Spectre 007 Movie Review by The Commander

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SPECTRE
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BY THE COMMANDER
3 (out of 4 stars) 

 

Bond, James Bond. These three words, over the last 50 years, have been the catchphrase for suave, debonair, mysterious, badass—the guy every man wants to be, James Bond.  First portrayed in 1962’s Dr. No, by Sean Connery, a young fitness model from Edinburgh (with many successors), the franchise is now in the hands of Daniel Craig, a rough and tumble, harder and more sinister type of James Bond.

 

The latest film is titled Spectre, the name of the fictional criminal global syndicate and terrorist organization which first appeared in the 1965 film, Thunderball.  And for those of you who didn’t see this film, Spectre stands for Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, explained eerily by Supervillain Ernst Stravo Blofeld (no relationship to anyone).  Don’t you just love acronyms?  This film, like all other Bond films, literally starts off with a bang and then proceeds into a wild 15-minute high energy battle between our hero James Bond and the bad guy.  Cut to the opening titles and credits, and then the film plot actually starts.

 

In this version, political forces are intent on shutting down the MI6 program (double O's licensed to kill) so James is on his own to pursue another villain bent on world destruction and domination.  Now how could you go wrong with that premise?

 

This latest film is over-the-top with action sequences, intrigue, beautiful women and villains.  It has one of my favorite actors, Christoph Waltz as the evil genius, Oberhauser and former WWE wrestler turned actor, Dave Bautista, as his henchman, Hinx.

 

I saw this film in 4K and I enjoyed the fun, action sequences, James Bond-ish style of a film.  Sam Mendes (Road to Perdition, American Beauty, Skyfall) does a great job keeping the action going on and on and on.  However, this has been played out over and over again.  It's like going on a fabulous roller coaster at the amusement park.  You can ride it again and again because it's so much fun, but at the end of the day, it's pretty much a repetition of the previous ride. The plot is pretty simple and you can guess most of what's going to happen next, but it's still fun watching it.  It's just amazing to see what the producers can come up with for the next wild stunt sequence.  Actually, I hope I live long enough to see the film where James Bond stops the bad guy from blowing up Mars.

 

Go see this film—it's definitely a popcorn movie.  It's more on the intrigue side and there are more slow scenes during the film, but overall it's a great ride.  Besides, how would you like to be the only person in the group who hasn't seen Spectre?

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