Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Quantum of Solace

Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Daniel Craig, Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko and Judi Dench
The expectations for a Bond movie are always high right from the opening credits of the film, which are usually a treat to watch. Quantum of Solace kicks off with some disappointing opening credits and a title soundtrack that jars on the ears. Not a good sign.
Taking off from where Casino Royale left off, Quantum's opening scene accelerates the pace early with a car chase through picturesque Italy. Not as adrenalin packed as the Parkour action of Casino and quite seen-that-before in nature it sets the tone for the rest of the film, which is a series of action-packed, stunt-defying, dare devil antics that are, unfortunately, the only thing good about this film.
Bond (Daniel Craig) is out to avenge the death of his girlfriend Vesper from Casino Royale and jumps, somersaults and careens through various parts of the globe but in the process you lose track of where he is and what exactly he's chasing. In the background is the shadow of an ominous and clandestine organisation of evil called Quantum that even MI6 is unaware of. Mr Greene (Mathieu Amalric) is the criminal mind pitted against Bond but the puny and pale Mathieu Amalric is a pesky fly at best and fails to fascinate or titillate your dark side like other Bond villains. There aren't any gadgets or unwanted clichés or corny lines ("The name is Bond. James Bond" and the like), which one can be thankful for but still one misses them. That's what Bond was about.
Daniel is stony faced and in some scenes makes Superman look like a wimp. But that callous demeanour, far from inspiring awe in you, makes you long for a witty one-liner or some semblance of humanity that so many previous Bond actors have brought to the role.
With a weak plot and absolutely no substance or mission per se, Quantum seems more like an in-between film, a stop-gap that will bridge Casino Royale and a third film that will hopefully resolve the Quantum conundrum that this film glosses over providing absolutely no resolution to this vacuous venture

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