RELEASED 2008 RUNTIME 106 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION MARC FORSTER SCREENPLAY PAUL HAGGIS, NEAL PURVIS, ROBERT WADE STARRING DANIEL CRAIG, OLGA KURYLENKO, MATHIEU AMALRIC, GEMMA ARTERTON, GIANCARLO GIANNINI, JEFFREY WRIGHT, JUDI DENCH MUSIC DAVID ARNOLD
Quantum of Solace is the 2nd movie in Daniel Craig’s rebooted Bond franchise.
Let me say it right if the bat, it’s not nearly as good as Casino Royale. To be fair though, any movie coming off Casino Royale would have been disappointing because Casino Royale was pretty much perfect. But let’s start at the beginning.
So, for anybody who hasn’t watched Casino Royale, this movie ties directly into its predecessor. Bond is out on revenge because of what has happened before and comes across the Quantum organization that’s up for some bad stuff. In a nutshell, the villain called Dominic Greene is trying to screw over Bolivia by stealing their water.
So far the premise sounds ok, but the execution is not as interesting as it could have been. There is a lot of talky political scenes which really don’t do much for me. While Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene is a pretty cool character because he has this really creepy domain about him. But he doesn’t get to do much interesting stuff. He just talks, makes some deals here and there, and that’s basically it. I found him to be a little wasted by the screenplay. However, he gets a cool fight scene at the end and screams like a girl. I like it!
On the other hand the new Bond girl played by Olga Kurylenko is super interesting. She is pretty badass and also has a nice backstory to her which brings out her vulnerability in a few scenes. I find her very layered and, well, super hot!
Daniel Craig is awesome and continues his brutally badass performance we know from Casino Royale. There isn’t as much character development here as we know from Skyfall and Casino Royale, but that’s ok.
The action is again, awesome! However, what really pissed me off a few times is that it’s hard to see what’s going on. Less shaky cam would have worked wonders (it’s not as bad as in the Bourne movies though!).
But the biggest problem about this movie is that nothing really sticks out. It’s a pretty generic action flick and after watching it for the 3rd time I still don’t feel like there was anything memorable about it where I could say, man, that was so cool, except the Bond girl! But with her, I don’t remember any scene that struck me as hard as some of the scenes involving women in Skyfall or Casino Royale or even some of the older Bond movies.
But overall I would still rather have me some Quantum of Solace over 50% of other movies in the Bond franchise (Roger Moore anyone?!).