NO TIME TO DIE is a fun-filled entertainer that will give you your money’s worth.

No Time To Die (English) Review {3.5/5} and Review Rating

No Time To Die is the story of a legendary secret agent who returns to service after capturing his past. The film begins with a Madeleine Swann (Lee Seydoux) flashback. As a child, he witnessed the murder of his mother at his home at the hands of Lutcifer Safin (Rami Malek). Lyutsifer tries to kill him. But she attacks her and later when she falls into the frozen lake, Lutcifer saves her. In the present day, Madeleine is with James Bond (Daniel Craig) in Matera, Italy. All is well until Spector’s killers attack Bond. He and Madeleine survived the attack and they also overcame the killers. However, Bond believes that Madeleine has betrayed him. She pleads and assures that he has not cheated on her. Still, he leaves her. Five years later, MI6 scientist Waldo Obruchev (David Densik) is kidnapped from the MI6 laboratory. His bioweapon project also gets leaked. Meanwhile, Bond is now retired and living in Jamaica. CIA agent Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) and his associate Logan Ashe (Billy Magnussen) contact Bond and ask for his help in finding Obruchev. Bond initially declines. But when he collides with Nomi (Lashana Lynch), his successor becomes 007 in MI6, and when Nomi warns him not to get involved, Bond accepts the CIA’s offer. Bond then travels to Cuba and with the help of a young agent, Paloma (Ana de Armas), they infiltrate a Specter meeting. Soon, Bond learns that the members of Specter are aware of his presence and are about to use a bio-weapon to kill him. But in a sudden twist, ‘Nanobot Haze’ kills all Specter members instead. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Movie Review No Time To Die (English)

Neil Purvis, Robert Wade and Carrie Joji Fukunaga have excellent storytelling and all the elements of a massive entertainer. The screenplay by Neil Purvis, Robert Wade, Carrie Joji Fukunaga and Phoebe Waller-Bridge is captivating. The writers have pitched the story with some very interesting action and dramatic sequences. However, the track of the villain is weak. The dialogues are direct and sharp.

Carey Joji Fukunaga’s direction is superb. A lot is happening throughout the film. So, despite the long length (160 minutes), one doesn’t mind as the interest level is high for most of the film. The 20 minute long introductory sequence is executed very well, especially the flashback of Madeleine. However, the antagonist’s track is not as dangerous as it was intended. The Bond series and many such big action entertainers have had far more evil villains. The climax on the island is impressive but this is where the film drags on a bit.

No Time to Die has a shocking and powerful introduction. The Matera action and chase sequence are thrilling and also the best part of the film. The film continues to entertain after the creative opening title sequence. The Cuban sequence is unpredictable and action packed too. The interrogation of Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) after the interval is tricky. But the best part of the second half is the action sequence set in the misty forest. The climax stretches a bit but the emotional finale makes up for it.

As expected, Daniel Craig is brilliant in every way. It is really heartening to know that he is playing this iconic character for the last time and hence, this performance is even more special. Lee Seydoux is absent in the middle of the film, but makes up for it with good performances at the beginning and in the second half. Rami Malek is strictly fine. Lashana Lynch is great and the constant tension between her character and Bond only adds to the madness. Ana de Armas is only there for 15 minutes but shakes up the show. She is looking worth lakhs of rupees in her high slit backless dress. Jeffrey Wright is cute in a small role. Christoph Waltz has got limited scope this time. Ralph Fiennes (Gareth Mallory) and Ben Whishaw (Q) are relatable. David Dencik and Billy Magnussen are decent. Child star Lisa-Dorah Sonnet (Mathilde) is cute.

Hans Zimmer’s music is grand and exhilarating. Linus Sandgren’s cinematography is apt and captures the different locations of the different landscapes beautifully. Mark Tildesley’s production design is rich. Suttirat Anne Larlab’s costumes are charming, especially the ones worn by Daniel Craig and the ladies. Elliot Graham’s editing is clean but could have been sharp towards the end.

Overall, NO TIME TO DIE is an entertaining entertainer that will give you value for your money. It released in India on 30 September and released today in Maharashtra. Despite the delay in release, it will find audiences because it is not available on piracy, word of mouth is very positive and also because it is the last Bond film to feature Daniel Craig.

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