“Spectre” is packed with action, lacks true substance By Rachel Popa Staff Reporter

By Rachel Popa

Staff Reporter

“Spectre” works in terms of its level of Bond-esque action, but has trouble standing alone as its own unique film within the franchise.

“Spectre” works in terms of its level of Bond-esque action, but has trouble standing alone as its own unique film within the franchise.

“Spectre” is the fourth film that stars Daniel Craig as the iconic debonair British spy, James Bond. The film begins with Bond attempting to make a hit on a target during a Day of the Dead festival in Mexico City.

The opening scene is all one continuous take, and is visually stunning with all of the different skeleton costumes and dancers, albeit a little disorientating when combined with the chase scene to follow. As a Bond film, “Spectre” has everything one would expect from it—adrenaline packed chase scenes, plenty of explosions and the iconic “Bond girl.”

“Spectre” also ties together the previous three Craig films within its plot, which provides an interesting arc if you have seen the other films. However, it felt like the writers tried to pack too much into “Spectre” in order to tie it into the previous three Bond films, making it drag along between action scenes until they unveiled yet another plot point.

When all the plot points were tied together at the end of the film, it felt like “Spectre” lacked substance of its own apart from the other Craig films. That being said, as a tie-in with the other Craig films, “Spectre” is an entertaining and visually dynamic watch worth seeing in order to get the full picture.

When not taking the other films into consideration, “Spectre” does not really have enough substance to stand alone plot-wise, but still is an acceptable and fun Bond film.

Three  torches out of five



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