Perry (played by Ewan McGregor) is a teacher on holiday in Marrakech with his barrister wife Gail (Naomie Harris). They are dining in a restaurant opposite a boisterous group of Russians, and when Gail has to head off early to take a work call he is invited over for a drink by one of the Russians – Dima (Stellan Skarsgard). The Russians are pretty evidently mafiosa, but despite this Perry heads off to a party with them after the restaurant, and agrees to play tennis with his new-found friend Dima the next day, and a further party that night…
The James Bond franchise is now 53 years old and is in its 24th movie and sixth actor. With such a weight of history it is hard for the film makers to be too bold: they have a rigid set of expectations to meet and a $300 million budget to recoup.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays Billy Hope, a boxer raised in an orphanage in Hell’s Kitchen where he met his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams). The movie starts when Billy is on top of the world as reigning boxing champion living a lavish lifestyle.
Maureen has always been the loving and sensible one, making the decisions for the family. She is starting to get worried that the boxing is beginning to get Billy punch-drunk and wants him to slow down before he becomes a permanently dribbling mess.