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Quantum of Solace
For love, for hate, for justice, for revenge.
Quantum of Solace continues the adventures of James Bond after Casino Royale. Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M interrogate Mr. White, who reveals that the organization that blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.
It's actually funny how the rebooted series that began on such an astonishingly high note comes crashing down all the way in this second chapter as Quantum of Solace fails to accomplish everything a sequel is usually supposed to and is a massive downgrade in comparison to its predecessor with only compensation coming from Daniel Craig's brilliant performance as James Bond.
Serving as a direct sequel to Casino Royale & picking up the story right where it was left off in the last chapter, Quantum of Solace continues Bond's quest for revenge against those responsible for Vesper's death & is assisted by another agent looking for retribution against the people who killed her family but their trail eventually leads them to a…
There is something horribly efficient about you.
Where to begin with the many problems that plague Quantum of Solace? How about Dominic Greene? Keeping up with the colored named villains theme, this film has the worst Bond villain ever conceived, fueled by the dumbest motivation. It doesn't help matters that this villain was a complete wuss, which makes him unbefitting of a Bond villain. I get that modern villains don't need monocles and white furry cats to appear threatening (and Skyfall overcomes this hurdle quite well), but the least the writers could have done was make this villain more convincing. Something about Mathieu Amalric just seemed way too off to make his character any good. Was it his appearance?…
"If you could avoid killing every possible lead, it would be deeply appreciated."
Marc Forster clearly knows how to turn potentially great stories into bland and lackluster movies, first he destroyed Khaled Hosseini’s wonderful and powerful Kite Runner and only one year later this one. Some say not having a finished script led to such a disastrous Bond film and they may be right because this doesn’t seem to be the work of the same writers who created the fascinating Casino Royale.
I don’t know what does this supposed to be, is it a part of James Bond franchise? Then why its central character is so different from what we used to see in the past? It is a reboot…
The Journey to Skyfall ends with the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace!
And we're back to square one.
When talking about the issues with Quantum of Solace, many people like to say that this film isn't very Bondlike, and that it's more Jason Bourne. I can't help but disagree. The thing keeping Quantum of Solace from reaching the heights of greatness is that it's too much like a Bond film, just with the Craig grit attached.
What do I mean by that? Well... this film has too much damn action scenes. That wouldn't normally be a complaint, but for a film that relies itself on being an emotional epilogue to Casino Royale's story, it doesn't give us time…
Really sloppily edited. Ruins the whole film.
Olga Kurylenko is really poor, no chemistry, flat dialogue, blotchy tan.
Bad guy is crappest Bond villain yet. Worthless. Preachy script doesn't help.
Action is inventive but editing doesn't work in its favour. Loses a lot.
Can see why no one likes this one. More forgettable than regular Bond films.
"They say you're judged by the strength of your enemies."
Ironic quote considering the film has one of the most forgettable enemies of the series.
Quantum of Solace seems to exist because we had to immediately ditch everything that made Casino Royale great or we wouldn't have been able to move forward. It takes Bond away from the essential character development that immediately felt so inextricable from this franchise and its central hero to something completely inessential and what amounts to little more than a faceless, generic, bland action movie. The obligatory signifiers of Bond are here, but there's not enough espionage to make it a Connery Bond and there's not enough comedy to make it a Moore/Brosnan Bond. In…
A phantasmagoria of pointless, inexplicable violence and action. One choppy set piece after another with no comprehensible plot seeking to hold it together. Bond as a uniformly cold blooded, heartless killer. I hearted it.
The best of the Daniel Craig outings to date? Who cares? Puts a whole herd of sheep into BAAAAAAAAD.
Quantum of Solace looks great (except when everything is made of CGI) and features a mostly-strong female character in the form of Olga Kurylenko's Camille Montes (until she inexplicably becomes a damsel in distress in the final moments), but there's no way those brief highlights can make up for the needlessly convoluted plot and another weak villain in Mathieu Amalric's Mr. Greene. It's crazy that two great actors like Amalric and Mads Mikkelsen can portray such flaccid bond villains - a real disappointment.
Daniel Craig returns after Royale to prove that though he can be the best secret agent in business, it doesn't matter sh*t when the director's style is a bad mix between David Lynch and Paul Greengrass.
Avanti nei tempi e indigesto ai più nel suo presentarsi come netto secondo episodio di un "telefilm cinematografico" quando ancora i Marvel Studios non avevano sdoganato la cosa, penalizzato da un montaggio forse troppo frenetico e da una storia davvero esilissima, rimane un Bond coerente con la rilettura di Casino Royale e dalle sequenze action strepitose. Sono tutte una più bella dell'altra, la sequenza prima del titolo è fantastica e la parte all'Opera è una fra le scene action più belle, complesse e ambiziose della storia di Bond. E poi la coppia di Bond Girl Olga/Gemma teme pochissimi confronti.
It goes down smoother watched directly after Casino Royale as it is a direct continuation, but then story isn't really this film's problem. Maybe if it wasn't filmed by someone who disdained the franchise and was more interested in making a Bourne film, or maybe if it wasn't edited by what I have to assume was a ferret on crack, the action wouldn't be so incomprehensible and this might be a halfway decent entry. Craig is still great though, doing what he can with emotional beats that just don't land relying as they do almost entirely on the previous film.
Very spectacular movie and Daniel Craig is more than ok, so four and a halve stars!
Overall... I had a good time watching this. The action was actually very well done for the situations presented. I didnt like the few characters that seemed to be placed into the movie for comedic/little value. Could also use more cool bond moments.
Side note: I hated the music in Casino Royale, but this one really stepped it up! Didnt even change who did the music he mustve just gotten a better feel this time around.
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