29 November 2008 | luc-rolland-1
Improved but could be better
James Bond movies are in a class by themselves. Among others, their flair comes from their incredible car races which usually keep you riveted to your seat. In this movie, the starting sequence shows you two Alfa Romeos almost dominating JB's Aston Martin and it would have been stunning if properly filmed.
The same criticism can be stated for action scenes which happen to be very fast but difficult to watch.
I really liked the complex scenario where we see the CIA about to strike a deal with the villain for desperate political control. If you know about the Middle East, you will see it true. This seems more realistic and closer to reality with almost Ludlumesque intensity where the hero is caught in a serious imbroglio where even his own government will not support mission completion (except the well played M of course).
This movies seems to be moving away from propaganda where the world is portrayed no longer as two sides where everyone is spread between the good and the bad. Now, this movie brings shades of grey which at last makes these movies closer to real espionage.
I am still not sure if I like Craig in James Bond or not. But, we can now appreciate a strong man who goes into a lot of fights.
But one can see some goofs here and there such as why there were so many hydrogen bottles in that building in the middle of the desert.
This movie could have been better, much better.