Friday, November 14, 2008

Quantum of Solace

So I hit up the midnight showing of Quantum of Solace this morning.

I'll say this, It wasn't bad. It just wasn't what I wanted. I shall explain.

Casino Royale was my personal favorite 007 film. It had a rich plot, enough action to keep me happy, a more than passable love story (which for a Bond movie is remarkable) and was filmed really interestingly. At the end of Casino Royale, the viewer was just as confused and saddened as Bond was. So, when the idea of a movie purely about avenging the loss (of possibly the hottest bond girl ever), I was more than enthused. However, I feel as though the movie failed to deliver on most of the promised themes.

When the movie started, the finger was clearly pointed as Vesper's boyfriend, who was more or less the reason she had to join Quantum and betray Bond. However, as the movie continues, you start to feel less like hes committing acts of vengeance and more like Bond is just tired of interrogating people, and is in more of a killing mood. And (SPOILER ALERT) the only person in this movie he captures whom he doesn't kill, is the very man who caused all his pain. (SPOILERS DONE) So I guess that left me scratching my head.

Also, the other idea of the movie was that this organization, Quantum, was global and had "people everywhere." This was made evident at one or two points in the film, however eventually the idea of a global organization dwindled down to a literal corporation that had some sinister motives. As Bond chased after one man, you couldn't help but wonder how weak Quantum was that without this man, it would fall to pieces (not to mention that the Mr. White seen at the end of Casino Royale had next to no relevance to the organization itself)

However, the movie did have its redeeming qualities. The action scenes were adrenaline filled and full of variety. This was by far the best action I've seen in a bond movie in a long time. Also, Camile, Bond's latest hot lady, was played nicely by Olga Kurylenko. Craig also once again proves himself to be worth of the 007 name as the first Bond fully capable of ripping out your kidney with his bear (yes, BEAR) hands, and then blugeoning you to death with it. However Craig also shows that he can play the emotional role decently too.

Long story short, I would say that this movie aimed for a Bourne-ish flare with all the action, but didn't have the amount of plot needed to pull of the rage, sorrow, and vengeance filled sequal that we'd all been so patiently waiting for. Still worth the money though.

I'd give it a 6.5/10.

And I give the opening song an 11.

1 comment:

  1. Quantum of Solace was entertaining at least... a fantastic job with the styling and picture quality, but the movie as a whole could stand to lose six or seven fewer chase scenes