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A review by Mike Shea Movie Rating: ( * * * * · ) DVD Rating: ( * * * * * )
Following the basic rule that Bond movies are an entity unto itself and therefore aren't reviewed the same way, The World Is Not Enough is one of the best. I was pretty disappointed with Tomorrow Never Dies so it was quite refreshing to have a real Bond movie back in the picture. After a very explosive intro scene, the movie moves right into the plot. A terrorist is going after a rich girl who is running one of the major oil pipelines across the eastern block. The damsel in distress is played by the beautiful Sophie Marceau of Braveheart and the yummy Denise Richards plays Chrismas Jones, the ultra super nuclear rocket scientist (and with warheads like that, she is an expert in my book!). All the elements are here. The odd threat is a giant helicoptor buzz saw thing. The odd badguy is a gold toothed freak and a guy who has no feeling so he can pick up burning rocks and punch through glass and stuff. The odd chase scene is a boat race with a mini speedboat that Q wants to use for his retirement. The gadgets include a grappling watch and infrared glasses that lets Bond check out the big guns at the local casino. The plot has some nice twists and turns, with some great action scenes and some nice detective work. I am a big fan of the James Bonds that don't try to be something special. The smaller the plot,the better. I don't need big life threatening tidal waves or poison spores dropped from space. Just some good spy work. The DVD is another one of the Bond ultra DVDs. The picture is a very solid 16x9 enhanced 2.35 to 1 transfer. The sound is a very nice Dolby Digital 5.1. The DVD includes two commentaries, a featurette and a music video. Overall definitly proof that the Bond movies still are coming in hard and strong. Don't miss this one.