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THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
Starring: Pierce Brosnan & Sophie Marceau
Genre: Action / Thriller
Running Time: 127 Minutes
Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence,
Video Release: 16 May 2000
Tagline: "Bond is Back."
In Pierce Brosnan's third outing as Bond, he finds himself playing nursemaid to a wealthy oil heiress (Sophie Marceau) whose life is in danger by a renegade Russian terrorist (Robert Carlyle). Along the way, Bond becomes entangled with nuclear physicist (Denise Richards) and slowly discovers there's more to this heiress than meets the eye.
The plot itself is borderline mediocre but then again, most 007 films are more about formula filmmaking than elevated storylines. The standard Bond movie features a traditional blueprint of exotic locations, exotic women, nifty gadgets and nefarious villains. It's something the audience has come to expect in a Bond film and TWINE follows in its predecessor's footsteps. While it would be unfair to compare Brosnan's Bond with Connery, Moore, or even Dalton, let's analyze how TWINE stacks up against Brosnanís previous portrayals instead.
After 19 films, it must be quite difficult coming up with new & exciting chase/escape sequences. In Brosnan's first outing, "GoldenEye," he pursues his nemesis in a Russian tank through the streets of St. Petersburg. In "Tomorrow Never Dies," he avoids capture by leaping from the Carver Building using a banner mural of his antagonist to slow his descent.
TWINE offers no such thrills. Yes, the Thames boat chase is engaging but its the ol' "been there, done that" scenario. While all Bond films have featured "real" stunts and dangerous sets, the increased use of blue screens and digital effects has desensitized the viewing audience -- taking a bite out of the drama which past Bond films are noted for.
The other Bond female proves to be a much wiser casting choice. Sophie Marceau is both sultry and smart as the heiress, Elektra, who seems to be Bond's equal in both love and war. While Elektra proves to be more appealing than Colonel Wai-Lin ["Tomorrow Never Dies"] she is a bit aloof, making it difficult for the viewer to sympathize with her.
A sad note: Desmond Llewelyn, who played "Q" in 17 Bond films, was involved in a fatal car accident a month after the release of this latest 007 film. While the characters of Bond, M, and Moneypenny have undergone various casting changes, Llewelyn was the one mainstay of the series. He will be missed.
In TWINE, though, we are subjected to Robert Carlyle, who fails to give much of a lift to the role of Renard. He is man who is impervious to pain (thanks to a bullet buried in his skull) and is slowly dying. His motivation is primarily financial, killing without remorse, but his character is as shallow as your average bed pan. The final "battle" sequence, in a sinking sub, leaves one with a sinking sensation as you feel yourself drowning in this character's inadequacies.
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