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Quantum of Solace: Just an Action Flick

Where Casino Royale was bright, shiny and breathtaking, Quantum of Solace is cold, steely, and flat. Don't get me wrong — the explosions, gun play, and dry quips are all present and accounted for. But where there might've been a compelling narrative there's just a string of action sequences and chase scenes, interrupted by the occasional heart-to- cold, mistrusting spy heart. It's not bad, it's just that it seems like there's no real pulse beating behind Bond's deadly calm veneer.

Daniel Craig reprises his role as superspy James Bond, who is still consumed by anger at having been betrayed by Vesper Lynd, the woman he loved. Still, he wishes to take revenge on the company that blackmailed Vesper and in his search, he and M (Judi Dench) uncover the plans of Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), the shady leader of an environmentalist company, to take control of Bolivia's water supply from the equally shady General Medrano (Joaquín Cosio). In the midst of all this, Bond meets Camille (Olga Kurylenko), who has her own vengeful plan in mind for General Medrano. Camille and Bond then become partners in crime (literally) in their efforts to take down Dominic and Medrano. For some more of my take on all this,


One of the things I like best about this movie is that the "Bond Girl" (Camille) isn't just there to sexily wield a gun and sleep with Bond. In fact, she has her own past and her own agenda — and it never includes sleeping with Bond. It’s rather refreshing, really, and hers is the story that intrigued me the most, by far. While it’s fun to see Bond kick some butt and continuously lock and load, it might have been fun to have had some more mystery in this story of our "international man of mystery," so to speak. There is, however, plenty of the "international": we leap and soar and zoom from country to country (each with its own font, a quirky touch), with little breathing room in between each location's requisite fight scene.

In general, it would have been cool to have had some more scheming and more outwitting the opposition, and maybe less of a blindly rage-filled Bond just blowing away everyone and everything in his path. While that might have been the intention — to show how much Vesper’s death has messed with our hero and left him colder and crueler — it’s not altogether satisfying to watch for two hours. It is still a treat to see Daniel Craig onscreen, and the intense action scenes are sure to please many moviegoers, but expecting more than that may leave one disappointed.

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Zephyre Zephyre 8 years
Daniel Craig never was and never will be James Bond.
nancita nancita 8 years
Thanks for the review. I appreciate the warning of sorts. I still want to see it but now I know not to expect another Casino Royale. here's hoping the next installment comes with a bit more intrigue.
thelorax thelorax 8 years
I think I loved it even more because I work in the environmental field and I see the real life shady operations that get "greenwashed", packaged with a pretty green bow & sold to the public with a catchy I LOVED that the villain was a fake environmentalist. I definitely agree that the characters, including Bond, were colder and drier but overall the movie is worth seeing.
austerity austerity 8 years
I liked this movie a lot, and I think they managed to successfully keep with the Daniel Craig trend of more story depth and exploration of characters, AS WELL AS some typical light-hearted Bond-humor (something which Casino Royale lacked). Last but not least, Olga Kurylenko is someone to watch out for. Her acting and expressions were very seasoned and realistic. Wish they had made the introduction credits more special though (most Bond films have very artistic intro credits), this was really amazing in Casino Royale (the way the casino cards flipped out and showed the credits).
pandacn pandacn 8 years
Judi Dench was SO great in this movie!! I did like the atypical Bond girl as well. I heard that she might be back in the future, so that'll be fun. And I thought Bond's attitude and outlook was fitting considering what happened in Casino Royale. Even though it was less wit and more brute, I guess that's what betrayal by a loved one does to you. It was fun and what I expected from a Bond movie.
Tennant_Love Tennant_Love 8 years
I really enjoyed it, I hadn't seen Casino Royale but thought I'd give this a shot 'cos I did like a few of the old Bond films. I loved this, after watching Casino Royale later that day I admit this is not as good but Daniel is an amazing Bond & Judi Dench is hilarious as M. There was enough action to keep me glued to the screen. Definitely worth seeing, Bond fan or not!
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 8 years
I saw it tonight and while I agree it wasn't up to the level of Casino Royale...I didn't think it possibly could be, so I think going in with only mediocre expectations meant I enjoyed it way more then I thought I would! Watching Daniel Craig and Judi Dench is well worth the price of admission...can't wait for the next one!
Grantz Grantz 8 years
The direction shifted from character study of the new Bond, with intense action as a backdrop. To, a thrill ride with the explosive 007 on a mission. Not special like Casino Royale was, but I thought this installment was still a good action film. If there were half stars here, I would have given it 3.5 stars out of 5. Cheers~ Grantz
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well - i'm sure that a lot of people are going to go out and see it, so i have complete faith that regardless of how it is - it'll be a box office success.
figurine figurine 8 years
You don't mention anything about the relationship between Bond and M being somewhat 'explored' in Quantum of Solace; I found that quite endearing. :) There's just too much I don't like about this movie so I won't even bother, but I'll say that Daniel Craig is perfect as Bond. Hopefully he'll get better material to work with next time.
Anadi Anadi 8 years
I liked Casino Royale way better too. I don't know but something about the depressed Bond throughout the entire film was just that, depressing.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
I just got back from seeing the film, and I completely agree with your review. The gratuitious topless shot of Daniel Craig was totally worth the price of admission however.
nikecold nikecold 8 years
I loved it, actually got to watch it last week and found it entertaining. But I haven't seen Casino Royale so I can't compare, it wasn't a brilliant piece of art or a fabulous movie, it was just a James Bond movie, plain and simple. That being said it serves it purpose.
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