Quantum of Solace Review (12A)
Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Gemma Arterton
Director: Marc Foster
Running Time: 107 minutes
After ‘Casino Royale’ I really thought that it was a sign that Bond really was back and could only get better. But the film was just like the musical theme for Quantum of Solace. Good in parts, but parts were like someone was scraping their nails down a blackboard.
Now I’m not going into the story much for a couple of reasons. One, I’ll give a lot of it away, and 2, it didn’t flow very well and seemed all over the place at times so couldn’t tell you if I wanted to.
I had heard the opening scene was amazing and will knock you off your seat, but I couldn’t even see what was going on. I think it was a car chase scene, but I’m not really sure. The way it was edited was terrible, and really ruined the opening for me and knew the film would have to be something good to improve on what I’d just seen.
But sadly, it never really shook me to my core like Casino Royale did.
The spine of the storyline is about Bond on his revenge mission to find out who was responsible for the death of his love Vesper. So in that aspect you see a much moodier Bond who really doesn’t care about questioning people anymore, just inflicting pain upon others to vent his anger.
This is done quite well and you do see a different side to Bond that I haven’t seen before and quite liked the change. You see him drunk, angry and quite upset, and I agree with people when they say it’s gritty for a Bond film.
Apart from that, the rest of the storyline was quite weak. The bad guy wasn’t really evil, just crooked, and he had no desire for world domination….just water!!
I know there weren’t many gadgets in Casino Royale because they were re-imaging Bond, but Quantum of Solace seemed to have none whatsoever apart from Bond’s Sony Ericsson phone.
Daniel Craig was brilliant as Bond however, and he never faltered in jumping straight back into 007’s shoes. The rest of the cast put in solid performances and I think this helped in making Quantum an average film.
Some of the action scenes did look quite cool, and I was impressed, but the majority were awful. I wish these “Movie Professionals” would stop thinking that the faster you move the action then the better it looks. I really despise this kind of camera work and it really does put a massive drain on the film.
Overall I was left disappointed by Quantum of Solace, but it did have some decent moments in there that should keep you happy enough for a couple of hours – if you haven’t seen it yet, you should take a look at the Quantum of Solace trailer for yourself and decide if you want to see more of it. But overall it wasn’t a patch on Casino Royale – I think the only reason it’s done so well at the cinemas is because of the success of Casino Royale.
3 out of 5