Quantum of Solace (2008)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Critic 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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Critic Reviews for Quantum of Solace
Go see Quantum of Solace. Not that you weren't going to anyway.
Much has been made of the absence of Bond's signature quips, but there's something else that's absent: interest.
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.
Quantum of Solace prompts the question: Is revenge the only possible motive for large-scale movie heroism these days?
Quantum of Solace is a model of mediocrity, even though Daniel Craig gives his all to a production that doesn't deserve him.
Audience Reviews for Quantum of Solace
Despite being an obvious step down from the incredible Casino Royale, this is still one of the better Bond films thanks to Daniel Craig's continued reinvention of the role and some truly riveting action sequences. The plot is a little confusing, but enjoyable as a revenge thriller. Olga is a fantastic change of pace for the typical Bond girl and gets Bond to show continued growth as a more emotional character. After this film and Casino Royale, we understand why Bond is the way he is later on in his life. Despite some choppy editing and shaky cam, this film is very nice to look at as most Bond films are. Overall, it's a kick ass action film and a solid Bond outing for Craig and company. I like the more mature and focused Bond that Craig and the filmmakers have come up with.
After Casino Royale reset the franchise and breathed fresh life into the character of Bond, Quantum immediately follows it up with a well staged but overly familiar bullet-riddled car chase. Bond is then chased by men with foreign accents atop motorcycles/speedboats/jet fighters and jumps out of a plane without a parachute. Again. Female agents are once more demoted to dolly birds who hurtle into Bond's bed with such ferocious speed they threaten to break the sound barrier, only to instantaneously wind up in a body bag (as usual) and he battles a shadowy multinational organization with a hidden agenda but with a rather dreary nerd in command instead of a cat stroking cartoon character. The problem with Quantum Of Solace is it makes the mistake of making Bond go rogue; this always sounds good, but it never works. When he goes off on one, he just turns into a one dimensional killing machine and it removes all the moral ambiguity and grey areas that make 007 interesting. The plot is little more than chase-fight-chase-fight-chase-fight, all of the supporting characters are dispensable and irrelevant and the editing is migraine inducing; I doubt that there's a shot that lasts more than three seconds for the entire duration of the film! Instead of continuing with the new direction introduced in the previous film, QOS is very much business as usual and although it does have enough action to make it feel like a treat on a superficial level, it's pretty much all empty calories.
Quantum of Solace Quotes
|James Bond:||Are you gonna tell us who you work for?|
|Mr. White:||I was always very interested to meet you, I'd heard so much about you from Vesper. The real shame is, if she hadn't killed herself, we would've had you too. I think you would've done anything for her.|
|James Bond:||I don't think the dead care about vengeance.|
|Dominic Greene:||My friends call me Dominic.|
|James Bond:||I'm sure they do.|
|M:||And Bond, if you could avoid killing every possible lead it would be deeply appreciated.|
|James Bond:||Yes ma'am, I'll do my best.|
|M:||I've heard that before.|
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