Thursday, November 6, 2008

Quantum of Solace: Review

[Insert James Bond theme song here] Quantum of Solace baby! Damn I loved this movie!
So the film picks up 5 minutes after the events of Casino Royale. James Bond is on a blood mission to find out who was behind the death and betrayal of his love Vesper Lynn. And at the same time, Bond has to deal with another villain, Dominic Green but investigating him opened up a terrifying truth that will shock MI6 to it's core. 
Quantum of Solace is unlike any other Bond film we've had in a sense that it is a true sequel. We stay with the character Bond as he is developing, we stay to watch how the story surrounding the betrayal of the last film is carrying out. This isn't the Bond series anymore where the story is blocked into one movie alone. We finally have a continuation to James Bond.
I'm not to crazy over the action sequences,  I felt for the most part of it they were badly shot. Like the car chase scene in the beginning, the director pulled the shot to close I couldn't really see anything. But the times when they got the action scenes right like the chase in Spain, I thought that was dead on.
I didn't care too much for the Bond girl in this film, I thought she was really uninteresting. But then again, she had a tough act to follow after Eva Green in Casino Royale who is with no contest the best Bond girl in the history of the franchise. Olga Kurylenko is certainly one of the more action fighting Bond girls like Michelle Yeoh but she's got nothing on Eva Green.
One thing I wanna point out about Olga Kurylenko. She has been in 3 movies now where she is hella hella hot and the guy doesn't want to have sex with her. In Hitman, she was stark ass naked and the guy still resisted her. In Max Payne, Mark Wahlberg does the same thing. Hun if even James Bond don't wanna bang you.. there must be something seriously wrong. You sure you don't have a penis under there?
This is my favorite Bond movie because of two things. One is the fact that we finally see some development between the characters of Bond and M. We see M in this film becoming more of a mother figure to Bond and finally breaking the whole image of M being a hard woman. And Judi Dench is fantastic in the movie btw.
The second thing is that for the first time, we finally have a great Bond villain in the form of Quantum, a terrorist organization that apparently has many influences in many places which MI6 never knew about and is now posing as a big threat to national security. There's almost a Kaiser Soze feel to the whole mystic of Quantum being this big organization that no one can track down and I'm dying to see how this plays out in future Bond movies.
Daniel Craig is great as Bond. He finally delivers Bond as being a human character unlike the other Bonds from the previous movie. James Bond finally has a story to tell and he is finally more than a man with cool gadgets and nice suits. I liked him more in Casino Royale though, but he's still pretty darn good here.
The film had decent action and a great build up for me to want to see the next Bond film. I love where this franchise is going and I can't wait for the next one.

RATING: 7/10

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