By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures
Quantum of Solace
Thanks in part to the earlier release of Quantum of Solace in the UK -- thank the Brits -- domestic reviews on the film have begun to surface everywhere.
More Quantum of Solace Reviews
While we here in the States have to wait until mid-November for the next Bond installment, at least we already have something to go off of. Envious? I know.
While the reviews agree that Quantum is missing some aspects that make Bond er, Bond, the film still kicks a whole bunch of ass.
The shortest and certainly the most action-dense Bond ever, "Quantum of Solace" plays like an extended footnote to "Casino Royale" rather than a fully realized stand-alone movie. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, possibly knowing they couldn't immediately top the previous pic's sheer stylishness, have radically reshuffled the series' traditional elements, but also allowed incoming helmer Marc Forster to almost throw the baby out with the bathwater. Played with a cold, mechanical efficiency that recalls the "Bourne" movies, with almost no downtime or emotional hooks, "Quantum" will find some solace in beefy initial returns but looks unlikely to find a royale spot in Bond history or fans' hearts. Unusually, pic opens in the U.K. and other territories Oct. 31, two weeks ahead of its Stateside bow.
The meanest and leanest James Bond film yet, "Quantum of Solace" is a breathless splash of high-speed action that hurtles from one reckless chase to another.
There's not much solace and few words as the British secret agent exercises his license to kill in dispatching one bad guy after another in the attempt to avenge the death of the lover who died in "Casino Royale."
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Quantum of Solace opens to theaters on November 7th.