Quantum of Solace
Directed by: Marc Forster
Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Judi Dench, Mathieu Amalric, Jeffrey Wright
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Plot: James Bond (Daniel Craig) picks up right where he left off … kicking arse. Still seeking revenge for the death of his true love Vesper (who betrayed him), Bond encounters Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), an environmentalist who has sinister motives.
Who’s It For? Action fans will flock. No romance this time … and if all you care about is gadgets and villains … take a deep breath, you aren’t getting your fill here.
Movie: How can we care? Heavy on action, but still light on what made the Bond films truly tick. There are no memorable gadgets, no super villains and just a bunch of nameless henchmen for Bond to beat up. It’s a better action movie than most, but it’s a poor man’s Bourne. Craig wears the numbers, yet shows his current disinterest as to what eventually makes our 007 shaken, not stirred. If George Lucas was in charge it would simply have been called James Bond: Revenge of an Agent.
Movie Score: 6/10
Music Video “Another Way to Die”: I’m the only one who loves this song? Right? Well then, you might not actually think this video is much of an extra.
Bond on Location: It’s 28 minutes of crews on different sets around the world. Daniel Craig shows up for a little bit, but that’s the most we get of him.
Crew File: If I was the parent of someone who worked on this film, I would be SO happy. The crew file gives you a two to three minute look at sfx supervisors, second unit ADs, stuntman, all those names in the credits that we rarely pay attention to. Heck, even if you’re curious about working in films, this could be a way to find your career path.
Start of Shooting
Olga Kurylenko and the Boat Chase
Director Marc Forster
Extras Score: 5/10
It’s Bond, hell bent on revenge, and denying it every step of the way. Every conversation with M. has him explaining it’s not personal, and her never believing. And a plot twist revolving around sink holes … there’s a metaphor in there somewhere, I’m sure. Thanks to some beautiful action sequences, Craig’s insanely ice blue eyes and Jack White this film goes a hint beyond average. With all that said, I can’t wait for the next, because it appears they have finally shed the revenge and we can see what else our Blond Bond can do with the famous role. But I see no reason to own this film. Rent it to keep up with the series.
Final Score: 6/10