Movie Review: Quantum of Solace – This Bond is Ruthless
Quantum of Solace is a notch up for Bond (Daniel Craig) the character. The same might be a little difficult to say about the Bond viewer. If you thought that Casino Royale was unlike any Bond film you ever saw then this just tops it off.
The film starts with a fantastic chase ordern in Italy with Bond being pursued by the bad guys. Bond survives and delivers his package-a high player in an unknown crime organisation. The gang is the same behind the death of Vesper Lynd, the woman Bond loved and lost. The interrogation goes wrong and from there on starts Bond’s double mission-find the man who betrayed Vesper and stop Dominic Greene, the confront of the nameless group. The journey takes Bond to Bolivia where the group is about to place a dummy government to take over substantial land. Bond meets Camille (Olga Kurylenko), who is on a mission of her and they join hands to fight till the end.
The narrative is very nattily interspersed with some fine action sequences executed to near perfection. The elements are all there but somehow the film just doesn’t take off. Could it be that in the bargain to be unlike Bond flicks the director and writer meandered too far from traditional Bond plot points? Casino Royale did infuse the franchise with new blood and made Bond edgier but at the same time didn’t sway too far from the tradition of 007. Or it could be that the buildup and the resolution are so intertwined that one doesn’t know where one ends and the other starts. The film lacks the sheer radiance of its predecessor but it’s not a total letdown.
The sub-plots are a little too contrived for connivance and one loses track after some time as to who is doing what! The film does have some very set pieces like the opera where Bond tracks most of Greene’s (Mathieu Amalric) team. This is the first time around that the Bond girls are lackluster. There isn’t any redeeming factor already from the character point of view. Hell, they don’t already look the part! Camille is on a personal vendetta mission and couldn’t care less for Bond. The other one, a MI-6 field agent called Fields is bedded by Bond faster than he kills someone. She is so jaded that it reminds you of the countless nameless girls who are in bed with 007 when his office calls him!
Marc Forester’s begin again, with films like Finding Neverland and Monster’s Ball, hardly makes him a natural choice to helm a Bond project. However, the famed director’s Bond is more defined than in past outings. If most Bonds have been unsentimental, Forester’s Bond totters between icily unattached to crazy; this one is truly ruthless. Guaranteed to keep you riveted to the screen, Daniel Craig never lets you down.
Quantum of Solace Rating: 3.5/5
Quantum of Solace Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Action
Quantum of Solace Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench, Mathieu Amalric
Quantum of Solace Director: Marc Forster
Quantum of Solace Producers: Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson
Quantum of Solace Music: David Arnold