Saturday, May 2, 2009

Quantum of Solace

The second chapter of the latest take on Bond, Quantum of Solace picks up where Casino Royale left off. Bond is still a relatively young agent and his normal recklessness and violent tactics are amplified by the Vespa's death. Bond discovers a connection between the mysterious organization giving MI-6 trouble and an "environmentalist" making deals with some less-than-reputable countries. As Bond gets closer to discovering the true plan of the Quantum organization, more international secret agencies get brought into the mix and it gets harder and harder for him to tell who is a friend and who is a foe. Beyond that, it's a Bond movie so I'm sure you have an idea of what goes down. So lets move on to the review.

Original Release: 2008
Running Time: 106 minutes
Death - $2
The Daniel Craig version of Bond began the last movie without his 00 status, but changed that quickly and keeps the body count rising here in Quantum of Solace. Despite M's constant requests to have someone left alive for questioning, Bond keeps killing his way to the answers he seeks.

Repeat Play - $1
I watched Casino Royale a lot when I first saw it. I will probably watch Q of S again sometime soon (with my roommate or other friends that haven't seen it yet) but for my own personal viewing pleasure I think I'd watch the first one again instead.

Hello Ladies - $1
Bond movies are known for Bond girls, some of the hottest women in cinematic history. Olga Kurylenko, previously seen in Hitman and Max Payne, takes the lead Bond girl role here as Camille and she... looks... good. I set the bar just a little bit higher for Bond to compensate for his aversion on monogomy and I think that's wher they dropped the ball. Strawberry Fields has the classic Bond girl name, but didn't really wow me and felt like a weak rip-off of the young lady from Goldfinger (let me know if you don't get the reference). Anyway, I just don't think they earned the full rating here so I'll leave it at a dollar.

Action and Ass-Kickery - $2
I was very pleased with the opening car chase and several of the other fights and action scenes. This is Bond people so I shouldn't have to tell you there's action.

Billicious - $0
I feel that I should directly quote the rating system for this category... "I expected more and was let down." It's that simple... The movie was entertaining, yes, but it wasn't completely what I was hoping for. Sorry gang.
Total Rating: $6

I heard a lot of mixed reviews about Quantum of Solace and I think they were all right. There were a lot of great things about it, but it just didn't live up to Casino Royale. I don't think it is fair to compare the different takes on Bond (you're welcome Pierce) but I have no qualms with comparing two films from the same Bond series. My hope is that they will see what was missing here and make up for it in the next installment that I'm assuming they will make. Until next time, I'm Ten Dollah and you're not.

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