The older Bond films are new to me which makes them perfect fodder for Tardy Critic Reviews.
The World is Not Enough turns 20 this year, but it’s still a great film. Let’s break it down.
A lot of technology changed between 1999 and 2019. Yet, it’s amazing how much they got right with their “futuristic” tech. In one scene James Bond swipes his fingers across his CRT monitor to scroll through a video and taps a second screen to pull up a video clip. We do the same thing today, only without the CRTs.
Overall the tech felt futuristic and dated at the same time. The holograms and video walls were very well done, though they were clearly products of the 90s. Today all of this can be done without special effects because we have screens and projectors everywhere, but this only makes this film that much more impressive.
As far as plot, it’s the standard spy plotline. Nothing extraordinary here. If you’ve seen one Bond Film or Mission Impossible film you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect in this one. Depending how you count it, there’s at least two chase scenes, numerous gun battles, and a minimum of three attractive female side characters which *spoiler alert* may or may not actually be villians.
For a two hour film it was a tad slow at times, modern movies tend to be a bit faster, at least in the action/thriller genre.
The look and feel of this movie screams 80s or 90s and that’s something that I was constantly aware of as I watched The World is Not Enough. The film grain quality was always there, reminding me that I was watching a film. Of course, this does nothing to subtract from the entertainment value of the film.
The World is Not Enough is a fun, action packed, spy-venture with lots of cool gadgets, a handful of one-liners, and enough twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Two thumbs up.
You can’t talk about a Bond film without talking about the opening credits sequence. The World is Not Enough has a very strange, psychedelic credit sequence. I really don’t know what the goal was, except maybe to do something new and exciting. The graphics are not great, they really look dated. More of something I might expect from the 70s or 80s, at least in terms of style.
The liquid effects and spinning globes of kaleidoscopes almost feels childish, in a “first semester of college” kind of way, but at the same time it’s mesmerizing. I couldn’t look away and I certainly couldn’t skip it. Not sure where it falls in the Bond credits rankings among connoisseurs.