Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Ernest Saves Christmas Review (Updated)










Ernest Saves Christmas


Release Date: 9th November 1989 - Australia


Production Companies
Touchstone Pictures (presents)
Silver Screen Partners III (in association with)
Emshell Producers (producer)

Distribution
Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia


Genre: Comedy

Rating: G

Runtime: 95 minutes


Budget: $6,000,000

Box Office Gross: $28,202,109
(USA)


Plot Summary
When Santa Claus decides
to retire, he appoints a washed
-up kiddie show host to take
his place. Along the way, the
real Santa ends up in a
slammer on Christmas Eve,
and it's up to goonish, glad-
handling Ernest P. Worrell
to bust him out.


Cast
Jim Varney - Ernest P. Worrell/
Various
Douglas Seale - Santa Claus
Oliver Clark - Joe Carruthers
Noelle Parker - Pamela Trenton
Bill Byrge - Bobby
Gailard Sartain - Chuck
Robert Lesser - Marty Brock

Crew
Director - John P. Cherry
Story/Screenplay/Associate
Producer - Ed Turner
Screenplay - B. Kline
Producers - Doug Claybourne
& Stacy Williams
Co-Producer/Unit Production Manager - Justis Greene
Co-Producer/Second Unit Director - Coke Sams
Production Designer/Art Director - Ian D. Thomas
Costume Designer - Peter Mitchell
Director of Photography - Peter Stein
Film Editor - Sharyn L. Ross
Visual Effects Supervisor - Tim McHugh
Music - Mark Snow


Review
As a kid, I used to watch the Ernest flicks on the Disney Channel a long time ago and the late Jim Varney was the best actor to play that funny character, ERNEST SAVES CHRISTMAS is the first of these movies I had seen and it was a bit cheesy, but it did show a lot of Christmas cheer. Apart from the sense-able humour including the ones done by Ernest, the acting is quite good especially by Varney and Douglas Seale who gives an extraordinary performance as the holiday figure Santa except that he's not a wearing a red suit and hat. 

Although seasonable and surprisingly superb, SAVES CHRISTMAS gives a great generosity of laughs for a holiday film that's anything enjoyable for a fan of the series like myself, know what I mean. 

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever



Thursday, 20 December 2012

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Review










Home Alone 2: Lost in New York


Release Date: 10th December 1992 - Australia


Production Companies
20th Century Fox (presents)
Hughes Entertainment

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Family/Comedy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 120 minutes


Budget: $20,000,000

Box Office Gross: $359,994,850
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
The McCallister family go on a
holiday to Florida. Kevin gets
separated from his family and
manages to get himself onto
a plane from New York instead.
There, he checks into the best
hotel with his father's credit
card and sets out to enjoy
himself. Unfortunately, the
burglars he foiled before
are in New York after being
released from jail.


Cast

McCallister Family
Macaulay Culkin - Kevin McCallister
Catherine O'Hara - Kate McCallister
John Heard - Peter McCallister
Devin Ratray - Buzz McCallister
Hilary Wolf - Megan McCallister
Maureen Elisabeth Shay - Linnie McCallister
Michael C. Maronna - Jeff McCallister
Gerry Bamman - Frank McCallister
Terrie Snell - Leslie McCallister
Jedidiah Cohen - Rod McCallister
Senta Moses - Tracy McCallister
Daiana Campeanu - Sondra
McCallister
Kieran Culkin - Fuller
McCallister
Anna Slotky - Brooke McCallister
Kristin Minter - Heather
McCallister

Others
Joe Pesci - Harry Lyme
Daniel Stern - Marvin "Marv" Munchens
Tim Curry - Mr. Hector
Brenda Fricker - Pigeon Lady
Catherine O'Hara - Kate McCallister
Rob Schneider - Cedric
Dana Ivey - Hester Stone
Donald Trump - Plaza Hotel Owner (Cameo)


Crew
Director - Chris Columbus
Based on Characters/Writer/
Producer - John Hughes
Unit Production Manager/Executive Producer - 
Duncan Henderson
Executive Producers - Mark Radcliffe 
& Richard Vane
Production Designer - Sandy Veneziano
Costume Designer - Jay Hurley
Cinematography - Julio Macat
Film Editor - Raja Gosnell
Music - John Williams


Review
More slapstick humour and fun than its predecessor (click here), HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK has better tricks by Kevin as well as more booby traps for the Wet Bandits. Most of the actors have returned for this sequel including Culkin, Pesci and Stern. I know that the plot is recycled from the first film, I quite liked the three things that reside in this second flick they are Tim Curry's performance as the hotel manager, a small role by Rob Schneider and the funniest scene where the two Wet Bandits fall into a trap of getting knocked out by a huge pipe or should I say a pipe fell down on them both.

Unlike many other HOME ALONE movies, this one gets the definition of being more watchable and it proves to be a worthy follow-up to the original that the audience might be interested.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever




Monday, 17 December 2012

Dungeons and Dragons Review (Updated)










Dungeons and Dragons


Release Date: 18th January 2001 - Australia


Production Companies
Behavior Worldwide
MDP Worldwide
Silver Pictures
Station X Studios
Stillking Films
Sweetpea Entertainment


Genre: Fantasy

Rating: M

Runtime: 107 minutes


Budget: $45,000,000

Box Office Gross: $33,807,409
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Following the death of the
Emperor, his heir, Savina
discovers the greatest
threat to the Empire
comes from within. Profion
has dark plans to secure
the Royal Sceptre. With
the power of the Sceptre,
Profion plunges the nation
into civil war. The empress
send her most trusted scout
to find an ancient artifact,
the Rod of Savrille. It has
the ability to summon and
enslave the will of the Red
Dragons, which will tip the
balance of power and
expose the treasonous
Profion. With the help of
a rogue pair of petty thieves,
the deadly race begins... in
their hands rests the fate
of the Empire.


Cast
Justin Whalin - Ridley Freeborn
Marlon Wayans - Snails
Jeremy Irons - Mage Profion
Thora Birch - Savina
Bruce Payne - Damodar
Zoe McLellan - Marina Pretensa
Kristen Wilson - Norda
Lee Arenberg - Elwood
Richard O'Brien - Xilus
Tom Baker - Halvarth

Crew
Producer/Director - Courtney Solomon
Based on Board Game
"Dungeons and Dragons" - E. Gary Gygax
Writers - Topper Lilien & Carroll Cartwright
Producers - Thomas M. Hammel & Kia Jam
Co-Producers - Ann Flagella,
Mark Leahy, David Minkowski,
Steve Richards, Conrad Riggs,
Matthew Stillman & Sean T. Stratton
Executive Producers - Nelson Leong,
Joel Silver & Allan Zeman
Co-Executive Producer - Bruce Rockowitz
Production Designer - Bryce Perrin
Concept Artist - Tully Summers
Costume Designer - Barbara Lane
Cinematography - Douglas Milsome
Visual Effects Producer & Supervisor -
Joan Collins Carey
Visual Effects Supervisors - Chuck Comisky,
Mark Glaser, Marc Kolbe, Kevin Kutchaver
& Kevin O'Neill
Visual Effects Supervisor: Digital Firepower -
Charles Darby
Film Editor - Caroline Ross
Music - Justin Caine Bennett


Review
Hi there! This is Film Guru Lad, I'm sorry to say that I was going to do a review on the first LORD OF THE RINGS movie FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, but instead I had to watch the second STAR WARS prequel ATTACK OF THE CLONES (click here) for my two friends at my Christmas party, here's a review of the film that will make up for it. I have heard of Dungeons and Dragons board game but never played it, the movie is not so good and had just sucked eggs. The bottom line is that most of everything helped make this fantasy film weak include Marlon Wayans's character, the low acting, badly rendered CGI and off-course the evil henchman having a blue-lipstick, there good parts of it that make it right like the action, the fourth doctor Tom Baker's small role and Jeremy Irons' over-the-top acting as the evil sorcerer Profion.

Usually, this fantasy picture is a bad move, it would have more good if the makers would tone down the awful stuff and make it decent. I must say, I am very disappointed with such a poor film that has potential to be the next STAR WARS franchise at least not until LORD OF THE RINGS took the spot by next year.

Star rating: (2/5) Bad Movie


Monday, 10 December 2012

Balto Review










Balto 


Release Date: 27th June 1996 - Australia


Production Companies
Universal Pictures
Amblin Entertainment
Amblimation

Distribution
Universal Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 74 minutes


Budget: $31,000,000

Box Office Gross: $11,348,324
(USA)


Plot Summary
Part husky/part wolf, Balto
doesn't know where he belongs.
He's an outcast in Alaska,
except to his true friends: Boris,
the Russian snow goose, polar
bear cubs Muk and Luk and
the beautiful husky, Jenna.

One day, a serious diphtheria
spreads fast among the children
of Nome. When a fierce
blizzard closes off all routes
of transport, there's no way to
obtain life-saving medicine...
unless a team of sled dogs
can race six-hundred miles
through the blinding Arctic
storm and bring back antitoxin.
But the dogs are lost in the
frozen wilderness. Now, only
Balto can rescue the team and
save the children.


Voice Cast
Kevin Bacon - Balto
Bridget Fonda - Jenna
Bob Hoskins - Boris
Phil Collins - Muk & Luk
Jim Cummings - Steele
Juilette Brewer - Young Rosy
Jack Angel - Nikki
Danny Mann - Kaltag
Robbie Rist - Star
Sandra Dickinson - Dixie/
Sylvie/Rosie's Mom

Live Action Cast
Miriam Margoyles - Old Rosy
Lola Bates-Campbell - Rosy's
Grandaughter

Crew
Director - Simon Wells
Story/Screenplay - Cliff Ruby
& Elana Lesser
Screenplay - David Cohen &
Roger S.H. Schulman
Producer - Steve Hickner
Production Designer - Hans Bacher
Cinematography: Live Action
Scenes - Jan Ritcher-Friis
Film Editors - Renee Edwards,
Sim Evan-Jones & Nick
Fletcher
Lyrics: Song "Reach for the Light" - Barry Mann
Performer: Song "Reach for the Light" - Steve Winwood"
Music - James Horner


Review
Aside from the historical differences, BALTO has its marvellous animation that made the entire film look greatly drawn and ambitious. Unlike the other hand-drawn animated flicks that were made by Disney, it doesn't include the characters singing and therefore is not a musical. There's nothing wrong with this overlooked picture, I found some commendable aspects such as some humour which includes an ET reference and well-known voice-over talents of Kevin Bacon, Jim Cummings, Phil Collins, Bob Hoskins and Bridget Fonda. The film is complimented with the brilliant music score by James Horner who does a tremendous work of composing.

Shame it got beaten out of the box-office competition by Pixar's TOY STORY (click here), BALTO is an extremely underrated movie that the dog-lovers and furries might want to re-discover. It's better than the last one of Disney's POCAHONTAS (click here) which is also based on a true-life story and unfortunately fails to bring what BALTO has, a happy ending.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie



Monday, 3 December 2012

Red Dawn (2012) Review (Updated)










Red Dawn 


Release Date: 29th November 2012 - Australia


Production Companies
Film District (presents)
Contrafilm
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (Uncredited)
United Artists
Vincent Newman Entertainment
(Uncredited)

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: War

Rating: M

Runtime: 93 minutes


Budget: $65,000,000

Box Office Gross: $48,169,726
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
When North Korea invades
the United States, a group
of young men and women
from a small town arm
themselves and flee into the
wilderness. When they return
to the town a few weeks later,
they find themselves behind
enemy lines in "Occupied
America." Most of their family
members were dead. They
launch a resistance movement,
calling themselves Wolverines
after their school mascot. But
every time they attack on the
invaders, the North Korean
soldiers execute civilians in
retaliation. With the help of a
downed United States Air
Force F-15 pilot, the
Wolverines organize raids
on the North Koreans, who
begin to consider them a
serious threat.


Cast
Chris Hemsworth - Jed Eckert
Josh Peck - Matt Eckert
Josh Hutcherson - Robert Morris
Adrianne Palicki - Toni Walsh
Isabel Lucas - Erica Martin
Connor Cruise - Daryl Jenkins
Edwin Hodge - Danny
Steve Lenz - Pete
Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Sgt.
Major Andrew Tanner
Brett Cullen - Police Sergeant
Tom Eckert
Alyssa Diaz - Julie
Julian Alcaraz - Greg
Will Yun Lee - Captain Cho
Fernando Chen - Lt. Pak
Kenneth Smith - Cpl. Smith
Matt Gerald - Sgt. Hodges
Michael A. Knight - Col. Ivanov
Noah Smith - Joe
Michael Beach - Mayor Jenkins

Crew
Director - Dan Bradley
Based on 1984 Screenplay/Story - Kevin Reynolds
Based on 1984 Screenplay - John Milius
Screenplay - Carl Ellsworth & Jeremy Passmore
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager - 
Kevin Halloran
Executive Producer - Vincent Newman
Producers - Beau Flynn & Tripp Vinson
Co-Producer - John Swallow
Production Designer - Dominic Watkins
Costume Designer - Catherine George
Director of Photography - Mitchell Amundsen
Special Effects Supervisor - Mark R. Byers
Film Editor - Richard Pearson
Music - Ramin Djawadi


Review
I don't care much for war movies except for science fiction war movies like STAR WARS and I haven't seen the old RED DAWN film. The remake of this classic is mildly entertaining which is good enough to maintain itself in spite of its shortcomings. Though there were some people who would say the plot-line of the 2012 reboot is too haphazard instead of being meaningful. I hate to spoil the movie, but it has very neat and clever warfare action as well as bits of comedy and a few top-notch casting choices including Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson and Isabel Lucas. There's one thing I like to point out which is that one of the stars Josh Peck whom you may know him from the DRAKE & JOSH TV series has done a lot more mature acting which I have never seen him actually do. 

For the moviegoers, this flick wasn't too serious, sure it does deal with contemporary issues such as war and conflict. In terms of a target audience, I think this feature has been aimed towards a teenage audience as it has themes which would relate to teenagers such as teamwork, survival and independence. Having said all of this, I would recommend this as being a good easy-going movie to watch.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Monday, 26 November 2012

Skyfall Review (With Guest Reviewer)










Skyfall


Release Date: 16th November 2012 - Australia


Production Companies
EON Productions
B23

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 143 minutes


Budget: $200,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,108,561,013
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
James Bond's loyalty to M is 
tested when her past comes 
back to haunt her and top-
secret MI6 files are leaked
—meaning the identities of 
each and every undercover 
agent placed in terrorist rings 
around the world may be 
compromised. When the 
agency itself comes under 
attack, Bond finds himself on 
a mission that takes him from 
Istanbul to the South China 
Sea to track down and 
destroy the threat, no matter 
the personal cost. But as 
secrets about M's past are 
revealed along the way, the 
agent finds himself questioning 
his loyalty to her.


Cast
Daniel Craig - James Bond
Judi Dench - M
Javier Bardem - Raoul Silva
Ralph Fiennes - Gareth Mallory
Naomie Harris - Eve
Berenice Lim Marlohe - Severine
Albert Finney - Kincade
Ben Whishaw - Q
Rory Kinnear - Bill Tanner
Ola Rapace - Patrice

Crew
Director - Sam Mendes
Based on Characters - Ian Fleming (Uncredited)
Screenplay - Neal Purvis,
Robert Wade & John Logan
Producers - Michael G. Wilson
& Barbara Broccoli
Production Designer - Dennis Gassner
Cinematography - Roger Deakins
Second Unit Director: Underwater Unit/
Stunt Coordinator - Gary Powell
Fight Coordinator - Nicola Berwick
Second Unit Director: Splinter Unit/
Special & Miniature Effects Supervisor -
Chris Corbould
Miniature/Visual Effects Supervisor -
Steve Begg
Main Titles Designer - Daniel Kleinman
Film Editors - Stuart & Kate Baird
Composer: James Bond Theme - 
Monty Norman
Music - Thomas Newman
Lyrics/Singer: Song "Skyfall" - Adele
Lyrics: Song "Skyfall" - Paul Epworth


Review (FilmGuruLad)
A complex and easier Bond picture, SKYFALL downplays the mediocrity of QUANTUM (click here) and focuses on the superior level of the smooth story, brilliant car chases, imploding action and the fun parts. I'm glad that Q is being brought back after being in absence on two recent Bond films with Ben Whishaw playing the quartermaster as well as packed with a few gadgets. I am surprised that this movie was inspired by THE DARK KNIGHT (click here) except that SKYFALL has James Bond and a villain who is similar to the Joker, but has a different agenda.

This might be the best Bond film that has Daniel Craig and is far better than the last one which fails to bring something that the audience need, I consider that on my opinion.

Review (Guest Reviewer)
Hi! I am doing a guest review for Film Guru Lad for SKYFALL. In viewing this film, I was very impressed, as a Bond fan I went into the cinema with high expectations and I left the movie feeling these expectations had been satisfied. The action and stunt choreography was original and entertaining. The cast selected were really suitable for the roles they played, I particularly enjoyed the actor who played Q as I enjoyed the humour and comical nature that he brought to the film. Javier Bardem was the perfect villain as he clearly portrayed the characteristics crucial to his menacing character.

This movie was engaging from start to finish with the interesting story-line, outstanding acting performances and intense action sequences. Definitely a must see for Bond fans.

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Quantum of Solace Review








Quantum of Solace


Release Date: 19th November 2008 - Australia


Production Companies
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Columbia Pictures
EON Productions
B22

Distribution 
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 100 minutes


Budget: $200,000,000

Box Office Gross: $586,090,727
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
On a nonstop quest for
justice that crisscrosses
the globe, Bond meets
the beautiful but feisty
Camille, who leads him
to Dominic Greene, a
ruthless businessman and
major force within the
mysterious Quantum
organisation. When Bond
uncovers a conspiracy to
take control of one of the
world's most important
natural resources, he must
navigate a minefield of
treachery, deception and
murder to neutralize
Quantum before it's too
late!


Cast
Daniel Craig - James Bond
Olga Kurylenko - Camille
Mathieu Amalric - Dominic Greene
Giancarlo Giannini - Rene Mathis
Jeffrey Wright - Felix Leiter
Judi Dench - M
Gemma Arterton - Strawberry Fields
Joaquin Cosio - General Medrano

Crew
Director - Marc Forster
Based on Characters - Ian Fleming (Uncredited)
Writers - Paul Haggis, Neal
Purvis & Robert Wade
Producers - Michael G. Wilson
& Barbara Broccoli
Production Designer - Dennis Gassner
Costume Designer - Louise Frogley
Director of Photography - Roberto
Schaefer
Stunt Coordinator - Gary Powell
Film Editors - Matt Chesse &
Richard Pearson
Title Designer - Mk12
Composer: James Bond Theme - Monty Norman
Music - David Arnold
Writer/Performer: Song "Another Way to Die" -
Jack White
Performer: Song "Another Way to Die" -
Alicia Keys


Review
The recent Bond picture QUANTUM OF SOLACE has a lot of the top action, but the film is too complicated and different to the series. What really bothers me is that it's still missing Q and having a Bond villain of an environmentalist is really a bad choice. I still highly praise Daniel Craig for his performance as James Bond.

Not quite the type of a Bond film that was expected, but could have been more. To me, QUANTUM is an unwarranted addition to the Bond family and it is probably for the best.

Star rating: (3/5) Average


Saturday, 17 November 2012

Pocahontas Review











Pocahontas


Release Date: 24th August 1995 - Australia


Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures
Walt Disney Feature Animation

Distribution
Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 81 minutes


Budget: $55,000,000

Box Office Gross: $346,079,773
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Along the edge-waters of 
Virginia, Pocahontas, the 
free-spirited daughter of 
Chief Powhatan, watches 
as a mysterious shipload 
of English settlers arrives, 
led by the greedy Governor 
Ratcliffe and the courageous 
Captain John Smith. Along 
with her playful pals, Meeko, 
a mischievous raccoon, and 
feisty hummingbird, Flit, 
Pocahontas develops a 
strong friendship with 
Captain Smith. But when 
tensions mount between 
their two very different 
cultures, Pocahontas seeks 
the lively wisdom of 
Grandmother Willow to 
help her find a way for 
everyone to live together 
in peace.


Voice Cast
Irene Bedard - Pocahontas
Judy Kuhn - Pocahontas 
(singing voice)
Mel Gibson - John Smith
David Ogden Steirs - Governor 
Ratcliffe/Wiggins
John Kassir - Meeko
Russell Means - Chief Powhatan
Christian Bale - Thomas
Linda Hunt - Grandmother Willow
Danny Mann - Percy
Billy Connolly - Ben
Joe Baker - Lon
Frank Welker - Flit
Michelle St. John - Nakoma
James Apaumut Fall - Kocoum
Gordon Tootoosis - Kekata
Jim Cummings - Chief
Powhatan/Kekata (singing voices)

Crew
Based on an Idea/Visual
Development/Character
Designer/Director - Mike Gabriel
Director - Eric Goldberg
Story/Character Designer/
Visual Development/
Supervising Animator:
Pocahontas - Glen Keane
Story/Character Designer/
Visual Development - Joe Grant
Story/Character Designer/
Visual Development/Video
Reference Cast/Supervising
Animator: Ratcliffe - Duncan
Marjoribanks
Story/Character Designer/
Visual Development/
Supervising Animator: Percy,
Grandmother Willow &
Wiggins - Chris Buck
Story - Ralph Zondag, Burny Mattinson,
Ed Gombert, Kaan Kaylon, Francis Glebas,
Rob Gibbs, Bruce Morris & Todd Kurosawa
Additional Story Development - Andrew Chapman,
Randy Cartwright, Vincent DeFrances,
Tom Mazzocco, Don Dougherty and
Jorgen Klubien
Additional Story Development/Visual Development -
Will Finn
Additional Story Development/Animator: Percy -
Broose Johnson
Additional Story Development/Supervising Animator:
Ben & Lon - T. Daniel Hofstedt
Additional Story Development/Supervising Animator:
Flit & Forest Animals - David Pruiksma
Additional Story Development/Supervising Animator:
Meeko - Nik Ranieri
Writers - Carl Binder, Susannah Grant &
Phillip LaZebnik
Producer - James Pentecost
Art Director/Visual Development/Character Designer -
Michael Giaimo
Songs/Music - Alan Menken
Lyrics - Stephen Schwartz
Film Editor - H. Lee Peterson


Awards

1996 Academy Awards
Best Music, Original Song "Colors of the Wind" -
Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz (Won)
Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score -
Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz (Won)


Review
POCAHONTAS is Disney's best looking movie that is ever done with good animation and vivid art direction, but there are the problems which includes historical inaccuracies, animal characters that don't talk and the bittersweet ending. The things around the film are worthwhile is the voice acting of Mel Gibson and Christian Bale and three songs by Alan Menken "Steady as the Beating Drum", the Oscar-winning "Colors of the Wind" and "Savages".

Its funny how most Disney animators thought that POCAHONTAS was going be the ultimate hit for the studio instead of THE LION KING (click here). It turns out that it was actually the opposite and its one of those animated movies that tried so hard to be good, but it ends up low.

Star rating: (3/5) Average


Monday, 12 November 2012

Casino Royale Review (Updated)










Casino Royale


Release Date: 7th December 2006 - Australia


Production Companies
Columbia Pictures
EON Productions
Casino Royale Productions
Stillking Films
Babelsberg Film

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 144 minutes


Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $594,239,066
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Bond's first 007 mission 
takes him to Madagascar, 
where he is to spy on a 
terrorist, Mollaka. Not 
everything goes to plan 
and Bond decides to 
investigate, independently 
of MI6, in order to track 
down the rest of the terrorist 
cell. Following a lead to 
the Bahamas, he encounters 
Dimitrios and his girlfriend, 
Solange. He learns that 
Dimitrios is involved with 
Le Chiffre, banker to the 
world's terrorist organisations.

Secret Service Intelligence 

reveals that Le Chiffre is 
planning to raise money in 
a high stakes poker game 
in Montenegro at Le Casino 
Royale. MI6 assigns 007 
to play against him, knowing 
that if Le Chiffre loses it 
will destroy his organisation.


Cast
Daniel Craig - James Bond
Judi Dench - M
Mads Mikkelsen - Le Chiffre
Jeffrey Wright - Felix Leiter
Giancarlo Giannini - Rene Mathis
Simon Abkarian - Alex Dimitrios
Caterina Marino - Solange Dimitrios
Jesper Christensen - Mr.
White

Crew
Director - Martin Campbell
Based on Novel "Casino
Royale" - Ian Fleming
Screenplay - Neal Purvis,
Robert Wade & Paul Haggis
Producers - Michael G. Wilson
& Barbara Broccoli
Production Designer - Peter Lamont
Costume Designer - Lindy Hemming
Director of Photography - Phil
Meheux
Stunt Coordinator - Gary Powell
Special & Miniature Effects Supervisor -
Chris Corbould
Film Editor - Stuart Baird
Titles Designer - Daniel Kleinman
Composer: James Bond Theme - Monty Norman
Music - David Arnold
Writer/Performer: Song "You Know My Name" -
Chris Cornell


Review
Not quite the reboot what I was expecting, CASINO ROYALE is a great Bond movie and it took four years after the last Bond film DIE ANOTHER DAY to make this adaptation of the character's first story by Ian Fleming. Despite lacking the character of Q who is part of the Bond formula, the film showcases some action and actor Daniel Craig for his performance as the title character who was much more aggressive, rough and gritty than the previous actors like Sean or Pierce that have portrayed the secret agent.

While it managed to re-invent the Bond franchise, CASINO ROYALE is enjoyable and even disturbing in some ways, but it does have a lot of style. I can't wait for the new Bond film SKYFALL to come out and yes, it does have Q.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie