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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…
My biggest question with this movie is what I would think of it if all my knowledge of the Bond franchise were erased. Ultimately I had some fun watching it, but without any of the previous movies to do the heavy lifting of characterization and emotional investment this would just be another bland action movie. There are plenty of fights or chases, and if you're a fan of the Bond franchise (or you just want some mindless action) it might be what you're looking for, but all the work has been done already and this does nothing new. Action scenes with characters we already know, but no effort to make it more interesting than that.
There's a running joke in the movie about Bond killing all the potential leads, and I feel like without Skyfall Quantum of Solace may have committed that very crime with the Bond franchise.
Not sure what happened with this one...
Seemed doomed from the start with the "what the hell' title.
Actually, it was not that bad, just felt plain, and derivative of Matt Damon's Bourne. Director Marc Forester, who directed Halle Berry to an Oscar in "Monster's Ball" seemed out of his element here.
Even the action chase scene seemed similar to "Casino Royale's". Overall, the action was solid, just not as exciting as the previous...
As far as the title song goes I can't lie, I don't really know who Jack White is...
I had no idea he was singing with Alicia Keys, who seems more comfortable singing and playing too ballads...
The Bond girls were naturally beautiful, more respected, but…
On a re-watch, I've realised how much of a disappointment Quantum of Solace really is. I know the film suffered a great deal from the politics of the industry, with re-writes, strikes and a chaotic filming structure, which is really reflected in the film itself.
It's a shame that this installment of the franchise is bookended by two very strong films which make QoS look much weaker by comparison. It feels as if the writers looked at the elements which were well received in Casino Royale and tried to copy it verbatim in a check-list style, with no real plot or direction to link the (admittedly impressive) set pieces together.
Whilst it can't be denied that it looks impressive, there is just no substance or charm below the surface of this film which will probably be remembered as Craig's weakest.
Rewatch. Still disappointing. Some good moments but pretty boring overall.
Having learned the ebb and flow of this franchise after 21 films, one unofficial film, and one documentary, I knew we here at “Bo Does Bond” were due for a valley after the dizzying peak that is Casino Royale. There was no way that the follow up to such a raging financial and critical success could keep pace with its predecessor. No way bringing in some artsy fartsy director to take the ball and run with it would work. No way could the film survive the impending writer’s guild strike. Riiiiiight?
Right. Sort of.
Despite popular opinion rallying against it, I quite enjoy Quantum of Solace. It can’t touch Casino Royale with a 10 meter cattle prod (as I stated…
While it can't necessarily be argued that Quantum of Solace is a complete departure from its predecessor, Casino Royale, it fails to duplicate its success. Vastly inferior to the 2006 hit, Quantum of Solace attempts to continue a story thread from Casino Royale, whilst simultaneously move the series in a different direction stylistically. Ultimately at odds with itself, Quantum of Solace abandons the enjoyable qualities of Casino Royale, and descends into middling action entertainment.
The muddy plot makes little sense. The basic storyline revolves around James Bond trying to find information about the mysterious organization dubbed "Quantum." But all other events in the film fail to reach coherency.
The characters aren't interesting, and the story is even less so. The…
An art film masquerading as a Bond flick. The opera shoot out is beautiful and would be enough to make the film work on its own. The villainous scheme is shockingly relevant. Everyone is as sleek, stylish, or disgusting as they can possibly be.
Quantum of Solace war mir schon im Vorfeld als schwächster Craig Bond in Erinnerung und das hat sich beim Rewatch ebenfalls bestätigt.
Die Story, der Villian und der gesamte Aufbau funktioniert leider nur mittelmäßig. Rückblickend kann ich mich auch an kaum eine spannende Szene erinnern, ausser vllt die Flugpassage in der Wüste.
Vermutlich funktioniert Solace nur in direkter Verbindung mit Casino Royale. Leider konnte ich, aus zeitlichen Gründen, nicht beide Filme Back2Back sichten.
That is the worst James Bond theme. By far.
Enjoyable on cheap thrill levels, but in terms of plot, this was a mess.
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This year being the 50th Anniversary of James Bond I'm going to rewatch all 24 Bond Films in November and…