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Quantum of Solace

2008 James Bond movie, sequel to Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig

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Not as good as the first but still an amazing entry in the long running series....

  • Dec 29, 2009
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This direct sequel to the smash hit, critically acclaimed Casino Royale is more brutal and action packed than the first and it relies on explosives action sequences and out of control chases to sometimes fill in the gaps of the adequately made plot and story. But is this second installment in the reboot franchise bad? No way!! Is it a great sequel? Not really, but it is a good one at that.



Quantum of Solace was somewhat of a let down in the character development area but what it lacks there it uses flashy action sequences to make up for it, now I have nothing against flashy action sequence. But I do when there in almost every part of the movie, Bond is not an action star, but this adaption tried to blend high octane, mind blowing action with the emotional nature of the first film and it failed miserably. But what it did in it's place is give us a good time for our
money.



Daniel Craig(who is still as intense as ever as Bond.) doesn't quite live up to the first film. But he does exceptionally well here in his second outing as Bond. Judi Dench is just as good here as ever, she does better than before and continues to blow me away as the only female "M" in the franchise history. Jesper Christen( who had a brief role in the first.) is another class act in this film and is surprisingly cunning as the new recurring Bond villain. Olga Kurlyenko is not a very good actress( I've seen better in this series.) but she is something nice to look at. Jeffrey Wright part in the series has been dramatically decreased but he does much better than the first film in the few scenes he's in. Giancalro Giannini is very good here, not as good as in the first( I didn't mention him in my review of Casino Royale.) but he brings some humanity and heart to a rather heartless Bond film. All in all they all hold up nicely and put on a very good show that soon won't be forgotten.




Quantum of Solace was not Bond film greatness like the first but it did have some really good emotional moments in it that made it a good Bond film and a great follow up to the first. I didn't really have a great fondness for this one, I much prefer story over action any day. But ti did have it's moments that just jumped out at you( and I don't mean the action sequences.) it was honest and true and it did it's best with what it could to bring a good follow up to Casino Royale and it did. It's a good action flick that lacked depth and emotional integrity . It's not one of my all time favorite Bond outings, but it had a great sense of justice and some morals that were good as well this film lives up to the standards set up by all the Bond films and the 2006 prequel and it did very well. So all in all Quantum of Solace is great fun you can't ignore and it's a Bond mission you don't want to miss.
Not as good as the first but still an amazing entry in the long running series....

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review by . June 13, 2009
I'm pretty shaken I know that.
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review by . August 16, 2009
I just wanted to watch an action movie. I didn't want anything serious. No puzzles to solve, no angst-ridden protagonists attempting to find reason in the Universe.     "Quantum of Solace" filled the bill perectly.     It is all action. Non-stop action.     Whatever attempt there is to tell a story never intrudes on the action.     James Bond, played to perfection by Daniel Craig, is strong, always coiled, headstrong …
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I'm pretty shaken, I know that
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Daniel Craig hasn't lost a step sinceCasino Royale--this James Bond remains dangerous, a man who could earn that license to kill in brutal hand-to-hand combat… but still look sharp in a tailored suit. AndQuantum of Solanceitself carries on from the previous film like no other 007 movie, with Bond nursing his anger from theCasino Royalestoryline and vowing blood revenge on those responsible. For the new plot, we have villain Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), intent on controlling the water rights in impoverished Third World nations and happy to overthrow a dictator or two to get his way. Olga Kurylenko is very much in the "Bond girl" tradition, but in the Ursula Andress way, not the Denise Richards way. And Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, and Giancarlo Giannini are welcome holdovers. If director Marc Forster and the longtime Bond production team seem a little too eager to embrace the continuity-shredding style of theBournepictures (especially in a nearly incomprehensible opening car chase), they nevertheless quiet down and get into a dark, concentrated groove soon enough. And the theme song, "Another Way to Die," penned by Jack White and performed by him and Alicia Keys, is actually good (at times Keys seems to be channeling Shirley Bassey--nice). Of course it all comes down to Craig. And he kills.--Robert Horton
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Director: Marc Foster
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: November 14th 2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis
DVD Release Date: March 24, 2009
Runtime: 106 Minutes
Studio: MGM/UA
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