If you put a 007 on a movie, it should be a Bond movie, not a generic action flick.
What do YOU think of when you think of Bond? I guarantee it won’t be in the movie. Let me give you a summary of what Bond signatures were missing from the film.
1. An exciting, explosion filled intro
Nope, in this movie you could have told me it was Fight Club or Kill Bill and I would have believed you. Some punching in a bathroom, that’s about it.
2. Naked silhouettes of women in the opening credits and upbeat music
Try bad CGI rendering of card motifs with a horrible score from someone nobody’s ever heard of.
3. Sneaking around
You’d think a spy wouldn’t go gun blazing into an embassy, but you’d be wrong. After a chase scene taken straight out of The Matrix, he ends up blatantly walking into the embassy shooting, and not even attempting to kill the cameras. He escapes of course, but ends up in the newspaper (some SECRET agent).
4. A sweet car with an awesome chase scene.
Nope, a Ford Focus. Then when he gets an Aston Martin, he gets up to a high speed goes around one corner, and then flips it a billion times.
Nope, Q didn’t even make it into this movie. His gadgets are a cell phone and a defibrillator.
6. A maniacal villain
Nope, just some guy who’s bad at manipulating the stock market, and he cries blood, which is kinda wussy.
7. A real game of cards
Baccarat was replaced with Texas Hold ’em, because Hollywood had to try and cash in on every popular trend. However, the poker game is drawn out, has little to do with the plot, and is comically predictable. Who’d have though it’d end with everyone going all in, and each having an even more improbably better hand than the last?
8. Bond chicks
Well there was one hot chick in the movie. She was in the movie for 5 minutes, just long enough for her to explain she is married to a bad guy, but not much else. She was tortured and killed. It’s a pity because the Bond girl who Bond falls in love with (if that doesn’t kill it, nothing will), is obviously not the kind of action filled girl that a secret agent would go for. More like a nun with a side-boob shot.
9. How about some cool weapons?
Wrong again… 90% of everybody uses a pistol. Of course they have infinite ammo, but doesn’t everyone these days? There are maybe 2 or 3 assault rifles in the movie, but Bond doesn’t use them. He actually makes most of his kills with his bloody fists.
Bond is smooth, a connoisseur, and a ladies man. In this movie, he is a monkey in a suit that has no taste at all.
In the end, it was a 5 out of 10 generic action film. But they put a 007 on it, so I give it a 1, only because a slap for Hollywood isn’t an option.