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Quantum of Solace, a review by Dragonfire

Quantum of Solace

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond! On a nonstop quest for justice that crisscrosses the globe, Bond meets the beautiful but feisty Camille (Olga Kurylenko), who leads him to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a ruthless businessman and major force within the mysterious Quantum organization.  When Bond uncovers a conspiracy to take control of one of the world's most important natural resources, he must navigate a minefield of treachery, deception and murder to neutralize Quantum before it's too late!

My Thoughts

I saw this one in the theater when it first came out.  This is the first time I've watched it since then.  I enjoy the movie, but I don't love it and it isn't one of my favorite Bond movies. 

I do like that the story ties back into what was going on in Casino Royale and gives that left over situation a sense of closure that was missing after the last movie.  At times there doesn't seem to be as much of a connection back, but it keeps turning up.  The plot is interesting and once again there is a lot going on.  This one is shorter than a lot of Bond movies, but that works for the plot and keeps things from dragging out longer than necessary.  Much about Quantum remains a mystery by the end of the movie, so I could see the organization being used in future movies.  It does seem like SPECTRE to me.  Greene is alright as a villain, but he isn't as memorable as a lot of other Bond villains.

There is tons of action throughout the movie, almost nonstop at times.  Unfortunately, the movie is firmly emulating the style of the action scenes from the last two Bourne movies with the quick cuts and extremely jerky camera work.  I hate that.  Because of how they were filmed, the action scenes are only ok for me.  There is a lot of violence in the movie, though I don't think any of it was as extreme as the one part in Casino Royale - I forgot to mention that before..  The torture scene is downright brutal and that sort of brutality doesn't have a place in the Bond movies I like.  Things are still a bit brutal at times in this one - James is more likely to shoot first in this one - though it slightly less brutal than the last one. 

James is still developing throughout this movie, which makes sense since the series has been rebooted.  Little bits of things that have been established about the character make James having his shaken martini.  James seems to be starting on the path of sleeping with all available women with how he had his way with Miss Fields - her first name is supposed to be Strawberry.  Pity it wasn't used in the movie.  He isn't completely there yet since he is only with her, but the beginning is there..and he is still dealing with with what happened with Vesper.  This James is a James I don't like that well.  It isn't Daniel Craig..he's fine.  It is just the direction the character is going.  He's cold and detached at times and, like I mentioned before, downright brutal.  He's practically a killing machine with all the people he kills in this one.  The previous versions of James killed too, but he seemed to be more...selective in his killing before instead of using it as a first option.  I just don't like James this violent all the time.  He is showing some signs of being suave and charming, but the violent nature is more present.  I hope that violent nature gets toned down a bit in the next movie...though with the mess with MGM, who knows when that will be.  I read tonight that the next Bond has been canceled for now because of that.

I am disappointed that this movie is trying to hard to be like a Bourne movie.  Bond is not Bourne and I don't think that style works for Bond.  Of course, I don't care for some of that in Bourne either - the quick cuts and jerky camera work.  I hate things being so shaky that I can't tell who is who.  Bond is a very successful series of movies and the character deserves better than to be turned into a Bourne clone.

I did enjoy the movie overall, though, like Casino Royale, I think I liked it less this time than I did when I originally saw it.

I did post a review on Epinions after seeing the movie in the theater.  And I posted here about it before too.  Jimmy, you can decide if you want to change the link for the review or not.

Quantum of Solace

(From James Bond Marathon on July 7th, 2010)

Member's Reviews

Creepshow, a review by addicted2dvd

Title: Creepshow
Movie Count: 59
TV Ep Count: 17
Time Started: 4:45am
Two macabre masters - writer Stephen King and director George A. Romero - conjure up five shocking yarns, each a virtuoso exercise in ghouls-and-gags style of classic 50's horror comics. A murdered man emerges from the grave for Father's Day cake. A meteor's ooze makes everything... grow. A professor selects his wife as a snack for a crated creature. A scheming husband plants two lovers up to their necks in terror. A malevolent millionaire with an insect phobia becomes the prey of a cockroach army. Add the spirited performances of a fine cast (Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, E.G. Marshal and King himself) and the ghoulish makeup wizardry of Tom Savini. Let the 'Creepshow' begin!

My Thoughts:
This is one of my favorite anthology movies. I think my favorite segment was the one where "A scheming husband plants two lovers up to their necks in terror."... this was the one where Leslie Neilson buried the couple to their necks in the sand on the beach... waiting for the high tide to come.  That one then followed closely by the "crated creature" Fluffy.  But of course I enjoyed all the segments.

(From Month-Long Horror/Halloween Marathon on October 20th, 2007)

Member's TV Reviews

The Good Old Days TV Thread, a review by addicted2dvd

The Time Tunnel
Volume 1: Episode 8
Original Air Date: 10/28/1966
Doug and Tony try to convince Chief Sitting Bull and General Custer that the upcoming battle at Little Big Horn will have devastating consequences for both sides.

My Thoughts:
This is a show I have learned I like quite a bit. Unfortunately the series only lasted the one season (30 Episodes). Which was released on DVD in 2 volumes. With so few episodes I decided that I would only watch an episode here and there to allow my enjoyment of first time viewings to last much longer. Even though every time I watch an episode I get the urge to continue watching the set. There is one thing that bugs me a bit about this show. The time travelers never find a change of clothes to match the time period. And you seldomly see anyone question their attire. This episode is a good example of this... here they are in the time of General Custer and Chief Sitting Bull... one in a suit and the other in a turtleneck sweater. But yet they are not even looked at funny. As for this particular episode... I enjoyed it quite a bit. It is an interesting time period. It has a good story with a little bit of action as well.

My Rating:

(From The Good Old Days TV Thread on February 18th, 2010)