Tomorrow Never Dies

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

The glamourous world of high-tech espionage explodes onto the big screen as James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) once again outwits a maniacal mega-powerful villain. This time Bond's evil adversary is billionaire Elliott Carver (Jonathan Pryce), bent on controlling the world through his 24-hour news media satellite. By manipulating international disasters, Carver's network of TV, radio, newspapers and magazines reports tomorrow's news today. For starters, he orchestrates the sinking of a British destroyer off the coast of China, making it look like Chinese fighter planes launched a missile attack. Agent Bond, with the help of an amazing BMW equipped with jets emitting tear gas and rack of rockets concealed in its sunroof, chases and is chased by Carver and his thugs all over the world. He also teams up with mysterious Wai Lin, a Chinese martial arts expert, played by China's female Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh. Non-stop action, death defying leaps from buildings, massive explosions and an amazing array of computerized gadgets will delight Bond fans in his 18th big screen extravaganza.

Glamorized, excessive violence dominates the film even though there is little blood or gore shown as many are killed and injured in various ways. Action films filled with massive destruction, killings, and torture appeal to impressionable young people who may surmise that problems are solved with violence. The endless, frequent explosions and killings de-sensitize viewers to violence, which can be harmful. As always, Bond performs fearless deeds that would kill ordinary people, but he survives without a scratch. Bond also continues his image as an infamous womanizer. One particularly graphic sex scene is with a married woman who is barely covered by a sheet as the two make love. Another time with another married woman Bond passionately kisses her, then removes her dress as the two fall into bed. Several sexually suggestive remarks and double entendres spice the dialogue, referring to Bond's sexual prowess. Thankfully, however, offensive language is held to a minimum, with one regular profanity, no f-words or s-words, but one other obscenity. Using violence to entertain and making jokes about promiscuous behavior are poor substitutes for wholesome entertainment.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Metro Goldwyn Mayer, 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90025

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Twice--Mild

Obscene Language: Once (slang for male genitals; no f- or s-words)

Profanity: Once--Regular (C)

Violence: Continual --Severe and Moderate (machine gun killings, explosions, kicks to head and stomach, beatings, falls from great heights, car crashes, jumps through windows, plane crashes, missile attacks)

Sex: Once (couple in bed, woman nearly nude; implied once as couple fall into bed)

Nudity: Near nudity few times (women in low cut dresses, woman wrapped in sheet in sex scene, woman in underwear)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Several times (double entendres, references to sex)

Drugs: Few times (Vodka drinking, some social drinking)

Other: None

Running Time: 94 minutes
Intended Audience: Teenagers and James Bond fans

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