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May 31, 2019
Enjoyed This One But It Was A Bit Too Much Full Of Explosion After Explosion & Lacked Any Real Depth Of Story Or Character. Some Parts Of A Comic Nature Go Beyond What You Would Call Classic Bond Noir. The Female Leads Certainly Make It Different Too, I Think This Is Where The Series Began Going Downhill, Drifting Astray From The Roots Of Bond Culture.
May 13, 2019
And he is here, the ultimate saviour of the franchise, he is going to line up quite an audience to watch him do, well, anything.


Campbell raises the bar. It was light and easy to do so, and yet he failed to place it in the major leagues. The franchise does this every time, they take a big break and hype up their upcoming project and tease the fans to a degree that they go vulnerable enough to chug up any bizarre made up story that somehow revolves around the same cheesy, ethically wrong icon. And I guess, it's that very same controversial debate that what is it so absorbing to watch three hours of gangsters creating havoc and still root for them. But at least, there is some sort of originality and authenticity in every new version of Martin Scorsese's mean street boys.

Here, this almost a Royale personality, has been revoking his license for commercial cinema as a get out clause which never was and shouldn't be an excuse to low quality cinema. And Martin Campbell, the director, isn't adding anything new to it, yet with such huge fumbles in the past, this seems like a project where a lot of work was put on. And similar is our new hero Pierce Brosnan ready to be drooled over, he puts on a lot of effort even in the long chase sequences, unlike Roger Moore he doesn't just sit by in a boat.

But what comes in natural to Brosnan; a highly appealing personality, is never reflected back by him with equally sincerity. And when he does work hard, his performance makes sure you are aware of it, such an effortful is his process and painful our experience. Sean Bean, a worthy foe sweats hard for it just like Famke Janssen who yells loud for the effects, combining them lies a noteworthy set of evil partner which is undermined by Brosnan's stealy cold look with his blue-grey eyes and yet they called it a GoldenEye.
May 7, 2019
The 90's action classic.
½ April 20, 2019
A classic Bond film. Brosman makes for a great James Bond, with a great story. Sean Bean plays a spectacular villain as always
April 19, 2019
In GoldenEye Pierce Brosnan's lightness of touch and the world domination plot recall James Bond's heyday in the 60s and 70s in this first 007 film of the 90s. Martin Campbell's blockbusting direction makes sure this stands tall among the action movies of the day, in a story that sees our hero face an opponent that knows him better than any that came before. The production values are occasionally shaky and it takes time to pick up the pace after the pre-credits scene. Also, John Barry's music is sorely missed, but the ambition on show - including an insanely high bungee jump off a dam and an outrageous tank chase - ensure a relevant and exciting Bond film for a new generation.
½ March 20, 2019
GoldenEye resuscitates the 007 franchise following a six-year hiatus. Pierce Brosnan makes his Bond debut, as does Judi Dench in the role of M. It is the first Bond film following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the end of the Cold War.

The storyline is generic. A disgruntled Cossack seeks to avenge his people by infiltrating MI6, betraying the British, and destroying the countryÔ(TM)s finances through the use of a Soviet superweapon.

Unfortunately for everyone, the writers had a uniquely horrendous talent for squandering great casting. Sean Bean, a personal favorite, is relegated to an utterly uninteresting villain, while Famke Janssen, one of the hottest women alive, is written so absurdly over the top that she is robbed of all sex appeal. The protagonist is hollow and as inanimate as the weapons he uses.

The effects are average for the era and havenÔ(TM)t aged well at all. Eric SerraÔ(TM)s score subtracts from the plot at every opportunity. The title sequence is unremarkable, and Tina TurnerÔ(TM)s performance of the theme song is quite forgettable.

The film has its humorous moments, most notably BondÔ(TM)s interaction with Agent Q. The one bit of dialogue the writers are decent at is one-liners.

The gadgets of the movie are both fun and believable. However, most of the action sequences are so filled with absurdities that Bond tearing up the streets of St. Petersburg in a stolen tank is actually one of the more enjoyable scenes in the film.

Not even the best action flick of its year, your time would be better spent on Die Hard With a Vengeance. While GoldenEye has its moments, itÔ(TM)s ultimately a one-and-done stereotype that should be watched once and shelved permanently.
March 14, 2019
One if my favorite Bond films. Ive seen it many times. It offers a great dramatic/action/fun/ ride! Just a lot of fun to watch. Pierce Brosnan is awesome as james Bond.
March 13, 2019
GoldenEye: 8 out of 10: Pierce Brosnan takes over as Bond in the superspy´┐ 1/2(TM)s first post-cold war outing as he takes revenge for the death of Sean Bean by driving a tank through King's Landing.

The Good: There are some things that GoldenEye does better than most bond outings.

1. First off are the bond girls: Izabella Scorupco is perfect as the Damsel in Distress/ Girl next Door love interest while Famke Janssen isn´┐ 1/2(TM)t just one of the best femme fatales in the Bond series she is easily one of the best henchman (Henchwoman?).

2. The stunts and action beats are downright excellent all across the board. For a rather long film, it doesn´┐ 1/2(TM)t feel it with a good pace that takes a breather every once in a while.

3. In addition, Pierce Brosnan is a breath of fresh air in the role and acts as if he had been playing it for years.

The Bad: There also some Bond tropes that are particularly painful in this one.

1. Whoever wrote Bonds one-liners in this film needs to be shaken as well as stirred. The snarky quotes manage to both take one out of the scene and appear desperate.

2. Look I know that ´┐ 1/2I don´┐ 1/2(TM)t want you to talk Mr. Bond I want you to die´┐ 1/2? is clearly a lie in these films as no one seems willing to just shoot Bond once captured. Goldeneye takes this to an extreme where an unconscious Bond is left in a puzzle box with all his gadgets over and over again. (Leaving him in a jet cockpit was particularly pathetic) Even by the weighted scale of a Bond villain, these are some pretty bad efforts.

The Ugly: Pierce Brosnan attacks Minnie Driver´┐ 1/2(TM)s off-key singing. Look Brosnon I saw Mama Mia you have no right to ever criticize anyone's singing ever.

In Conclusion: While Goldeneye is better remembered for the videogame it spun off than the movie itself it remains Pierce Brosnan's strongest outing and a very entertaining film in its own right.
½ February 12, 2019
Goldeneye works as a decent action film, and hey brought us an iconic video game, still Goldeneye didn't quite leave up to the height I had heard prior to my viewing.
January 18, 2019
If the 1997 video game (I think) the movie should be good too
December 23, 2018
One of the best bond movies of the franchise and definitely PBS best outing as her majesty's most competent spy
November 5, 2018
A renewed approach to James Bond that coincided with the period at that time.

Haven played the video game first on the Nintendo 64 before watching the movie, it made me appreciate both media of the same title more.

This was a long wait follow-up after License to Kill. It had everything from humour to action to hi-tech displays to the signature bond. And for me, Pierce Brosnan's entry as Bond fitted the Ian Fleming-description or perhaps my perceived view of how Bond should look.

This was a classic for gets 5-stars.

P.S - Judy Dench delivered excellently on the "M" role as expected.

quote from Bond on killing Xenia Onantopp - " She always did enjoy a good squeeze" lol
October 12, 2018
The best 007 film in my opinion.
October 11, 2018
Hasnt aged well, watch 2018.
½ September 22, 2018
Pierce Brosnan's first outing as Bond is a fun and exciting take on the series. GoldenEye may have a complicated plot as most Bond films do, but the charisma and energy that Brosnan brings into the role makes GoldenEye enjoyable.
½ July 24, 2018
Goldeneye has some of Brosnan's best moments but has some of his weakest as well. Goldeneye thrills but feels like it is missing something
July 12, 2018
Brosnan's first outing is a classic and a great Bond film. Good characters and a storyline that is easy to follow, it feels like Bond just undertaking a mission.
June 9, 2018
Pierce is an awesome Bond...He really is Bond..Love this one.
½ April 29, 2018
Although it has a few sluggishly paced moments, "Goldeneye" is an action-packed spy film that provides exciting action sequences and a charming performance from Pierce Brosnan.
April 9, 2018
GoldenEye has an expectedly weaker plot and an overblown runtime, but fun action scenes, memorable characters including a very good villain and Pierce Brosnan is a very strong, competent Bond, refreshingly reminiscent to Sean Connery. It is a very well executed spy flick and thus the best James Bond film since 'The Spy Who Loved Me'.
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