Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace

(2008)

In Casino Royale, poor James was betrayed by Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), the woman he loved. Taking off immediately after that film concluded, Quantum of Solace sees Bond hunt down the shadowy organization he holds responsible for Lynd's death despite orders not to from M (Dench). He soon traces a link to Dominic Greene (Amalric), a ruthless international businessman conspiring to take control of Bolivia's water supply. 007 teams with Camille (Kurylenko) - who has her own agenda of vengeance - on a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America.... More

This, the 22nd Bond film, takes its name from a short story by Bond creator Ian Fleming. Director this time is Marc Forster, an intriguing choice given that his previous filmmaking repertoire consists of dramas The Kite Runner and Finding Neverland.Hide

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I hate to be a spoilsport - I was looking forward to this, after all - but the direct follow up to Casino Royale fails to capture what was satisfying about the franchise reboot. The action scenes lack clear choreography, the storyline is thin to the point of non-existent, the girls have nothing on Eva Green, and the villain is lame. Whereas Royale was one of the best Bond films, Quantum of Solace will go down as one of the more forgettable.... More

The story begins almost immediately after Royale concluded, following Bond as he searches alone for answers about the death of his murdered lover, Vesper Lynd. By the end of the movie, neither he nor the audience are much wiser about what's going on. It's all just some noisy, barely interesting stuff about bad guys in league with governments taking over corrupt countries and controlling natural resources (Try summing up this film to a friend - I bet you'll have trouble).

Much has been made of the new Bond going back to basics. But in deciding to ditch the fantasy and go more realistic, the filmmakers have found a weird in-the-middle territory. Despite a promise to remove all the silly gadgets, the computer displays at MI6 are not too dissimilar from the 2054 A.D. readouts in Minority Report. And Bond's leap out of an aeroplane without a parachute is pure fantasy (not only because the CGI looks completely fake).

The huge saving grace is Daniel Craig. He's a great James Bond - much-praised on his first outing, but confirmed here as a great choice. At times he has a frightening look of brutality in his eyes. He's dangerous, and a magnetic presence because of it.

Thankfully, the relentless pace keeps the film moving along, and the credits are rolling well before the two-hour mark. To be fair, Quantum has a few good bits in it. But as a Bond film, and following Casino Royale, it's definitely a let down.Hide


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James Bond movies used to be done in a style of class and tounge in the cheek sort of style. All with fast cars and laughable and enjoyable plots.
Now with this movie it has become more of a drama. Sure it still has car chases and lots of action but add drama an it comes off as a bit off a mess.

Revenge is what drives James Bond in this movie and revenge drama is mixed
with all the action while still trying to make the movie an enjoyable action flick. I guess i tuned in for an earlier typpe... More of Bond or like the previous movie wich i thoroughly liked.

I came in with wrong expectations as this is a different take of Bond but maybe not a good one.Hide


The action scenes were extremely badly directed with the scene flicking all over. Get back Tamihore the Kiwi who directed Casino Royale which was as brilliant as QoS was poor. I have seen all the bond movies and this is clearly the worst by far, possibly has ruined the James Bond religion.


worst bond ever no Wow about it at all


very good best movie ever


A dissapointing Bond addition that could have promised so much more.


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  • Quantum will do. It hasn't got the wit or panache of Casino, and there's nothing here that compares to that film's fuel-tanker-on-the-runway set piece, but this is still a solid and entertaining entry to the canon. Full Review

  • As with "The Dark Knight," the only real caveat is that while it's exciting and imaginative, it's not exactly anyone's idea of fun. To keep in the game, perhaps the next movie could let the hero enjoy himself a bit more. Full Review

  • Quantum of Solace may be explosive with images of fiery infernos, but it's convoluted and confusing, the plot playing second fiddle to its set pieces. Full Review

  • The new picture allows hardly any flourishes of style and character in the 007 tradition, but moviegoers seeking an adrenaline rush will be well pleased. Full Review

  • The violence in his (Craig's) first outing, "Casino Royale," was notably intense, and while Quantum of Solace is not quite as brutal, the mood is if anything even more grim and downcast. Full Review

  • Quantum, thanks to a deft blend of exotic escapism and bare-bones modernism, is more than strong enough to be judged on its own. In fact, it's the perfect Bond film. Full Review

  • Call me old fashioned but I'd still like to see a return to the essential Bondness of old, without losing its relevance or its edge - a little more of 007's trademark levity and mischief would not go amiss. Full Review

  • Stripped of "Royale's" humor, elegance and reinvented old-school stylishness, Quantum has little left except its plot, which is rudimentary and slightly barmy, in the line of the Roger Moore pics of the '70s and '80s. Full Review

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