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.