The World Is Not Enough
Holy Christmas. Okay, so at the time i was watching the Pierce Brosnan films, i was on board. Goldeneye was okay, because it was a new 007 after a long break. Tomorrow Never Dies was okay, because he was an established Bond and it contained a lot more action than the previous film. But then comes along T.W.I.N.E.. This movie takes the blandness of Goldeneye then mixes in none of the excitement of Tomorrow Never Dies. So what this boils down to is a boring story with boring action set pieces.
My favorite part of this movie is the first 17 minutes. If your movie is 17 minutes before the opening titles, you know that you are in for a long-winded film. 17 minute! That is roughly 3 minutes shorter than a full episode of Alf. That is a lot of time to spend on something that barely contributes to the plot of the film. I guess that 007 does injure his shoulder in the pre-credit sequence, but that barely comes into play. I guess why they changed the title to The World is Not Enough from “Pressure Point”.
There is not much to say about this movie. This was only Brosnan’s third 007 outing and it was already becoming a parody of itself. They really started going the way of Roger Moore, by trying to inject sight gags and lame humor (bond adjusts his tie underwater). The action sequences are edited so poorly, that they feel really slow and boring. At one point, 007 jumps on some skis and gets chased by some snowmobiles. There is zero sense of danger and even less sense of excitement.
Let’s get on to the real reason why you are reading this review. You are waiting for me to rip into Denise Richards as Dr. Christmas Jones. She is pretty freaking lame in this movie, but to be honest she is not the most annoying in the Brosnan series. The thing that does suck about her is the name Dr. Christmas Jones. There is a joke where Denise Richards introduces herself, “Doctor Christmas Jones, and don’t tell me any jokes, I’ve heard them all.” which Bond replies “I don’t know any doctor jokes.”. It is pretty funny, but honestly what the fuck kind of Christmas joke could 007 tell? There is no fucking christmas jokes. There is no double entendre for Christmas. In fact, there is only one joke for this setup and it is saved for the very end of the movie. The joke is so juvenile that it leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth. “I though Christmas only came once a year” is a dumb payoff which i am sure the writers though was the most clever thing ever written. Wrong.
There really isn’t much to say about the movie. The Villain is lame, the girls are lamer. Sophie Marceau was okay, but she was soooooo boring. Everything is boring about this movie, with the exception of Pierce Brosnan, who does everything in his power to make this a good movie. This is probably my favorite performance of his in all of his movies. Other than the fact that this is the last performance of Desmond Llewelyn as “Q”, there is nothing much going on in this movie.