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Casino Royale March 24, 2007

Posted by Shujath in English, Movies, Reviews.

If you are one of those who’ve seen the last Bond movie featuring Pierce Brosnan and if you thought that solar beams from space chasing guys in “invisible” cars was kinda ridiculous then Casino Royale is MGM’s apology to you. Using a similar strategy as Batman Begins…only in this case James Bond has been given the much needed “reboot”.

You can see the difference right from the first reel itself. The mandatory action sequence before the titles is gone and so is the theme music; also as you’ll notice later in the movie there isn’t much of that over-the-top gadgetry either. Actually, the only similarity between this and its predecessors is the intelligence in the plot – which as you know isn’t much (if any). Anyways, here it is….Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) is the official financier for the “world’s terrorists” who makes money in stocks by betting against the market and meanwhile staging incidents which turn things in his favor. After one such high profile affair is sabotaged by Bond (Daniel Craig), Chiffre has to win back the money lost due to his failed plan through a high-stakes poker game. Bond and his official financier from the government Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) are of course there to stop him from winning.

Quite a bit of the second half is dedicated to the poker game itself which I don’t understand anyways but there is lot of action happening during that too which makes sure you won’t start get bored. Of course, there are cool action sequences throughout the film and the good thing is that they rely more on amazing stunts than the regular visual effects.

Daniel Craig faced lot of criticism when he was chosen to play the role. In fact, there was a famous website dedicated to lampooning him. But as we all know now, his rocking portrayal of Bond seems to have silenced everyone. Eva Green is scintillating and notches higher than the Bond girls you’ve seen till now. Martin Campbell (who directed Goldeneye before) succeeds tremendously in revamping the franchise. What needs to be seen is how the next one in the series shapes up. The last scene in this one however seems to give a hint that the regular Bond you were used to before will be back.

I am not really a fan of Bond movies but this one I liked for all the reasons mentioned before. Irrespective of whether you are an enthusiast or not Casino Royale delivers the goods expected of a decent action flick.


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