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Quantum of Solace

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

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Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold...and on Blu-ray

  • May 14, 2009
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This past weekend [Blu-ray update at the bottom], I went to see Quantum of Solace, the direct sequel to the rebooted Bond franchise's Casino Royale. Now I thought this movie was great; I'm not going to go ahead and say that it's the best Bond flick ever (That award in my mind goes to On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Casino Royale), but it did an amazing job pulling off a really good direct sequel, something that had never been done in the Bond franchise before.

Quantum of Solace takes place in the very moments after Mr. White is shot by Bond in Casino Royale.  When White is taken in for questioning, it turns out that the people White works for "have people everywhere" and M and Bond are sneak attacked by M's own bodyguard.  Now, hell bent on revenge after the death of Vesper and the attack on M, Bond must find out who is responsible, what Project Quantum is and what Dominic Greene has to do with all of it.  Problems arise when M loses faith in bond and he must end up going rouge.  Now, only with the help of Camille and Mathis can Bond put the pieces of this deadly puzzle together.

Daniel Craig as Bond and Dame Judi Dench as M are just a delightful mix, they have wonderful chemistry.  I also really enjoyed the very platonic relationship Bond had with Camille (Eva Green) who is the latest Bond girl. Not once do they show any signs of wanting to go back to Bond's bed, as both characters were simply motivated by revenge.  What I especially enjoyed about Camilles story was that it came directly from the short story For Your Eyes Only in the bond shoty stories novel, Quantum of Solace.  

The point I did want to make about this movie has to do with the action sequences; in an hour and a half film there was an opening act car chase, a rooftop foot chase, a hotel room fight sequence, a plane chase and the grand finale fight to the death at the fuel cell powered hotel.  Despite the fact that I do justify this action being in the film, it still is a touch over the top, but I can't say no to a plane chase, they're the best.

Now, if this was just another bond film that was not a direct sequel, it would have been just as bad as Die Another Day, BUT... It was a sequel and the fact that Bond is so hellbent on revenge makes all of this action not realistic, but very...human. You see his pain through all of the violence in this film and how slowly it diminishes as he realizes that Vesper really did love him and died for him. Without that pain, this movie would have been nothing.  More than in any of the other Bond films, we see that James Bond does have a heart and at the end of the day, he's just as human as any of us.

It was said when Blu-ray first came out that Casino Royale is the Carbon Blu-ray which means that it showed audiences exactly what Blu-ray had to offer.  As an owner of Casino Royale on Blu-ray, I can tell you that along with Transformers, it is the best Blu-ray I own where sounds and picture are concerned.  The colors truly come out and the picture and sound are crystal clear.  Quantum of Solace is no different.  The minute the film starts with the car chase, I feel like I'm at the movie theater (it also helps that I have an amazing surround sound system).  The cars make my whole apartment rumble and the guns sound a little to real.  Obviously, this effect of crystal clear sound and picture remains throughout the films and all I have to say is that the buying both Casino Royale and Quantum on Blu-ray have been some of my best Blu-ray purchases.

All said and done, Quantum of Solace is a great film if you like a little story with your action.  The film won't let you down as you follow Bond on his rampage of revenge.  This is a must own for any true Bond fan, but don't expect your martini shaken or stirred because this James Bond doesn't give a damn.  As it is said at the end of each Bond film, "James Bond will Return".  I can't wait, 4/5.
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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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