Quantum of Solace Reviewed
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures
Quantum of Solace
While the first trailers for Quantum of Solace suggest that this Bond sequel is action-packed, it might just have too much action. I know, sounds crazy...
Quantum of Solace Gets Reviewed
Quantum of Solace reviews coming in! So how does it compare to Casino Royale? Well, it would seem that the extra action does cause the film to hurt in other areas, especially wit. With all the shooting, Bond his little opportunity to be smooth or funny.
A pacy, visually imaginative follow-up to the series relaunch. If it doesn’t even try to be bigger and better than Casino Royale, that’s perhaps a smart move in that there’s still a sense at the finish that Bond’s mission has barely begun and he’ll need a few more movies to work his way up to demolishing the apparently undefeatable Quantum organisation. 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 – The Hildebrand Rarity? Riscio? The Property of a Lady? – could let the hero enjoy himself a bit more.
James Bond is back, and this time it’s mighty personal. Daniel Craig’s craggy agent picks up exactly where he left off in another bruising thriller that leaves you feeling both drained and exhilarated.
There are hand-to-hand fights that make your eyes water and old-school stunts involving motorbikes, speedboats, jet fighters and expensive cars that give you whiplash just looking at them. Really, nobody does it better than the new 007.
I've got to admit that this didn't excite me as much as Casino Royale and the villain is especially underpowered. But Craig personally has the chops, as they say in Hollywood. He's made the part his own, every inch the coolly ruthless agent-cum-killer, nursing a broken heart and coldly suppressed rage. If the Savile Row suit with the Beretta shoulder holster fits, wear it. And he's wearing it.
This is a crash-bang Bond, high on action, low on quips, long on location glamour, short on product placement.
Blue eyes on fire and jaw set to resolute, Daniel Craig clearly owns Bond in Quantum of Solace: but it's the relentless pace, the quality of art direction and production design – in fact, director Marc Forster's sheer technical ambition – which raise the bar and make this one of the most remarkable action films ever made. Bond fans may hanker after his gadgets or some of the camp which Craig & co have so resolutely extracted from the role, Casino Royale converts might, justifiably, wish for a stronger story, but one thing is certain: as an action film, this will be a tough act to follow.
Quantum of Solace opens to theaters on November 7th.
For trailers, featurettes, posters, still and additional movie info, go to the Quantum of Solace Movie Page.
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