Quantum of Solace

2008

Quantum of Solace

Critics Consensus

Brutal and breathless, Quantum Of Solace delivers tender emotions along with frenetic action, but coming on the heels of Casino Royale, it's still a bit of a disappointment.

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A devastating betrayal sends James Bond from Australia to Italy and South America on a mission of vengeance that pits the suave super-spy against a powerful businessman with diabolical intentions. Betrayed by Vesper, 007 (Daniel Craig) suppresses the urge to make his latest mission personal as he teams with M (Judi Dench) to interrogate Mr. White (Jesper Christensen). It soon becomes apparent that the organization behind the blackmailing of Vesper is more powerful than Bond and M had previously anticipated, and after discovering forensic evidence that links an MI6 traitor to a bank in Haiti, Bond immediately sets out to gather more intelligence. Once in Haiti, a case of mistaken identity leads Bond into the company of the ravishing Camille (Olga Kurylenko), a dangerous beauty with her own vendetta. It's Camille who leads Bond to a ruthless businessman named Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), who is soon revealed to be the mastermind of a powerful but clandestine organization. Greene is conspiring to corner the market on one of the world's most precious natural resources, and in order to make that happen he has forged a deal with an exiled general named Medrano (Joaquin Cosio). By enlisting the aid of his many associates and using his vast resources to force contacts within the CIA and the British government into bending to his will, Greene plans to overthrow the current regime of a Latin American country and hand control over to General Medrano in exchange for a parcel of land that appears barren on the surface, but actually houses a natural resource that will make Greene the most powerful man on the planet. But Bond's mission to uncover the culprit who blackmailed Vesper and prevent Dominic Greene from exerting his will on the entire world won't be easy, because now everyone from the CIA to the terrorists and even M are out to get him. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • Go see Quantum of Solace. Not that you weren't going to anyway.

    Nov 2, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Dre Rivas

    Film.com
    Top Critic
  • Much has been made of the absence of Bond's signature quips, but there's something else that's absent: interest.

    Nov 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Meaner, leaner and faster than ever, the new-fashioned, down-to-earth Bond movie might have a typically tangled plot and Daniel Craig scowling a tad too much, but the Bourne-inspired action is sensational.

    Nov 20, 2008 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • This Bond is also a bit of a jerk, taking what he wants when he wants it and acting on an instinct that leaves little room for moral debate. Seen in this light, Craig is the perfect storm of Bondian class and mayhem.

    Nov 20, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's ironic: After all these years of surviving everything that has been thrown at him, James Bond is finally being undone by his own team.

    Nov 17, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Quantum of Solace prompts the question: Is revenge the only possible motive for large-scale movie heroism these days?

    Nov 14, 2008

Audience Reviews for Quantum of Solace

  • Feb 07, 2016
    By far the worst of the Daniel Craig Bond films, this film is plagued by bad editing, sloppy writing and a poor villain. It has some good scenes and Daniel Craig is still awesome as his character. Though fans of Bond will be disappointed with this movie.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2016
    It's boring. Surpisingly so for all the brutal action. I don't get Bond movies anymore. Used to love them when I was a kid, now I just can't figure the appeal, mind you they never used to have so much needless over-the-top action, which seems mainly to be a lame subterfuge for the sheer lack of anything else. And why are all the stories so dour and bland now???? I mean does anyone really give a fuck about the storyline to this movie????
    Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2015
    In between two of the greatest Bond films of all time, Quantom of Solace returns back to the fomula of several Bond films except for the fact that the story line pretty much carries over from Casino Royale. This time Bond is out for revenge against the people who killed his one love, Vesper. By no means is this a great film, in fact, it's surprisingly uneventful. But I think the film gets a worse rap than it should because it's in between Casino Royale and Skyfall. I found it crazy how much I didn't remember about this film. But I did remember how much it shares with The Living Daylights of 20 years prior. In both films Bond goes borderline Rogue from MI6 due to a loss of a loved one. The difference is The Living Daylights is far more exciting and better paced than Quantom. Solace is nearly 40 minutes shorter than the other Craig films which smells like late game editing to me. I'm not saying it would be good if it were longer but I do think we would care more about the supporting characters. I think that was my main issue with this film, it's really Craig and everyone else here. I think it's a combination of lackluster performances and writing. Bond goes on a so called 'killing spree' throughout the film, or rather everyone that comes close to him dies as he goes after Dominic Greene, the leader of a mysterious organization set to eliminate Bolivia's water supply. A weird motivation for a Bond villain, but it's never the endgame that matters, it's the performance of the actor that really counts. With that said, I never found Mathieu Amalric's performance to all that intriguing. It's dissapointing considering the incredible villains of Casino Royale and Skyfall. As I'm writing this I feel like I dislike the film increeasingly more thinking about it as I gather my final thoughts. I'm trying to think of redeemable qualities especially putting it into perspective with the others in this new reboot. Perhaps the relationship between Bond and M is the best part about the film. The CGI is more noticable and the editing with shaky cam is distracting. These films work best when they focus on story first and foremost, not the action. +Bond & M relationship blossoms. -No depth -Uninteresting supporting characters -Too short -Weak villain 4.5/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2013
    Sandwiched between the triumphant "Return of Bond" in Casino Royale and the fantastic Skyfall, Quantam of Solace was a step back for the franchise. Craig's Bond for once doesn't bed anyone which would have provided the only true action in the film. Ultimately forgettable.
    John B Super Reviewer

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