Quantum of Solace
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Betrayed by Vesper; the woman he loved; 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth; Bond and M (JUDI DENCH) interrogate Mr. White (JESPER CHRISTENSEN) who reveals the organization which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined. Forensic intelligence links an Mi6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille (OLGA KURYLENKO); a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene (MATHIEU AMALRIC); a ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious organization. On a mission that leads him to Austria; Italy and South America; Bond discovers that Greene; conspiring to take total control of one of the world's most important natural resources; is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano (JOAQUIN COSIO). Using his associates in the organization; and manipulating his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British government; Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in a Latin American country; giving the General control of the country in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land. In a minefield of treachery; murder and deceit; Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper; 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA; the terrorists and even M; to unravel Greene's sinister plan and stop his organization.
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Second, I regret my first impression. I was concerned he would be a timothy dalton or god forbid Lazenby.... Both of whom were cads of the worst kind - impossible to watch, sophomoric, utterly lame. Craig has delightfully alleviated my concerns. I am surprisingly enamored with him as Bond. I don't know who could replace him at present. I'm fond of Craig's Bond. Thank you may I have another.
Third, I also appreciate that the franchise is growing up a bit. Female characters have some substance. Dame Judy as M - greatness. Stories have a little more substance and pluck.
Good action adventure with not so many lines you need closed caption if hearing impaired. You get the gist no matter what. It's still pretty clear who the baddies are. Beautiful scenery. Dramatic sequences.
Modern Bond. Good prevails. Everyone can sleep soundly.
James Bond was betrayed in the last film by a lovely woman manipulated by a mysterious terrorist group that's out to protect itself after the disloyalty of its leading members had lost hundreds of millions. With their reach extending to MI6, Bond and M look for the key members of this conspiracy.
There are Bond movies that have stories that are realistic and this one is very real. Only that's not very complimentary, the action is weak and its too serious for its own good. The main villain isn't even that vicious. There is some good acting and some really gorgeous women. Olga Kurylenko is a lovely woman and plays a character with an agenda of her own that eventually goes to help Bond. Shame she and James don't end up together, but James is both grieving and angry over Vesper's actions in the last movie. Still nice he had a fling with Gemma Arterton's character.
The story goes from Italy, England, Haiti, Latin America and Canada, each local having nice sights as well as some pretty good action sequences but it just doesn't feel like a Bond film some times.
An okay movie.
A few years ago, however, a new Bond (Daniel Craig) brought a new formula (prequel) to the Bond franchise with Casino Royale, a gripping film that satisfies action fans as well as provides all the traditional Bond landmarks (albeit some in their inaugural forms) as described above. As Casino Royale ended, audiences were left feeling as if the "Craig Bond" was well on his way to becoming the Bond we know and love.
The trouble is, the ending of Quantum of Solace does the EXACT same thing...with little to no character development to back it up. For a basic plot summary, Bond spends the entire film trying to gain a measure of revenge for the death of Vesper, his girlfriend, in Casino Royale. A lot of fast cars, unbelievable chase scenes, and M-defying later, and supposedly Bond has reconciled his past and now able to move forward.
Unfortunately, nothing particularly engaging happened during that time to make me believe as if Bond really is a changed man. I think the problem is that Craig is never really allowed to wildly emote in a vengeful fashion...he harbors the same stoic expression the entire film. I would have loved to have seen a Matthew Fox-esque emotive rant that LOST fans have come to appreciate, but it just never happened. The strange thing is that it wasn't just overshadowed by the crazy action scenes...those were pretty much balanced for a Bond film. Just no emotion whatsoever.
Thus, while I appreciate this film's goal of trying to allow Bond to move on from his greatest tragedy, it just doesn't work. I would actually rather see a Bond film such as "Tomorrow Never Dies" or "The World Is Not Enough", installments that were heavy on the schtick and light on the plot, than this heavy film that didn't really get me excited until the Bond theme blared before the end credits.
Die-hard Bond fans will watch this film regardless of what I say, but this is a movie that you can skip and really not miss any of the early-Bond character development that was so compelling in Craig's first Bond effort.
Video Quality: 5/5
Audio Quality: 4.5/5
The storyline itself is suspenseful.
The plot starts out with a discovery of treachery within the British Secret Service ranks. Also, there is some very poignant points of discord between Bond and M, M and her bosses, her bosses and the United States. Luckily all is resolved without catastrophe, and this has a somewhat happy ending. Thank you.