Pacino was just rumor, but you have to admit, the 25mn opening pre-credits was true (Foster butchered it in the editing), as for the YOLT review, it's an open debate... at least, I have arguments, which is better than your insults, which you people send right and left to whomever was disappointed by QOS.
I apologize if my remarks were hostile or offensive, Stamper. It´s just that you really want people to believe that the imdb-review was not fake but written after having seen the so-called original version of QOS.
In an open debate I expect solid arguments. You only base yours on your hate for the finished film and a review that has proven to be wrong, again and again.
Now you even state that Forster butchered a 25 minute opening.
Let´s be reasonable. The first cut always is the director´s cut.
If it really were true that the imdb-review had been accurate, then you should at least argue that Forster had to cut his 25 minute opening chase, on the producer´s or the studio´s behalf after the alleged imdb-review-screening.
But maybe you can see how ridiculous this is: from a complicated and expensive chase sequence on location for which enough material has been filmed only one fifth will be used in the final film?
Hard to believe that EON would want SONY to shell out the money only to say later on: Sorry, guys, we only need five minutes of it. That´s not what a quality producer like EON works like.
The only explanation why the chase sequence originally could have been longer would be this: After the stunt accidents EON decided (for economical reasons) not to return to it and to ask Forster to cut the sequence from the limited material that they already had.
Aside from anything else, the chase is a consistent piece of action - shot follows shot, event follows event, the geography all ties together. All vehicles introduced at the start of the chase are accounted for by the end, every turn taken is seen coming and taken. There's no glaring gap where, say, another 15 minutes of driving around introducing, evading and destroying cars/helicopters/henchmen would fit in.
Aside from anything else these things are planned for continuity - and you only need to look at the specific damage to the lead vehicle (and its many doubles) to see that every important bit of damage is accounted for. Which means that in this mythical 15 minutes ABSOLUTELY NOTHING happened of any significance whatsoever.
Not likely, is it?