she angered him. A shootout of course occurs as Raoul first appears, searing with hatred for M; and Bond appears, ready to save the day. Even Mallory shows off a little of his past.

    Managing to save M, Bond takes her out from beneath Silva's grasp. As they approach a warehouse, there, what do we find? The classic Aston Martin, along with the classic Bond theme song, as Bond turns on a single light. Deciding that they are safer far, far away from London, they take to Scotland. More specifically, they take to Bond's childhood home, where we learn of his parents, and meet Kincade, the old timer, played by Albert Finney. Kincade is told of what's about to happen. Battle. Up for it, like any war veteran would be, he hilariously calls Bond a "jumped up little shit" as Bond tries to persuade him to sit this one out. After giving in, Bond, M and Kincade get to work, on explosives, and weapons, ready for the onslaught of Raoul's forces. First, henchmen appear on foot. Making their way to the front door of Bond's family home, they are blown apart by Bond's Aston Martin, which just so happens to have machine guns attached. Then, a helicopter appears. Knowing who is coming, Bond ready's his plan. Raoul seemingly has the better of him, as he throws explosives through the windows, burning up the house. M and Kincade are sent by Bond through an underground tunnel, as Bond fights back against Raoul and his men. The helicopter that had been lighting Silva's way ends up throwing itself into the house, as Bond also escapes through the tunnel, just as his former home is destroyed. Raoul, managing to see through the darkness, sees a torch light in the background. Knowing it to be M, he seeks her out, after previously ordering his men to "not touch her, she's mine"

    Bond, having escaped the blaze, finds Raoul, as Raoul finds him. It looks as though Bond will be killed, as Silva's one remaining henchman attacks him from behind. Taking the hard way out, as always, Bond sends himself and the thug through the ice, where they had been standing, and into the freezing cold water below. Tugging at each other, and strangling each other, Bond eventually gets the better of him, choking him to death, in a leg lock. The light of M's torch is seen in a nearby church, as Raoul seeks to murder her, for all of her apparent sins. Just as he is about to enter the church, he stops, looks into the church graveyard, and makes note of a grave. The parents of James Bond are buried here. Entering the church, Raoul Silva finds M, all alone, but for Kincade, who is unable to defend her or himself. He is not killed, but, just as Silva focuses all of his attention on M, and his potential kill, he notices blood on M's clothing. Now he looks to kill M, but, have her pull the trigger, killing him as well. The sadistic, cold blooded killer only laughs as he puts his head up against M's. Just as they are about to die together, Bond enters the scene, throwing a knife into Raoul's back. Now, I haven't mentioned this yet, but, one of Silva's many characteristics have him being constantly exasperated. Even here, dying, he is still feeling nothing but exasperation. Silva drops to his knees, as Bond states "last rat standing" in reference to their first meeting and conversation. Raoul Silva had previously been M's best agent, before she cast him out, for reasons known.

    Sadly, M dies. Though, you see how they've finally bonded, in their moment of need, as she lays in Bond's arms, firmly saying, in her last breath, that she did "get something right"


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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 26,779 ✭✭✭✭✭
    In the last scene, James Bond is back in London. With Mallory as the new M, you also have Eve being revealed as Miss Moneypenny. A new assignment is on the way. Bring on 2014, and bring on Bond 24.

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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 26,779 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Bond is back!

    A monumental movie. Dark, thrilling, full of action, well directed, funny, and emotional, with great music, and jaw dropping visual detail; this film has everything you'd ever need in a summer blockbuster. You have "everything" in a fall movie, instead.

    Daniel Craig is quickly becoming the Bond. Roger Moore even claimed that the film would go a long way towards convincing audiences that Daniel Craig would usurp Sean Connery in defining the role of James Bond. Javier Bardem provides us with a stellar performance, as we all knew he would. I would go as far to say he's the best Bond villain there has ever been. Judi Dench shows us who the true "Bond Girl" is, as she is given the perfect farewell, in a near perfect movie.

    As with every Bond film, in Skyfall, you have all of the usual components on show. With this being the 50th year anniversary of Bond, they really went all out on the traditional. The traditional music is back, when needed. The old Aston Martin is back. And, the gun barrel sequence is shown after the movie has finished, as if to show that Bond has completed his journey to becoming 007, and is now the real deal. Best of all, though; the action set pieces are better than ever. A job well done, Sam Mendes.

    Money well spent? Yes. The best Bond movie ever? Also, yes. Lastly, with the name "Skyfall" I assumed it would be some kind of code name for something. It is actually the name of Bond's house.


    9/10

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  • chesterchester Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Saw the movie last night, it was fantastic, the 8 showings my theater had were all sold out. The locations were spot on, and so was the action. Berenice Marlohe was sexy as hell but her role was too short, she also had quite the brutal death scene. Same could be said about Naomi Harris, but she will appear in every bond movie now, so that's not a big deal. From the beginning of the movie, you had the feeling this would be Judi's last bond movie. I did stop expecting her to die after the court scene, which was a very tense scene with a great supporting role from Helen Mccrory, so her demise really made me sad. You just knew she would die when she started to shoot the gun in her hand during the shootout.

    9/10

    @LordStafford: do you also have the feeling bond could have saved Severine by shooting the glass on her head?
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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 26,779 ✭✭✭✭✭
    No. You could see that he was going through the same thing as he was in his assessment. He would have taken her head off.

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  • chesterchester Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭
    He was indeed going through the same thing as in his assessment. But if he managed to shoot the glass of her head, i think Silva wouldn't have shot her.
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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 26,779 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Silva was always going to kill her. Bond just didn't want to be the one to do it. He knew it would happen, regardless.

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  • chesterchester Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I was a bit surprised by the lack of bond girl. I don't consider Naomi Harris a bond girl so there was only Berenice Marlohe. And she appeared in only 5 minutes or so. I was also surprised Silva was gay.
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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 26,779 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I agree on Berenice. She could have been even better than Eva, if given the time. On the time that she did have, however; I'll put her right up there, with the best of them. She had the perfect "Bond Girl" look to her, and I was disappointed that we didn't see more of her. Though, it just shows how ruthless Silva is.

    Though, Silva isn't gay. He's gone beyond any sexuality, to the point where he just plays around; as you see with him and Bond, in their first meeting.

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  • chesterchester Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Many people did find it very strange when he was touching bond. At first, it looked like Berenice was overacting but when she finally started to grown on me, she was killed off.

    What did you think of the gunbarrel?
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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 26,779 ✭✭✭✭✭
    It sent me back. It was perfect, to finally show that Bond had truly became 007. In Bond 24, he'll no doubt be a lot more like the one we're used to. Here, he was an emotional wreck. Though, it served the purpose of the film, and I liked seeing that side of Bond, for the first time.

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  • chesterchester Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭
    And there's ofcourse the 'new' MI6, a new M, moneypenny and Q so they actually rebooted the whole series in 1 movie, the character of bond was 'made' in CS and QOS and in this one MI6 was truly made. And still people don't get the gunbarrel was at the end of the movie.

    What did you think about the opening credits? Loved hearing adele's skyfall in theaters along with the brilliant animation.
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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 26,779 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Well, a reboot doesn't get much better than this. I am a big fan of the opening credits. The song, animation, and darkness to it, definitely had me thinking that it was the best one they could have thought up.

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  • chesterchester Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The best part in the opening credits were the knifes falling and turning into tombstones.
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  • chesterchester Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Will you be seeing this a second time in theaters?
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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 26,779 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes, I will be, on Friday, with my family.

    P.S 17,400TH COMMENT!!

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  • chesterchester Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Boxoffice was huge for skyfall, they also started pre production on bond 24, apparently it may be a 2 movie story arc:
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/hugo-scribe-john-logan-james-bond-383477

    The producers also said Harris, Fiennes and Whishaw will be recurring roles. Which is ofcourse logic but it's still nice to have confirmation about that.

    @Lordstafford: wo do you want as a bond girl?
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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 26,779 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Who do I want as the next Bond Girl?

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  • chesterchester Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes. Or do you want them to shoot on specific locations? Who do you want as a villain?

    I think they should film in India for the next movie.
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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 26,779 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I'm not sure. It will all depend on what the story is entailing.

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  • chesterchester Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭
    I somehow think they always change the script to fit the locations.
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  • Lord StaffordLord Stafford Posts: 26,779 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Again, it does depend on what the story is entailing.

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  • chesterchester Posts: 4,321 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Saw it for a second time last night. Theater was sold out again, this time i noticed some pacing issues in the movie. But it was still a great movie.
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