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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…
"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…
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?…
"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…
They say you're judged by the strength of your enemies.
With Casino Royale being a huge hit, Sony Entertainment decided they wanted a sequel in theaters 18 months later. Sony you say? Yes, they're the major shareholders of MGM now and apparently calling the shots when it comes to James Bond. Michael G. Wilson, who is Cubby Broccoli's step-son and now co-producer of the Bond Films along with Barbara Broccoli (Cubby's daughter), said that while Casino Royale focused on terrorism the sequel would focus on environmentalism. What's more exciting then environmentalism for a spy film? Watching paint dry perhaps? With no director…
Not a bad movie, but disappointing coming off the greatness that is Casino Royale
Well, that was a Movie
Quantum of Solace is roughly 40 minutes shorter than Casino Royale but it felt longer than that.
The pacing of the movie is certainly an issue when combined with an ambiguous plot that leaves plenty of dangling threads. Rather than take a few quiet moments to let viewers process the information, the film rushes them to the next big scene. On top of that, the film assumes Casino Royale is fresh on your mind because it picks up almost immediately after that film and retains characters and story beats.
Craig gives a decent performance. Outside of that, we have a large cast with characters that don't leave strong impressions. The antagonist is a step down from the previous film. The…
"There is something horribly efficient about you."
Marc Forster's divisive entry in the James Bond canon has only gotten better with age. If you'd asked me yesterday, I'd have called the film a black mark on the series, full of incoherent editing and a lightweight script hindered by the Writers Strike of 2007/8. After revisiting it for the first time in years, however, I found a brisk, brutal actioner packed with pulse-pounding, often poetic setpieces and an intimate emotional throughline.
After the betrayal and loss of his one true love Vesper, James Bond is a broken man, driven only by his dogged pursuit of vengeance. "Forgive her...forgive yourself," implores Bond's old ally Mathis before succumbing to a gunshot wound. 007…
I can't get over how boring everything after the first 30 minutes is
Reasons to watch this film:
The fight with ropes and glass.
The meeting at Tosca.
The plot is basically a more confusing version of "Chinatown" without the noir and incest.
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