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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…
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…
So, the journey ends here. Well, for now. The 22nd of 22 Bond films to date until Sam Mendes chips in with his contribution to the series later this year. He must be pretty pleased that some of the pressure is off knowing that he is following up this dull effort from the normally reliable Marc Foster.
It all starts off very promisingly with a breathtaking first half an hour, and with the intriguing premise of carrying on with the story from Casino Royale. But then, very quickly, it completely loses its way and becomes a very dull story about a group trying to gain control of the water supplies of Bolivia or something.
I don't know, I suppose when…
It's been a fun ride, but my journey to watch every single 007 film has ended now that I've rewatched the twenty-second Bond film, Quantum of Solace.
Unlike other Bond films, this is a direct sequel to Casino Royale. In fact the only other direct sequels in the Bond franchises are From Russia With Love and Diamonds Are Forever (a slight sequel though). This film's predecessor, Casino Royale, was an outstanding return to form for the franchise and in my opinion the very best Bond film. It left plenty questions wide open for a bigger story and left me wanting more. Unfortunately, we got more in Quantum of Solace and it's disappointing to say the least.
While Quantum of Solace…
I went into this, the only Bond film I hadn't seen, with exceedingly low expectations. Given the bad reviews and the lacklustre response from friends who do like the Bond franchise (I'm fairly ambivalent) I was led to believe this was one of the worst.
Instead it's one of my favourites.
Now, I don't disagree that there are some problems, and Forster's action sequences could use a little more clarity, however this is a punchy, pacy bit of work. If Craig is going to play Bond as a thug, he may as well go all the way, and I found him refreshingly mean-spirited in this adventure. It belts along, where, let's be honest, a lot of Bond films get mired…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Part of my ongoing quest to randomly draw and watch all 23 James Bond canon films leading up to the release of 'Spectre'.
Entry #14 'Quantum of Solace':
Cold Open – I love how the film dives right in., picking up immediately from where its predecessor ends (which you don’t necessarily realize until the end of the sequence). The car chase is absolutely vicious as well. (4/5 missing car doors)
Titles – I don’t hate the song but it certainly isn’t memorable. Titles are interesting but unspectacular. A big shift from the great opening of the film. (2/5 deserted ladies)
Primary Villain – Dominic Greene is really boring, not showing any menace until the third act. He has no real…
One of the rare James Bond movies where this is actually a true and direct sequel to the Bond film that preceded it. Expect more or less the same thing that has happened in the previous film but is less exciting. Daniel Craig as Bond and Judi Dench as M were great as always.
Finally knocked off the only Craig Bond I hadn't seen (now down to one Moore left to complete all of Bond - A View to a Kill). It's not as bad as everyone says it is. :) Really, I thought the plotting was quite good and interesting, especially how Bond keeps getting himself embroiled in situations where he has no idea what's going on, just because he's following a lead related to something else. Olga Kurylenko is always enjoyable to watch, too.
My one quibble is that the action scenes aren't very well directed - the idea for most of the set-pieces is good, and usually one moment or two that's pretty awesome, but for the most part, they're shot…
Wow, this was an improvement from Casino Royal which was mostly flat while this had depth to it. Great action, pretty good story and pretty good acting. You can tell Daniel Craig grew into the role of James Bond with this film.
I saw this in the theater. Not terrible but disappointing after the bar being set rather high with Casino Royale. I felt that some sequences with the villain were a bit silly.
From scene to scene it's hard to know why Quantum of Solace isn't thought of much more highly.
One possible reason is that, like Casino Royale, it has a slightly odd structure. But in this case it's the first act that breaks with convention. Having the story start in the middle of an action scene (which leads on directly from the end of it's predecessor) wrong-foots the audience immediately and I'm not sure we fully recover. For action to mean anything we need to understand the context, motivations and subtle relationships. All of these will have been forgotten by most of the audience. Even if we remember, the mood has left us. As a result we're left one step behind.…
Althougt I like Daniel Craig as a Bond, the movie wasn't that great. The edition and cutting of the movie was done in jump cuts that make it very difficult to understand what's happening.
Although it made a whole lot more of sense than the first time for me, second watch was duller. And where's the "Bond, James Bond" quote? The character remodelling which worked perfectly in the previous movie (QoS is a direct sequel to CR) pales in comparison, in every sense. From the uninspiring theme song to the annoyingly quick editing. Disapointting.
Mr. Craig's physicality in action sequences remains very eloquent though.
Most of these aren't NEARLY as bad as everyone makes them out to be on here. And I don't particularly…
This year being the 50th Anniversary of James Bond I'm going to rewatch all 24 Bond Films in November and…