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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.
Why was this film made...?
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I've been in the minority of fans of Quantum of Solace since I first saw it in 2008. Yes, I find shaky cam tiresome and gimmicky, but it's laughable to suggest that that action sequence aesthetic is somehow exclusively the purview of the Jason Bourne movie series as so many have. Yes, this film fails to reach the emotional depth of Casino Royale.
But there are at least two respects in which Quantum of Solace is a terrific Bond movie (though, admittedly, not a terrific movie outright). One is its pacing. Ian Fleming's Bond novels were all concise, moved at a brisk clip, and were around 200 paperback pages, so they could be devoured fairly quickly even by casual readers,…
Nasty, brutish, and (thank goodness) short.
A entertaining film, which only seems bad because of its Prequel. which was GREAT, but the opening sequence was GREAT!
Fast cutting, shaky camera and excessive action sequences, that paradoxically diminishes eventual tension.
Daniel Craig is good as James Bond and Judi Dench is a good M.
Practically no story development.
This has many trappings of an action-spewing blockbuster.
Much better than I remembered.
And I remember hating it.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'm already known for hating CASINO ROYALE for being dumb, having a completely miscast Bond and being an overall bad movie. But QUANTUM is even worse!
I got no idea what the fuck this piece of shit was about and why anybody did something! Bond wants to avenge the death of the girl from last movie, but then he instead hunts a villain who sells water to a dictator, who this movie's Bondgirl wants to kill, while Felix Leiter gets drunk and M doesn't trust Bond anymore, until he punches a group of her agents unconcious? Huh?
At least CASINO ROYALE had some nice looking action scenes, but the ones here were so confusingly filmed and edited, that I just wanted to poke my eyes out.
The Bond movies are dead to me until the next reboot. I hope they get better writers and a better star.
This movie wasn't bad. Nothing really special but not terrible.
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