Movie reviews: ‘No Time to Die’ is a James Bond film unlike any other

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No Time to Die: Three and a half stars

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Will James Bond (Daniel Craig) ever be happy? Dore Superspy looks great in a tux, has saved the planet a dozen or more times and piloted invisible planes, but despite his list of accomplishments, true happiness hasn’t always found him.

In “No Time to Die”, however, it seems that Bond may have found a sweet spot in his life with his beautiful love interest, Dr. Madeleine Swan (Lee Seydoux). But Craig’s fifth and final time as 007 isn’t all sunshine and roses, as it required for a character that was traumatized.

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“No Time to Die,” now playing in theaters only, begins with a cold open unlike any other Bond debut. Two decades ago, against a remote, snowy Norwegian backdrop, the young daughter of a Specter agent is orphaned when a masked killer attacks her home.

“Your father killed my whole family,” he says between the bullets. She survives, and twenty or so years later becomes Dr. Swan, the psychiatrist and the only woman who can make James Bond smile.

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While on vacation in Materna, Italy, she encourages him to visit the grave of the heartbroken Vesper Lind, and relives his memory. He does, and soon the idol ends up with his new girlfriend, literally blowing up in his face.

Convinced Swann has betrayed her, Superspy cuts her loose, vowing never to stare at her again.

cut after five years. Bond retires from MI6, but returns to the international espionage game when his friend and CIA field officer Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) and ally Logan Ashe (Billy Magnussen) help him trace Waldo Obruche (David Densik). asked to help me, the one who was missing. Scientists working on deadly DNA nanobots weapon.

Job sees Bond alongside one of his greatest enemies, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz), and revenge-thirsty terrorist Lutcifer Safin (Rami Malek), a master in the art of asymmetric warfare.

“No Time to Die” shakes up Bond’s formula, while still getting what most fans are paid to watch. There are exotic locations, some high-flying action and the odd 007 one-liner. They are embedded in the DNA of the franchise; Character traits that have not been genetically edited from the film.

Feminization, which was so much a part of Bond folklore, is still there, but has been trimmed, and played to comic effect. In one instance Ana de Armas, whose appearance as CIA agent Paloma is the equivalent of an extended cameo, charmingly shuts the door on that aspect of the Bond legend. In a short but eventful scene, she almost steals the show, leaving the audience wanting more.

What director Cary Joji Fukunaga, who co-wrote the script with Neil Purvis, Robert Wade, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Scott J. Burns, has added to a rough re-evaluation of Craig’s years as Bond.

Call backs to “Casino Royale,” “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall,” and “Spectre” abound, and many of the film’s Easter eggs have loose ends tied in bows. Much of that content is fan service as the fifteen year old Craig Reigns comes to a close. A shot of a portrait of M (Judi Dench) points to a Bond relationship with her and Fukunaga heads back to “Casino Royale” to pay tribute to Felix “Brother from Langley” Leiter (Jeffrey Wright). It seems like a nice, respectable way to start one era and bring in the next, in whatever form.

But “No Time To Die” isn’t just the tip of the hat of the past. With the future in mind, Fukunaga and Craig have fundamentally turned a Bond film around. As the only Bond actor to have an arc to his character, Craig didn’t just don Pierce Brosnan’s tux and many previous actors have. He takes Bond to places he’s never been before, enhancing the character’s sentimentality as a man born out of trauma. He talks about taking everything from her as a kid, “before I was even in a fight.”

For the first time in Bond’s history, 007 is feeling the clock ticking, not the timer on the bomb he is trying to detonate, but the symbolic hands of time tightening around him.

This approach effectively shifts the dynamic of “No Time to Die” from action film to soul-searching character drama. The 163-minute running time allows the characters to explore why and how they came to life, but it also sucks the urgency of storytelling. Add to that Malek’s Safin, a ghoulish villain who should really make a big impact, and the drama required to shake that martini is reduced.

There is #NoTimeForSpoilers in this review, but suffice it to say, “No Time to Die” is a Bond film unlike any other. Craig left the franchise after making the biggest impact on the character as Sean Connery set the rules more than half a century ago. His finale is exhausted and may have relied heavily on pop psychologically, but it is an important film in the Bond canon.

It may also be the most important and exciting because “Dr. No.” Why? Because, as the on-screen card promises, “James Bond will be back,” but the film doesn’t give us any indication of what will happen in that re-invented future and that, after nearly sixty years. The most exciting achievement of “No Time to Die” after 007isms of steady diet.

Night Raiders: 3 साढ़े Stars

“Night Raiders”, a new play from Cree-Métis filmmaker Dennis Goulet and now playing in theaters, draws on the scoop of the sixties and the historical horrors of residential schools to create an unforgettable, dystopian landscape set in the near future .

Set in war-ravaged North America, society is crumbling and the cities are now run by the military. All children are the property of the state. These children, forcibly removed from their families, are kept in “education academies” of the state. Laws are enforced by killer drones and heavily armed soldiers, who kill parents to hide their children.

Cree mother Niska (Elle-Maija Tailfeathers) successfully hides her daughter Vassy (Brooklyn Latexier-Hart) in the woods until an injury forces her to go to the occupied city for medical treatment.

Cut after a year. Vasi is now in a re-education facility as Nisca joins up with a group of indigenous rebels called the Night Raiders, with the hope of freeing Vasi and the other prisoners of the “Children’s Academy”.

“Night Raiders” effectively paints a gloomy picture of a totalitarian future full of forebodings and danger. The story is fictional, but resonates with the ugly realities of colonialism and forced assimilation. Goulet allows viewers to draw comparisons between real-life atrocities and fictional elements of the story. The exhibition has no pages, only suggestive images. Show me don’t tell me The premise of the truth of the underlying themes often makes the story disappear in a dystopian style.

“Night Raiders” is at his best when he follows his path. The metaphor at its heart is strong and heartwarming and gives the film its strong punch. Less effective are the more traditional elements that feel like they’ve been stripped of other science-fiction stories.

Still, it packs historical relevance against the story of the resilient the Kree people, while establishing Tailfeather as a new kind of action hero — gracious yet fearless — and avoiding most of the easy clichés of other apocalyptic movies. does.

Is someone inside your house: 2 stars

is someone inside your house

“There’s Someone Inside Your House,” now streaming on Netflix, throws together a Halloween assortment of slasher movie standards, like good-looking teens with dark secrets and a masked killer, to tell a story that’s creep-o- Somewhere on the meter falls “Scream” and “I know what you did last summer.”

Based on the Stephanie Perkins young adult novel, the story centers on Makani Young (Sydney Parks), a Hawaiian teenager who moves to a small Nebraska town to live with her grandmother after a traumatic incident at her old school.

She is one of a large group of children sheltering a shadowy past at Osbourne High. The bloody, brutal murder of soccer star Jackson (Markion Tarasiuk) stuns the school, revealing a masked killer who uncovers the darkest moments of his victim before they can be found. And get this, the killer wears a 3-D printed mask of his victim while they do the dirty work.

Scary, isn’t it?

As the bodies are piled up, Makani—and his friends—envision a modern-day “breakfast club” consisting of astrophysicist Darby (Jesse LaTourette), a pill-popping smart Alec (Anthony Timpano), Zach, a local farming magnate. (Dale)’s son is involved. Whibbly), Makani’s ex (Theodore Pellerin) and kindred Alex (Assaha Cooper) – investigate, hoping to end the murder spree before the murderer’s life ends.

“There is someone inside your house” starts strong with the gruesome murder of the football star. This sets up the film’s “bloodier the better” attitude, but as the murders continue, director Patrick Bryce is more interested in the characters’ shocking mysteries than their deaths. Sure, there are horror movie settings like corn mazes and long, dimly lit corridors, but Bryce wants us to see the characters’ darkness, often hidden beneath well-manicured surfaces. A perky high-school student council president, for example, is revealed to be a closed racist in a spectacular way.

But, despite its sociological take on the lives and deaths of its characters, the film would have worked better, however, if we cared more about the people on screen. are revealed, but Bryce doesn’t allow teenage relationships to blossom, or the characters to form individual personalities. We learn about Makani and his life, but his friends are out of the central casting.

“You have no idea who I am,” the killer says as he appears. “You don’t even know who you are.” And, unfortunately, neither did the audience.

Bryce…

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