REVIEW: QUANTUM OF SOLACE
SYNOPSIS: QUANTUM OF SOLACE continues the high
octane adventures of James Bond (DANIEL CRAIG) in CASINO
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
organisation 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.
REVIEW: M: Bond, I
need you to come back.
James Bond: I never left.
There are James Bond movies and then there are James Bond
movies. I grew up watching them during the Roger Moore era
and I was inevitably mesmerized by this superhero of the spy
world. I must admit, however, that after years and years of
one of the most successful franchises in cinematic history,
it got to a point where they were beginning to seem stale.
Nothing made this as evident as the completely revamped
prequel, Casino Royale. That movie was in my opinion the
greatest resurgence of a movie series ever. It impressively
revived a dwindling giant and brought back the glory that is
007. Well, I can tell you that this film is a fitting
continuation of Casino Royale and in comparison, it is just
as good. The action is realistic, intense, and rugged, James
gets royally banged up, the stakes are high, the risk is
great, the emotions are flaring, and the determination is
unstoppable. This is not your typical cutesy Bond movie
where he’s always in a tux looking pretty, drinking vodka
martinis, and cracking jokes. This is the real thing. It’s
like James Bond crossed with Jason Bourne.
I was skeptical when I first heard of Daniel Craig playing
the timeless role of 007. He is blond and not very pretty.
But he is exactly what the doctor ordered. He makes this new
Bond that much more believable and realistic by not being so
pretty and by being more rugged. His version of Bond still
keeps him as cold, calculated, and confident as ever but
this Bond is a little more serious about his business.
Daniel continued what he started in Casino Royale with
another sharp, chilling performance as every man’s man. He
is surrounded by familiar faces such as Judi Dench as M,
Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter, and Giancarlo Giannini as
Mathis. Each of them once again provided excellent
supporting roles. You might remember Olga Kurylenko from the
movie Hitman. She plays Camille, the primary female in this
Bond film. Mathieu Amalric plays the villain, Dominic
Greene. Both of these are not the best Bond counterparts,
but they are decent enough.
Part of the cheesiness of recent Bond movies was the
increasingly eccentric and far-fetched storylines. They
seemed to coincide with the increasingly eccentric and
far-fetched gadgetry. The storyline for this picture was
fresh and intriguing but its development lacked some
clarity. One aspect, on the other hand, that was not lacking
at all was the cinematography. Wow! Of course the backdrops
and locations are always amazing when you’re talking Bond
movies, but add to that some incredible camera shots and
action sequences that will leave you breathless. Actually,
there are some moments where the action is so fast paced
that the camera can’t keep up. Director Marc Forster
(Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, Stranger than Fiction,
The Kite Runner) has quite a resume. This production can be
added to his list of hits. I am saddened by Roger Moore’s
recent comments on this “new” Bond. Even though he was the
Bond of my time, I will have to disagree with him. I truly
believe that this is exactly what the James Bond saga needed
in order to get back on top.
Review By Cine Marcos
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