Bond’s loyalty to its boss M is threatened by her past, which will suddenly make itself felt. MI6 is attacked, and agent 007 must eliminate the threat, despite the price that has to be paid.
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The crazy chase along the streets of Istanbul and the games with the excavator ended for agent 007 (Craig) a fiasco: his own partner (Harris) accidentally shot him and Bond was recognized dead in absentia. M (Dench) brushed away a mean tear, wrote an obituary to Bond and forgot about the agent for several months. Bond survived, but went into a drinking bout.
After the absolute failure in Turkey, Mallory (Fanis), the new head of the Intelligence Committee, politely makes it clear to M that she has expired and it is time to think about resignation, to which M replies that he can put his proposal for resignation to where the sun is it does not shine. On the way to headquarters, M discovers that her personal computer was hacked, and then the MI-6 building collapses like a house of cards, and with it the lives of those involved in this small game. In the game, by the way, a new face naturally appears – the crazy computer scientist Silva (repainted as blond Bardem), who has long-standing abacus with both Bond and M.
What Mendes did with Bond can only be compared with what Nolan did with Batman – only the lazy did not build parallels between Skyfall and the trilogy on justice advocate in latex. Mendes juggles old cliches so cleverly that, for all their vulgarity and pretense, they look fresh and surprisingly ironic: the credits are still vigorous, Bond is still cool, the villain is still angry, and M is still the same bitch. There is only one difference: the stakes this time are indecently high. Skyfall is the most personal, most intelligent, most inventive Bond of all that has been released recently. Agent 007 and M from ordinary characters turned into lively, voluminous images: Bond returns to his native Scottish heathlands and recalls his childhood, and the old woman quotes Tennyson, shoots at terrorists and suddenly turns into a new Bond girl (!) – the French-speaking French Marlo plays the role of a beautiful but absolutely meaningless decoration. The relationship between the main three (M, Bond, Silva) is akin to strife in a Swedish family, even though open sexual subtext is present in a decent amount. Bardem, the main local attraction, gives out an Oscar-caliber performance: a monologue on rats in the 70th minute is probably the best thing that is available at Skyfall. Mendes’ ingenious idea – to repaint the Spaniard as a blonde – worked one hundred percent. Silva clings to the tied Bond, giggles infectiously, shoots at everyone in a row and envies with enviable persistence the dignity of the defenseless pensioner who once nearly killed him.
And now about the sad. Strictly speaking, there are exactly two drawbacks in Skyfall: the first – too little Bardem, the second – local girls play the role of scenery (Harris Bond shaves, and Marlo fucks). More flaws in this action, bombarding testosterone and symmetrical Mendes frames, can not be found.
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision + HDR10
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)