Release Date : Nov 20,2015
Spectre (aka) Specter review

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Production: Michael G. Wilson
Cast: Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci
Direction: Sam Mendes
Screenplay: John Logan
Story: Ian Fleming, Neal Purvis
Music: Thomas Newman
Background score: Thomas Newman
When one story is made in 25 different ways, then it has to be the James Bond series. Created by Ian Fleming, James Bond is an agent representing the MI6, which is the British Secret Service. Directed by Sam Mendes, who comes from the drama background, he has made use of the theatrics of staging a play in the visual pattern of Spectre. 
When an Alpha male fights the deadliest villain, then it becomes a James Bond film. The suits, the ladies and the cars along with some haunting past and of course the geeky weapons, it's an authentic Bond film. Daniel Craig is more of a raw, able-bodied assassin who doesn't prefer dupes to pull off his stunts. Though being criticized for being the less of a charmer with a deadpan face, this version of Bond has given a definite edge to the characterization.
Spectre is fairly engaging and does include the Bond elements, but it does lose its intention halfway through with a lucid screenplay. Why do you go to watch a Bond film? A man gets to live the life that you could only dream. From the eroticism to the lavish living to killing off the baddies, Bond is a mere reflection of your long held desires. This film is no less when it comes to the Bond's promiscuous behavior or the fancy cars, but with a story that is right in front of you demanding no mind-play, things get way too simple to interpret.
Though the production value and the technicalities might deserve your attention, it is always Bond's teasing attitude, unpredictable surprises and the nail-biting climax that's been serving well for the franchise. Spectre has a mixture of extremely riveting high-points to duds that swindle around till the hero hits a roadblock.
When the whole concept of James vs villain has become an over exposed template, Spectre could have worked on a different platform rather than the same old feature film having the protagonist trying to save the world. In fact, this time the story does take a detour and spends some time on Bond's emotions, but the fight against evil gets way too familiar beyond a point.
Monica Belucci being the oldest actor to be cast as a Bond girl has very little part to play while Lea Seydoux as Dr. Swann gets to stand behind Bond during the action sequences. Then and there saved by the car chasing and the high-voltage action sequences and the iconic Bond theme by Monty Norman, Spectre only gets to be an ordinary film.
The intriguing camera work, deep emotions and solid music indulges the viewer forgetting the runtime. If not for the predictability and the compromised logic, Spectre could have done lot more to the installment. But with just those minimal complaints and the overwhelming performances as a savior, the film manages to find an end before it's too late. 
Verdict: A tantalizing tale of an agent who does it one more time but nothing extraordinary.
( 2.75 / 5.0 )


Spectre (aka) Specter

Spectre (aka) Specter is a English movie with production by Michael G. Wilson, direction by Sam Mendes. The cast of Spectre (aka) Specter includes Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci.