Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Movie review: Quantum of Solace

At long last we're getting back into movies that don't suck.

"Quantum of Solace" is probably the first Bond movie that's a sequel. Most of the movies stood on their own. You didn't need to see what happened previously in order to know what's going on. But with the previous Bond movie, "Casino Royale", the franchise has been rebooted. "Casino Royale" was the last book to be made into a movie, but the last of the unfilmed Ian Fleming books. It was also the most accurate book adaptation of any Bond film.

"Quantum of Solace" picks up just minutes after "Casino Royale" ends. There's a very jerky high speed car chase down a winding mountain road with lots of close ups so that it can be tough to know what's going on.
There's a brief interrogation where very little happens outside of the villain taunting MI-6 about how little they know about his organization. Then there's gunfire and escape. Bond spends much of the rest of the movie chasing down this villain and killing people. For a little bit I started to think of it as "The Bond Identity".
Bond is forced to turn rogue when M calls him in despite his progress in the case.

In the end very little is gained aside from learning the name of the new secret criminal organization that we're hoping runs through the next several movies.

I bought "Casino Royale" on DVD. It's the first Bond movie that I've bought. "Quantum of Solace" isn't something I'd want on DVD unless the next movie is another sequel that's good enough that I'd want "Quantum..." to fill the gap between the two.
However, I would be interested in seeing a video game based on "Quantum of Solace".


Sweetly Single said...

Honestly, I thought the movie sequence is well played!!!

They broke with tradition and got a blonde bond .... why not blow the tradition out of the water and feed to the savages of the loyal fan base while drumming up even more.

GreenCanary said...

I'd like to state for the record that James Bond is hot. That is all.

Sweetly Single said...

~giggling wildly~ YES>.... YES he is!!!

~needs to find a mop for the drool~

Vivek Khandelwal said...

Both of them are a treat to watch ..No doubt that 007 is the best character ever made..and Daniel Criag just looks so gudd..
Infact i also got my DVD a couple of days back ..n this one ..is seriously speacial..
The Bond girls ...the movie.. its makes it the perfect package..