Nov 17, 2015

Spectre Movie Review with Spoilers.....


Yours truly was excited when blogger pal Kelly invited me to be her plus one to watch the latest instalment of James Bond 007 - Spectre at GSC Tropicana Mall , thanks to Spinzer and also Dominos who were the organiser and sponsors...

I have always been a fan of Bond movies since I followed my mom to watch them as a kid....and always found them interesting, thrilling and sexy... hahahah



One of the surprise we got while watching this movie was we all were treated to a personal pan pizza to enjoy while watching the movie... it was definitely exciting.... and delicious fun watching a movie with a Chicken Confidential pizza to savour...absolutely yummy... if you have not tried it go try it now... it is #DTopSecret !!!



The film opens in Mexico City during a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico. A man in a white suit and skull mask walks by, while another man in a skull mask and skeleton costume suit spots him and starts walking into a hotel with a woman.


When Bond (Daniel Craig) and a female companion arrive at a hotel room, she falls seductively onto the bed, glancing upwards only to find that he's ready to work: the perfectly cut suit and an automatic rifle showing just how cool and serious he is. 

James Bond (Daniel Craig) staggers rather than bounds in <i>Spectre</i>.

 He leaves his lover in the room while he steps out onto the roof to walk with his gun toward the building next to it and aim at the man in white, whose name is Marco Sciarra (Alessandro Cremona). 

Bond overhears Sciarra and two other men talk about blowing up a stadium and talking about someone known as "The Pale King". Before Bond can make a move, the men spot him and shoot back, but Bond kills the two men before blowing up the bomb, which destroys part of their building and causes it to come crashing down onto the roof of Bond's building. He falls through the wreckage on to a sofa but walks out into the city to pursue Sciarra.

Daniel Craig in <i>Spectre</i>, his fourth time as 007.

Bond follows his target through the parade as Sciarra quickly calls  someone to pick him up in the square. Sciarra gets on to a descending helicopter and climbs in as Bond catches up and beats Sciarra's goons before jumping in the helicopter with him. As it takes off, Bond fights both Sciarra and the pilot. The helicopter flies dangerously close to the innocent people taking part in the parade as Bond tries to kill his target. 

Bond finally kills Marco Sciarra, the man that the previous M ordered him to kill. by kicking him out of the helicopter. 


The fact that the killing made the headlines with all the destruction without the authorization to be in Mexico caused forces the current M (Ralph Fiennes) to release Bond from his job by taking an overdue holiday  immediately. 

As Bond makes to leave, he is introduced to the new head of the Joint Intelligence Service, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott). Bond refuses to call him by his name and starts referring to him as C, which irritates Max.

Bond runs into Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and she demands to know how reason and he shows her the reason he went  after Sciarra: the previous M (Judi Dench) has sent him a tape shortly after her death, instructing Bond to find Sciarra, kill him, and go to the funeral in Rome. Moneypenny also gives Bond a box of items recovered from Skyfall. Bond looks in the box and sees, among other things, a picture of a man and a boy, with a third person's face burnt out of the picture.


Bond rides around the river with Bill Tanner (Rory Kinnear) where they get a glimpse of the new JIS building. Tanner says that C's plan is to create "Nine Eyes", a program that will allow access to intelligence streams in nine countries. The new Nine Eyes program will also decommission the 00 program because they claim it is unnecessary and obsolete with their new electronic surveillance methods. 


The men meet up with Q (Ben Whishaw), who gives Bond only a single tool, a watch, but Q suggests that the alarm is very loud. He also injects Bond with "smart blood", with Bond's consent, that allows Bond to be located anywhere in the world by Q's computer. Bond later steals a custom Aston Martin made for him but reassigned to be given to 009.



Bond arrives in Rome with the Aston Martin for Sciarra's funeral. He encounters Sciarra's widow Lucia (Monica Belucci). At night, in her home, Lucia is nearly executed by two men until Bond shows up and gets them first. Despite knowing that Bond killed her husband, she gave in to his seduction and informs him of the organization that Sciarra was part of.



Bond arrives at the hideout of this organization by using the octopus ring as entry. There, he enters a balcony and observes a large number of people at a boardroom table discussing events in Marrakesh and Tunisia, as well as the planned bombing in Mexico. A man cloaked in shadows (Christoph Waltz) enters and oversees the meeting. They also mention The Pale King and plan to get rid of him. He calls upon a man to be the muscle in their plans, but a much larger fellow, Mr. Hinx (Dave Bautista), steps in for consideration. Hinx slams the man's head on the table and plunges his thumbs into the man's eyes after which the first man falls to the floor. Hinx wipes the blood off his fingers with a handkerchief and assumes the role of the main henchman.

 The leader man in the shadows then sees Bond in the balcony and refers to him by his name, saying it's been a while since they've met. Bond appears to recognize the man as well. One of his henchmen in the building nearly attacks Bond until he throws him over the balcony. 


Bond gets into the Aston Martin car that he took from Q and tries to make a hasty retreat, but Hinx gets into another supercar and a race through Rome ensues. The race enters the cement pathway beside the Tiber River. Bond sees that most of the car's gadgets do not work, except for a flamethrower, which he uses on Hinx's car behind him. Hinx's car crashes and burns. 

Bond ejects himself from the car with the ejection seat and lands far away thanks to his parachute. Bond's Aston Martin crashes into the Tiber River and sinks. Bond then contacts Moneypenny and asks for information regarding The Pale King and Franz Oberhauser, the man in the shadows.

Moneypenny informs Bond that The Pale King is really Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), (the same shadowy middleman from the crime organization Quantum from two previous Bond films 'Casino Royale' and 'Quantum of Solace') while she learns that Oberhauser and his father were reported to have died in an avalanche. 


Bond manages to locate Mr. White in Austria, where he lives alone in a dilapidated home, dying of thallium poisoning as a result of leaving the organization. White tells Bond to find her at a clinic where she works, and that she will lead him to L'Americain, which will in turn bring him back to Oberhauser. White then puts the gun under his chin and pulls the trigger.



Bond finds White's daughter, Dr. Madeleine Swann (Lea Seydoux) at the clinic high in the Austrian alps. She asks him some test questions before he tells her that he watched her father kill himself. Madeleine orders him to leave and angrily walks away from Bond outside the building before she is captured by Hinx and his fellow goons. Bond takes a plane and chases the villains, eventually causing them to crash their cars before he rescues Madeleine, leaving only Hinx alive.

Bond brings Madeleine to meet with Q, who has done an analysis on the ring. It contains files which reveal that Bond's most recent enemies (Mr. White, Sciarra, Le Chiffre, Dominic Greene, and Raoul Silva) were all connected to Oberhauser, and that other organizations like Quantum were subsidiaries of this organization. Madeleine says that the organization's name is Spectre, and that L'Americain is not a person as Bond had originally believed, but a hotel in Morocco.

Meanwhile in London, M has learned that Bond has left the country against his orders. He must also deal with C initiating Nine Eyes, though the decision to launch it must be unanimous, and C has at least one detractor. The 00 program is also officially shut down.

Bond and Madeleine travel to Tangier and locate the L'Americain Hotel. Bond sees a mouse run into a hole in the wall and suspects that there might be something behind the wall. Bond punches out the wall and finds a hidden room adjacent to their hotel room. They find a stash of tapes and pictures kept by Mr. White that lead to the next clue in where to find Spectre.


The two board a train headed to Spectre's main hideout inside a crater deep in the desert. As Bond and Madeleine sit together, they are interrupted by Mr. Hinx. Bond battles the gigantic man while Madeleine tries to get a good hit in. In the storage car by now, Bond wraps a handy rope around Hinx's neck and tries to choke him. 


In the mayhem, a string of barrels are disappearing out the open door and Bond manages to attach the rope to the barrels. Hinx realizes what's about to befall him, mutters "Shit," and disappears out the door. Exhausted and sweaty, the two look at each other. "What do we do now?" Bond says. Moments later they are passionately feverishly all over each other ...



The train stops at an isolated station in the middle of nowhere and are picked up by a man in an old Rolls Royce. They are driven to the Spectre facility in a meteor crater in this very isolated part of the desert. Oberhauser and his men find Bond and Madeleine, where Oberhauser states that he is the mastermind behind every painful event over the last few years of Bond's life. He brings up Vesper Lynd's death, as well as the last M's death. He then pulls up a video of Bond's last meeting with White, showing him passing the gun to White before his death, proving the incredible reach of their new surveillance technology. It is also revealed that C works under Oberhauser, and Nine Eyes will give Spectre access to all the intelligence streams. Bond then gets knocked out by a thug.


Bond wakes up strapped in a chair, prepped for torture. Oberhauser tells Madeleine how his father looked after Bond after the death of Bond's parents, and he was something of a brother to Bond until he faked his death in the avalanche. Now, he is no long Oberhauser, but really...Ernst Stavro Blofeld - his old nemesis (from the days of Sean Connery's Bond movies). Blofeld turns on robotic, high speed little drills that drill into Bond's head. Madeleine approaches him and admits her love for him. Bond slips her his watch, that Q gave him, and sets the timer. Knowing what's happening, she slides the watch toward Blofeld as it explodes and unlocks the torture chair. Bond and Madeleine escape, after a firefight with henchmen. The facility is destroyed by gigantic explosions as they leave the crater.



Bond returns to London to join Tanner, Q, and Moneypenny as C is arrested. Madeleine leaves Bond because she wants no part in the life he leads. The heroes are ambushed, and Bond is taken.

Bond is taken to the former MI6 building and quickly takes out his captors. He finds Blofeld, now blind in his right eye and sporting his trademark scar. Blofeld says that Madeleine is in the building, which is set to explode. Meanwhile, M and the others attempt to relocate C and stop Nine Eyes from launching. M finds C in his office and tricks the villain into officially disabling the program. C fights M and tries to shoot him, but M causes him to shoot the glass ceiling, throwing C off-balance and causing him to fall over the balcony to his death.



Bond finds Madeleine and escapes with her on a boat over the Thames River as the building is destroyed - collapsed by multiple charges detonated simultaneously. Blofeld is escaping on a helicopter, but Bond manages to shoot him down. The helicopter crashes onto a bridge over the Thames River and is surrounded by police. Blofeld is apprehended by M while Bond leaves with Madeleine.


The film ends with Bond asking Q for one last favor: the vintage Aston Martin from the earliest Bond films, which we glimpse under restoration early in "Spectre". He and Madeleine drive off in the silver sports car into London traffic.


My thoughts on the show: it was a good show... if you do not expect too much of it (the problem is , too many people have too many expectations of a movie sometimes and end up being disappointed when it does not meet their expectation)... however there are some parts which can be a little too good to be true... so just close an eye to that... and you will enjoy the thrilling ride....


Anyway, thanks to Kelly, Spinzer and Dominos for the awesome treat....


*Pictures here are all not mine and belong to Spectre 007 movie and sourced from Google...

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