Quantum of Solace Movie Reviews

Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace

Release Date: Nov 14, 2008

Genre: Action/AdventureDrama

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 4
    For many years now I have been a avid fan of James Bond movies.I eagerly awaited this movie. Fortunately for me I caught Casino Royal on Tv the night before I saw the movie. It refreshed my memory of the faces that appeared in Quantum.I thought the movie was good. Daniel Craig was wonderful as Bond. I was eagerly awaiting for Q (of course his replacent) to appear with some cool gadgets. I was disappoint there wasn;t any. I also believe if you didn't see the Casino Royal you would probably not fully understand or enjoy the movie. Like I said I did enjoy it but I didn't think it was the best story. Now I eagerly await the next movie to get back to the old and sexy James Bond with great one-liners.
  • 3
    You know what I miss? SPECTRE. Those were the days when a supervillain organization was a supervillain organization. Blofeld, Goldfinger, even Zorin from the otherwise forgettable A View To A Kill—they were all Bond-worthy bad guys. Quantum of Solace has a couple of okay performances from Mathieu Amalric as phony environmentalist Dominic Greene, and Joaquin Cosio as General Medrano, but there’s nothing “super” about either of these villains. Also (mild spoiler warning), the secret organization that is hinted out throughout the film (and partially explains the movie’s ridiculous title) is more blandly corrupt than evil.

    Also, why is Judi Dench as M all over the place in this film? She’s following Bond all over the world—she even waits out in the snow for him in Russia? I know they call her “mum,” but this is ridiculous! The head of British intelligence doesn’t have to run around doting on secret agents. Dench brought some regal authority to the role, and she doesn’t make sense here as Bond’s “buddy” character.

    Director Marc Forster might seem an odd choice, as his previous films include The Kite Runner, Stranger Than Fiction and Finding Neverland. But most of the action scenes are better here than in Casino Royale (except for the opening) , and the pace is far superior—with Quantum clocking in at more than a half-hour shorter than its predecessor, it doesn’t have that same “get me out of here already” drag feeling that set in during Casino Royale.

    It’s also nice to see that Quantum of Solace was made as a “real” sequel to Casino Royale—the action picks up right where the last one left off. And the story, while not exactly breaking ground, is pretty solid. Clearly it doesn’t hurt to get Oscar-winner Paul Haggis to help write your screenplay.
  • 3
    Better than most Bond movies and definitely a lot of fun but not nearly as good as Casino Royale. I still love Daniel Craig as Bond and he really makes this movie. A step backwards for the franchise from the last movie but not all is lost. I'll likely keep going to these as long as Craig remains in the role.
  • 3
    The problem with Quantum of Solace is that they’ve made James Bond into a cross between Jason Bourne and the Terminator. He takes on his most exciting mission in years, but he’s basically just a killing machine for most of the film. One of the characters tells him “there’s something horribly efficient about you,” and she’s all too correct. Since when could you set your watch to James Bond?

    To be fair, part of the singlemindedness Daniel Craig brings to his portrayal of Bond in Quantum of Solace is meant to show his lust for revenge—this time, as they say, it’s personal. But it’s hard to care too much until later in the film, when Craig lets Bond open up a little and we start to see why it matters. Too many films rely on plot shorthand -- “well, he’s mad because he was double-crossed”—without making us invest in the character. Not that anyone is expecting a character study in a James Bond film, but show us why we should care. That’s what made the first Bourne Identity film so irresistible – Matt Damon gave us an action-hero performance like we hadn’t seen before. Smart, mysterious, but a little vulnerable and in over his head. Ironically, Quantum of Solace copies the Bourne films in style, but it doesn’t seem to grasp this simple, human element that made those movies so great.

    That’s not to say Quantum of Solace is a total loss—it most definitely is not. This is definitely quite a ride. But next time let’s hope time they put a little more fun back into the Bond formula.
  • 3
    I have to applaud the Bond producers for taking the Daniel Craig movies in a new direction. The unforgettable opening sequence of Casino Royale made their agenda clear: make Bond human again. Gone were the gadgets and the supervehicles—the opening chase was probably the best foot chase ever put on film. The rest of Casino Royale wasn’t nearly as good, but at least it didn’t stray from the concept, and Craig brought a convincing toughness to the film.

    His second Bond outing, Quantum of Solace, is overall a bit better than Casino Royale. The opening sequence is a letdown as it falls back on flashy cars and Bourne Identity-style trick editing. But this time the film builds the way a classic Bond film should—deepening intrigue, better and better action scenes, and an ending that ties it all together and manages a last surprise or two. The climactic scene in a supposedly “environmentally friendly” but definitely very unstable desert fortress is the best Bond topper since Pierce Brosnan’s debut in “Goldeneye.” In fact, all around this is the best Bond outing since that film, which is saying a lot as that was 13 years ago now.

    Craig is still tough—in fact, maybe a little too tough. It’s understandable that he doesn’t want to risk the creeping camp factor that finally did in Brosnan, but Craig barely gets a chance in Quantum of Solace to put his stamp on Bond’s personality—he doesn’t have time to do much but let the plot pull him from one action bit to the next. That’s too bad, because when given the chance, Craig shows a real flair for the charm and deadpan humor that made James Bond an iconic character in the first place.
  • 2
    So Daniel Craig is the new Bond, and he is athletic, tough-minded, and very good at killing the bad guys. But when it comes to finesse, he is on another planet. I like the guy, and hope he has a brilliant career in the movies...but not as 007 in Her Majesty's Service. Ian Fleming would not like this new Bond thing. The invitation to his bedroom was embarrassing for both the Bond Girl, and for Bond. Sean Connery is going to feel very badly for Mr. Craig. "Stiff" is a good way to describe Mr. Craig's technique with the ladies, but not in the context that men would ordinarily consider. Good stunts, lots of action, fantasy pyrotechnics, but the Bad Guys are too obtuse to tie anything together. A few revenge killings to stir the bloodlust, but overall the flick is definitely not of the Bond genre that we politically incorrect males like to watch.
  • 2
    I confess that I am a Brit and have proudly seen all of the James Bond films ever made as well as read most of the original books. I was very disappointed wit this movie. The appalling theme song that started the movie set the tone for a movie that was actually painful to watch until the end. Daniel Craig acts like the school bully and is so stiff and robotic. The story line went all over the place and was veey difficult to follow. Too \"deep\" for my taste I am afraid. Some of the stunds went some small way to redeem redeem the movie but alas most of the old \"Q\" gadgets have now disappeared as well have the good old Bond beauties. Some of the stunts though were just too ridiculously staged and looked exactly like that...staged. I am afraid that I would not have wasted my money going to the movies to watch this film if I had read a review about it first.
  • 3
    Daniel Craig certainly looks like he\'s carrying the weight of the world on his back in this one. The bad guys aren\'t any badder than the good guys. The CIA guy (Jeffrey Wright) consorts with 007\'s enemies, natch. The best stuff is the set piece at a performance of Tosca in Austria, which is not only exciting but has metaphoric implications that connect the classic opera plot to Bond\'s predicament. Too bad the film doesn\'t have the patience to give us more of Mathieu Amalric\'s head villain.
  • 1
    I have been a fan of the James Bond Series for many years, mostly growing up with Pierce Brosnan and Golden Eye. When Daniel Craig hit the scene with Casino Royale, I was impressed with the new direction the series was going. I eagerly anticipated the next installment.

    The movie opened lavishly, out doing many of the openings in a Bond film before it. And with cool style, you see a well cinematographed silhouette of Bond, which you soon find driving a fast car in a tight chase through a beautiful winding tunnel. As I was being zipped away to this far off land where I expected to be enchanted by Bond and his classy sexy babes, keen sense of style and amazing gadgets that never cease to amaze, I found myself not being able to distinguish which figure in the gun fight was bond… Wait, who won? Bond I suspect. Oh yeah, there he is… I guess what I am getting at is: the editing was so fast in this movie, that my pro bike rider reflexes cannot follow what is going on. The movie then moved on to this pattern: gunfight, car chase, party, repeat. When the movie exhausted the possibility of a car chase or a gunfight, it moved on to plane chase, knife fight, victory party. When the victory party was spoiled by Bond in a very predictable way, the conclusion ensues and the movie comes to a whirl wind of an end. I walked out of that movie theater asking myself, what just went on? And no, I haven’t had anything to drink, but with movie ruining editing like that, it sure felt like it.

    I’m sorry to have seen a possibly great movie ruined but such a pre-screening foreseeable flaw.

    P.S. go see an indy film.
  • 2
    I have been a fan of the James Bond Series for many years, mostly growing up with Pierce Brosnan and Golden Eye. When Daniel Craig hit the scene with Casino Royale, I was impressed with the new direction the series was going. I eagerly anticipated the next installment. \n\nThe movie opened lavishly, out doing many of the openings in a Bond film before it. And with cool style, you see a well cinematographed silhouette of Bond, which you soon find driving a fast car in a tight chase through a beautiful winding tunnel. As I was being zipped away to this far off land where I expected to be enchanted by Bond and his classy sexy babes, keen sense of style and amazing gadgets that never cease to amaze, I found myself not being able to distinguish which figure in the gun fight was bond… Wait, who won? Bond I suspect. Oh yeah, there he is… I guess what I’m getting at is: the editing was so fast in this movie, that my pro bike rider reflexes can’t follow what’s going on. The movie then moved on to this pattern: gun fight, car chase, party, repeat. When the movie exhausted the possibility of a car chase or a gun fight, it moved on to plane chase, knife fight, victory party. When the victory party was spoiled by Bond in a very predictable way, the conclusion ensues and the movie comes to a whirl wind of an end. I walked out of that movie theater asking myself, what just went on? And no, I haven’t had anything to drink, but with movie ruining editing like that, it sure felt like it. \n\nI’m sorry to have seen a possibly great movie ruined but such a pre-screening foreseeable flaw. \n\nP.S. go see an indy film.

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