EIGHT months after the name of the 22nd James Bond film was announced, The Sneak was still struggling to remember it.
The limp Quantum Of Solace just wouldn’t stick. Daniel Craig’s second outing as the world’s most famous secret agent is something you won’t forget in a hurry. The actor transformed suave Bond into a gritty killing machine in 2006 hit Casino Royale and here the violence is ramped up to Rambo proportions. More appropriate titles might have been A View To A Killing Spree or Triggerfinger. 🙂
What Quantum of Solace brings to the big screen is nothing more than a rather generic action-packed spy sequel with some snappy dialogues and pretty good acting. Watch it for the hard hitting action sequences but as a Bond fan I’m sorry, I think traditional would have been the way to go. Don’t try to fix that which ain’t broke.
Quantum of Solace, the follow-up to 2006’s all-conquering Casino Royale, begins with a bang. Lots of them, in fact, says Mark Monahan.
In this much darker film, picking up from where Casino Royale left off, 007 finds himself after two people: the man who fatally betrayed Vesper Lynd, the woman he loved; and Dominic Greene (bullfrog-eyed Mathieu Amalric), a big player in the sinister organisation that blackmailed her, now striking a shady deal in some Bolivian desert.
So, if Quantum of Solace lacks Casino Royale’s narrative drive, and is less than the sum of its parts, those parts are often terrific. See it for them, and see it for Craig’s fully-formed Bond: angry, icily unsentimental, and fleetingly borderline psychotic at the close. Rest is your choice.
Critics aren’t expected to review Bond films so much as test-drive them. In that spirit, here’s a quick rundown, on a scale of 0 to 10. Opening credit sequence: 5 — the usual semi-abstract woman’s form, liquid and monumental. The song: 4 — Jack White and Alicia Keys duet on a power-pop number that’s tenacious but not delightful. Chief villain: 6 — Amalric, who normally plays underdogs, hasn’t the stature of a Dr. No or a Salamanca, but he’s got the evil sneer down pat. Bond girl: 9 — Olga Kurylenko is more than OK. Fight scenes: 9 — frenetic, if familiar. And Bond — 7: Craig certainly fills the frame of a modern, wounded action hero; but, just once or twice, could he, and this mostly knuckle-cracking, often crackerjack film, crack a smile?
This movie was actually the most awaited for me. I liked Daniel in Casino Royale. In fact I have seen that movie twice in theaters. It was time we had a muscular bond and Daniel fitted the bill perfectly.
I’m not saying any thing. I have merely compiled the reviews for you. It may not be promising though. But I’m a big fan of action flicks and particularly James Bond. If this movie resembles closely with Bourne Ultimatum, so be it. I like Jason Bourne and I will surely watch the movie, whatever the reviews may be.