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Bond returns with a kick

From the bright lights of Shanghai to the hills of Scotland, “Skyfall” takes you on a road reminiscent of old Bond films with an innovative turn.

Sam Mendes manages to direct a psychologically scathing portrayal of James Bond (Daniel Craig), despite the production difficulties. In light of having the movie postponed, changing screenwriters, and encountering financial troubles, “Skyfall” manages to pull out an emotional and action-packed kick.

As Daniel Craig embarks on his third performance as James Bond, another generation of Bond takes its turn. The film’s release coincides with the 50th anniversary of the series, which began with “Dr. No” in 1962. The plot brings in many of the well-known characters in the Bond series, and pulls out several action-packed sequences that keep you on the edge of your seat.

The film follows an almost unknown enemy, Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem), but ultimately focuses on the inner psyche of James Bond and his roots. The plot begins with recovering a computer hard drive stolen from a murdered agent that contains details of almost all undercover NATO agents in terrorist organizations.

The sanity of Bond’s mentor M (Judi Dench) comes into question when Bond is presumably killed under her orders. As an agent is put under attack and M’s life is in danger, Bond resurrects himself to set out to find the unknown enemy, Raoul Silva, but is psychologically weak and distrustful towards another agent. The enemy happens to be someone who knows Bond’s life down to the core, and roots out his distrust.

As the search for Silva reaches its climax, Bond seems to find himself by encountering his childhood trauma. The film unravels from an action- packed train hopping sequence to a path down Bond’s addiction and problematic youth, which he must overcome to defeat Raoul. The final showdown goes down in Bond’s childhood home, where his parents were tragically murdered.

The opening title sequences are beautifully provocative and nostalgic to old James Bond movies. The setting and cinematography do a beautiful job to portray the isolated nature of Bond’s dilemma and his emotional woes. In between the rooftop fights and motorcycle riding, the character development was strong enough to pan out the plot.

For those wishing to draw back to the Bond era, this film is definitely commendable. With prolonged title sequences and Bond’s provocative encounters with his female counterparts, this film truly will hit home.

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