November 6, 2015

Spectre Review

Watching James Bond film is a tradition in my family. My father used to work abroad but when he comes home for vacation, we'd watch whatever Bond movie is showing. I've probably seen all of them but I can't remember all the titles (yeah, forgetful me!).

The tradition changed when I met John. Instead of of watching a Bond movie with my parents and siblings, all Bond movies shown since 1993 was with John.

Yesterday we went to see the 24th Bond movie, Spectre, in Greenhills Cinema. Spectre is the sequel to Skyfall, which gave the seminal spy-thriller series. Spectre is the most expensive 007 movie to date, with a budget rumored to be well north of $250 million. This is the fourth ( and may be the final) Bond movie that Daniel Craig has starred in since 2006.


The opening of Spectre is strong, as Bond is in Mexico during the Day of the Dead celebration. The action in helicopter is heart-pounding but the film is slightly overlong, with a running time of 148 minutes, it is the longest James Bond movie. Spectre is the only Bond movie that I almost slept. Well, I actually took a nap because of the bloated second half. There were too much talking, I just dozed.

Spectre has its share of thrills but if you like pure action you might be disappointed like my husband. 

Since I'm romantic by nature, there's something wonderfully cheesy in this movie. I like the ending where no women are callously murdered purely as punishment for sleeping with James Bond, as happened in all three of Craig's previous 007 films.

Director: Sam Mendes
Casts: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes.


A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seek.

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