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Reviews: Skyfall (2012) and Argo (2012)
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Skyfall (2012). Directed by Sam Mendes. The film opens in Istanbul with James Bond (Daniel Craig) and another MI6 agent, Eve (Naomie Harris), chasing an enemy agent that has stolen a hard drive. Said hard drive contains details of undercover agents in place via NATO. The chase transfers to a train, and Eve has the chance to try and disable the enemy agent with a rifle. But she misses and hits Bond, who seemingly falls to his death off a bridge. I had a number of problems with Skyfall: I'm not a fan of Daniel Craig as Bond, which doesn't help. I found both the story and pace uneven. I also found the protagonist to be almost laughable at some points, which is never a good thing. The latter half of the film was better for me, but it doesn't tie in very well with the earlier half. Overall it wasn't awful, but just felt mishandled and messy. Fans of the earlier films might enjoy, but then I enjoyed Quantum of Solace. 2/5 (Poor)

Argo (2012). Directed by Ben Affleck. The film is loosely based on the true story of six US civil service staff that escaped the embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by protesters in 1979. The staff end up at the Canadian ambassador's house, and the CIA are tasked with trying to extract them. Unfortunately I can't be very positive about Argo either. My fundamental problem with the film is that major sections of the story were changed to try and make it more exciting, which just defeats the object of any non-fiction dramatisation in my opinion. Aside from that, although the story was reasonably paced and interesting, there were just too many weary-looking-civil-service-staff-in-Canadian-ambassador's-house shots for me. In short, a lot could have been cut from the film to pace it better. Those who don't mind their "non-fiction" dramatisations to have a very large dose of fiction may well enjoy, if they can stand the lack of pace. 2/5 (Poor)
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