Die Another Day
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Toby Stephens, Rick Yune, Rosamund Pike
Directed By: Lee Tamahori
Rated: PG-13 for action violence and sexuality.
Parental Notes: This film is probably too intense for younger teens, but will no doubt be popular with older kids.
Bond, James Bond, is as much a part of our modern Western culture as Star Wars or Gilligan’s Island, but far more pervasive, thanks to the twenty-odd films that have come out over the years. The newest installment, “Die Another Day” has a number of classic Bond elements, from needlessly complicated schemes for world domination to gorgeous women only too happy to grace the titular hero’s bed.
In fact, when “Die Another Day” leaves the Bond formula, it only becomes more of a spy movie at heart. Captured, tortured, and rejected by his superiors, Bond finds himself out on his own going after his betrayer with single-minded fury – but only until he becomes useful again and is allowed access to Q’s (John Cleese) lab and all its goodies to take down the nasty bad guy.
The plot, such as it is, revolves around young, handsome British playboy Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) and a Korean mercenary named Zao (Rick Yune), who make use of DNA replacement therapy and have concocted an orbiting mirror that could bring warmth and light to the world