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Vulcan Stev’s month-late movie review… “Quantum of Solace”

quantum_of_solace_ver3Originally posted at the Dire Cafe December 7, 2008

Quantum of Solace starring:

Daniel Craig … James Bond
Olga Kurylenko … Camille
Mathieu Amalric … Dominic Greene
Judi Dench … M
Giancarlo Giannini … Mathis
Gemma Arterton … Strawberry Fields
Jeffrey Wright … Felix Leiter

The first “true” sequel in the Bond franchise, ‘Quantum of Solace’ continues the high octane adventures of James Bond from ‘Casino Royale’. Picking up literally hours after the previous film left off, after being betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Having captured Mr. White, and in pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and ‘M’ interrogate Mr. White who reveals the organization which blackmailed Vesper to steal Bond’s casino winnings is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined.

Forensic intelligence links an MI6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille, a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene, a ruthless businessman and major force within the mysterious criminal organization known only as ‘Quantum’.

On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene, conspiring to take total control of one of the world’s most important natural resources, is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano. Using his associates in the organization, and manipulating his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British government, Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in Bolivia, giving General Medrano control of the country in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land which is, however, a main source of the South American water supply. In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists, and even ‘M’ herself, to unravel Greene’s sinister plan and stop Quantum from getting its way.

Reviewers: VS, PIT #1, PIT #2, Guest Reviewer (best friend of my sister who happened to tag along with us)

VS – 2 pointed ears
Though I have heard the cry “NOT BOND” from many regarding Casino Royale and echoed now for QoS. My own personal viewpoint is that Eon Productions has firmly moved the Bond Franchise into the 21st century.

My ONLY beef with the movie is that the conflict between Bond and MI6 felt entirely contrived. The evidence against Bond was circumstantial at best. M would’ve been able to understand what was happening if Bond had taken 30 seconds to explain himself. I realize that Eon Productions wants to show HOW Bond gains the trust of M and becomes the best agent MI6 has, but this conflict still felt contrived. If there was a scene filmed that gave Bond a reason not to tell M what was going on or a scene that gave M more of a reason to distrust Bond (actually both scenes would’ve been nice) they should have been left in.

If Bond to you is futuristic gadgets, Q, and scantily clad women; then no this is not Bond. If Bond to you is a rip-roaring good spy movie, then you definitely want to see this one. In the wake of Austin Powers assaulting the stereotyped elements of the genre and Jason Bourne radically reinventing the genre. Daniel Craig has managed to put Bond back on top.

PIT #1 – 2 pointed ears
Very upset that the “bullet shot” came at the end instead of the beginning. Picked up on the fact that Bond is still drinking the ‘Vesper’ that he invented in CR

PIT #2 – 2 pointed ears
In a world where ALL Bond movies are teh kewl awesome, this one stands above the rest.

Guest Reviewer – “What’s with the pointed ears?” Oh I guess 2
Your family sure is strange but this was a very good movie.

Overall Rating 8 out of 8

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