Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Screen Shot 2013-12-08 at 1.43.26 PMStarring: Pierce Brosnan, Michelle Yeoh, Jonathan Pryce, Teri Hatcher, Judi Dench

Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode

PG-13. 119 mins

A weak conflict and a less-than-menacing villain make this stunt-heavy entry into the Bond franchise a competent, but lacklustre thrill-ride. James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is back to fight  billionaire media mogul Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce), who plans to manipulate world events via an exclusive flow of information through his satellite system. After a battleship sneakily sinks a British naval vessel, Carver publicizes the event as the fault of the Chinese. Bond is sent to investigate and meets “journalist” Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh), later revealed as a Chinese agent. An excellent foil to Bond’s cocky attitude, the two must team up in order to stop Carter before he monopolizes all the worlds media sources. Scuba diving, motorcycle chases and plenty of missiles are in store  for audiences as they enjoy another two-hours of Bond action. The film hits all the notes expected from the franchise, but the story is built around flashy stunt sequences rather than a logical storyline. The glimmer of hope is found in Yeoh, who provides an intriguing character to the overwhelmingly generic mix. A crowd-pleaser for Bond fans, but most-likely a flop for those not already committed to the franchise, Tomorrow Never Dies is just another wrinkle in the ageing series – * *

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