Skyfall Movie Review [9/10 - Awesome]
Review by IGN
M says this to Bond at the beginning of Skyfall. While she’s referring to Bond’s vast experience, hinting that he might be past his best, it’s also referring to the Bond movies in general. We’re all familiar with the rules by now. We’ve played the ‘game’ so many times – 22, to be precise. And as Bond celebrates his fiftieth year on the big screen, and we reacquaint ourselves with those iconic elements – the villains, the girls, the gadgets – Skyfall could have easily felt contrived. But Skyfall is a master of its own game, and is smart enough to adapt those rules, creating a film that respects but transcends its rich heritage.
The film opens with a sequence that could be from any recent movie in the series. 007 is in Turkey pursuing a hired gun who has stolen an encrypted MI6
Daniel Krupa Says hard drive containing the identities of deep cover agents. Bond must retrieve the drive before the information goes public. It’s 15 minutes long and the action is relentlessly exhilarating and thoughtfully orchestrated.
Review by Daily Mail
Bond is back and he’s more dangerous than ever but so is M who is the most ruthless character in Skyfall. As played by Dame Judi Dench, the security services chief is like a lioness in winter as she prowls her office ordering an agent to ‘take the bloody shot’, a move that puts Daniel Craig’s craggy James Bond in grave danger.
A sinister force from M’s past, played with delicious relish by Javier Bardem, has stolen the identities of M’s agents. This Bond adventure directed by Sam Mendes is pure classic 007 fare , back on firm footing after the less than memorable Quantum of Solace.
Skyfall was a fantastic combination of 007 meets Bourne meets Spooks meets Home Alone.
Review by Guardian
How best to celebrate 50 golden years of the James Bond film franchise? Skyfall thinks it knows how: by laying out the bunting and putting on a show; by booking a delicious villain in Javier Bardem’s high-camp terrorist and arranging a glorious globe-hopping jaunt for the revelers.
All of which works terrifically well up to a point. Except that Skyfall then falls prey to a common failing of many 50th birthday bashes: it allows sentimentality to cloud its judgment and loosen its tongue. In so doing, it risks blowing James Bond’s cover for good.
Ably directed by Sam Mendes, Skyfall – the 23rd official 007 outing – is at its finest during a bruising, tumultuous opening half, fired by an electrifying pre-credits chase scene and a script that nods shrewdly to the Wikileaks furore.