At the Movies: ‘Skyfall’

If you’ve already seen Lincoln and aren’t quite yet ready to jump into the awards-race movie derby currently racing through cinemas, it might be time to check out the new Sam Mendes Bond flick:

Whatever romanticism was left in the hoary old Bond franchise, in Skyfall Judi Dench’s M does her best to put a bullet in it. The standard opening chase sequence sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a motorbike over the roofs of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul before putting him onto the top of a speeding train to do battle with an assassin who gunned down an MI6 agent and stole a datafile holding the identities of covert agents. First, M instructs Bond to leave his wounded cohort behind. Then, since agent Eve (Naomie Harris) can’t get a clear shot to take out the assassin without also risking hitting Bond, M tells her to fire away anyway. Result: one big bloody hole in Bond’s trim suit coat and one escaped assassin…

Skyfall is playing everywhere now; you can read my full review at PopMatters.

You can see the trailer here:

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