Las Vegas Film Society

TomorrowNeverDies

ALBERT R. BROCCOLI'S EON PRODUCTIONS presents PIERCE BROSNAN as IAN FLEMMING'S JAMES BOND 007 IN
"TOMORROW NEVER DIES" JONATHAN PRYCE MICHELLE YEOH TERI HATCHER JOE DON BAKER and JUDI DENCH
costume designer LINDY HEMMING music by DAVID ARNOLD director of photography ROBERT ELSWIT
production designer ALLAN CAMERON line producer ANTHONY WAYE written by BRUCE FEIRSTEIN
produced by MICHAEL G. WILSON and BARBARA BROCCOLI directed by ROGER SPOTTISWOODE
title song performed by SHERYLE CROW

Ahh, another James Bond flick starring Mr. Remington Steele himself, Pierce Brosnan. Yanno, I do have to admit that I never liked James Bond flicks, no matter who the actor picked to play the part was. There is just something about the style, or maybe the atmosphere, that turns me off to this series of films. (I wonder how many readers I have just alienated.)

Ok, that having been said, let's just jump right into the meat and potatoes of this thing. Pierce Brosnan does an adequate job of playing 007. I have no problem believing he is Mr. Bond. I also like the character of "Q" and Bond's immediate supervisors. Let's not forget to mention the addition to the cast of martial arts veteran Michelle Yeoh (instantly recognizable to all us Jackie Chan fans!). In fact, when adding up all the pros and the cons on this movie, on paper at least, it would look like I actually liked this film.

Well, to be totally honest I truthful, I didn't *hate* this movie, but it could have been so much better. For one, the special effects. Now I know that effects alone do not make or break a movie, but I am not a fan of the look and feel of Bond films. Everything just seems to have a "plastic" look to it (check out the Mig's in the beginning of the film to see what I mean). Although, the biggest problem I have with this film is the basic premise.

The entire world is put on the brink of WWIII due to a conflict between the Chinese and British artificially created by a media mogul (humorisly played by a character that looks almost like Ted Turner, and just wait until you see the Bill Gates look-alike and hear that character's dialogue about his new software release!). I have a hard time buying any of this, however. This media mogul apparently has the money (and the technology and the manufacturing plants) necessary to build a "stealth boat" and steal and fire missles from the British Navy. (Any stealth technology would be rendered useless on the surface of the water, as the water itself being flat would reflect radar signals, and all you'd have to do is look for the spot where no signals are returned.)

To top everything off, Michelle Yoeh (who could have been as much a reason to watch this film as Jet Li is to watch Lethal Weapon 4) had her time in this film seriously reduced. (Rumor has it that she out-paced and out shined her American counterparts, so her character's participation in the story was severely cut back. Personally, as a Jackie Chan alumnus and a self proclaimed "conniseour" of film, I have to agree with the rumor. Michelle Yeoh certainly has the ability to out shine Pierce Brosnan.)

Not a terribly fascinating film, but a solid Bond effort, and I recommend it to any fan of the series. If you are not already a fan of the Bond film series, then I do not recommend this film to you. It may be a good starter to those that have never seen a Bond film, but you might be better off renting something like Face/Off instead.

'Tomorrow Never Dies' runs 117 minutes and is rated "PG-13" for violence and adult situations. There is no nudity in this film.

-The LVFS


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