Bond is back for the 24th film in the super successful espionage series and this time, it’s personal.
Spectre opens in Mexico City, with James Bond (Daniel Craig) taking some “overdue holiday”, which inevitably leads to bullets flying, explosions and a suitable amount of structural damage, in what could be called one of the greatest 007 intro sequences of all time.
The tempo is kept high from here on in, with the secret agent flitting between Italy, Austria, Morocco and London as he chases ghosts from his past and the mysterious organisation, Spectre, which has harried Bond in six previous outings.
This is Craig’s fourth film since first appearing as a breath-of-fresh air Bond, sterner and with rougher edges, back in 2006. Nearly a decade later and with rumours that Spectre will be the last time the actor portrays 007, Craig’s weariness of the role is beginning to show. The cracks are nowhere near large enough to spoil the film, though, and Christoph Waltz proves he is the perfect villain with a menacing performance as the shadowy Franz Oberhauser.
Bond enthusiasts will relish, in fact, that “it’s all connected after all”, while for the rest of us, well, it’s a new Bond film, which means even if you don’t want to see it, you still kind of have to.
Jem and the Holograms
Based on the 1980s’ animated TV series, this film follows the adventures of Jerrica Benton (Aubrey Peeples), who becomes an overnight internet sensation along with her sisters after a video of her music is posted online. Promised the world, the sisters find that stardom is not always as it seems as they struggle to find their voice. Bizarrely, the film alienates fans of the series by cutting nearly all ties (apart from the name), while the badly thought out, half-baked concept will fail to impress the younger generation.
Spanning three product launches that are integral to the Apple story, this biopic goes behind the scenes to get inside the head of the tech company’s co-founder and late CEO, as well as the team around him. Working from a best-selling biography, director Danny Boyle shows audiences that Steve Jobs (played by Michael Fassbender) was as ruthless as he was creative and that his success was not without its sacrifices, both in his family life and health. Fassbender’s subtle portrayal of the conflicted man behind the brand is what makes this film so watchable.
Preview: The 33
In 2010, 33 Chilean miners were trapped 200 stories underground with a rock twice the size of the Empire State Building blocking their only escape route. With the eyes of the world’s media turned towards South America, The 33 tells the story of the men who survived for more than two months on minimal supplies and the rescue efforts to extract them from their dire situation.
The undisputed king of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, plays a double role in this upcoming thriller. One is a widely adored superstar (not unlike himself) and the other is a die-hard fan that will stop at virtually nothing to meet his all-time idol. Information is being leaked slowly, but fans of King Khan will have to wait until early 2016 to see him in action in this film.