Quantum of Solace

Synopsis: On a nonstop quest for justice that crisscrosses the globe, Bond meets the beautiful but feisty Camille (Olga Kurylenko), who leads him to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a ruthless businessman and major force within the mysterious Quantum organization. When Bond uncovers a conspiracy to take control of one of the world’s most important natural resources, he must navigate minefield of treachery, deception and murder to neutralize Quantum before it’s too late!

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Jay Stone of the Ottawa Citizen once reviewed ‘The World Is Not Enough’ as “Bland. James Bland”. He wasn’t completely wrong.

However, I think that ‘Quantum of Solace’ really deserves this tag. Not that it’s a bad movie, per se – in fact, I can’t find a lot of things to complain about. It’s just that the movie is kind of… boring… flat. It’s really not much fun.

And James Bond adventures are traditionally fun in various ways – whether it’s the quips or repartee, the action sequences, the set pieces, the gadgets, …etc., there is usually something to boot up your childlike glee and wonderment.

Quantum of Solace fails to deliver on any of these expectations: it’s decent, but it’s middle-of-the-road entertainment. And one can hardly imagine it as a James Bond movie. A spy thriller of sorts, certainly – but not a proper 007 flick.

However, there are some good things to watch out for:

-since Craig’s Bond is developing more and more into the classic one that we recognize, David Arnold’s music is starting to bring back the themes we know and love so much.
-the Walther PPK is back in action, after having been cast aside in ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’. It’s a welcome return, because it’s been so closely associated to the image of Bond. And frankly, Bond doesn’t need a cannon.
-the developing relationship between Bond and M gives a lot of back story to their eventual dynamic (however, M’s role must be toned down in the future – it’s a 007 adventure, after all, not an M adventure).
-the titles that indicate which city/country we’re visiting are classy and were a nice touch.

Aside from this, the movie can be ignored and we can move on to Craig’s next 007 outing; i’s pretty forgettable and it doesn’t bring anything noteworthy to the legend.

“Bleh. James Bleh.”

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