this movie is going to give people mini fever, that oh-so-retro compact european car that's starting to make a splash here in the US. i had thoughts of wanting one many months ago, but now that the mini will be getting a lot of publicity by being the getaway vehicle in the requisite action movie car chase, i think too many people will be buying minis, which will make it not so cool anymore. anyway, if you're a mini fan, you'll like this movie.
casting decisions: julia stiles as nicolette, the parisian spy operator. what the hell is she doing in this movie, and in such an insignificant role? is she a medium star? save the last dance, 10 things i hate about you. her talents seem wasted in this movie. everytime she was on the screen i thought to maybe, "hey, that's julie stiles!" i found her appearance in the movie as a distraction. i wonder why she was even cast in the role. then there's adewale akinnuoye-agbaje as nykwana wombosi (what a mouthful!), assassination target. better known for his role as adebisi, resident oz penitentiary bigwig. i almost expected him to be selling tits the first time he was on the screen.
i had said that the second half of the movie was so-so. without giving anything away, i thought the ending wasn't spectacular enough, it just sort of happpened. and then after the ending, there's another ending, the special hollywood style conclusion where the guy gets the girl and everyone lives happily ever after. i like those endings, don't get me wrong, but i don't know, seems so formulaic. i like happy endings (as a matter of fact, i almost demand happy endings in my movies, i don't go see movies to feel all depressed and sad), but there's got to be a better way of doing one that doesn't seem so contrived. i don't have the solution, so i won't complain too much about it, just letting you know its there.
definitely see this film if you're into espionage and cloak and daggery. out of the three major films that were released this weekend - scooby-doo, windtalkers, the bourne identity - i think the bourne identity is the best out of those three (i make this claim without having seen those other two movies though). it's an exciting film, and although i found the ending to be weak, the ride to the conclusion wasn't so bad.