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Friday, March 9, 2012

Quantum of Solace (2008): The Highly Anticipated Sequel to Casino Royale

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Quantum of Solace (2008) By Mark Foster
Our Rating: 7.0
IMDb Ratings: 6.8
Genre: Action | Adventure  |  Crime
Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric
Country: UK USA
Language: English | German
Runtime: 106 min
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Quantum of Solace is the 22nd movie (official) of the James Bond Franchise and the highly anticipated sequel to the ubiquitously acclaimed Casino Royale (2006). Directed by Marc Foster, Quantum of Solace  definitely lacks certain aspects of a traditional Bond movie. Quantum of Solace may be eccentric in the sense that it may not be able to titillate the esoteric Bond fans, for it may lack their eclectic taste, but it definitely succeeds in projecting a new Bond for the contemporary world who may not be an equivalent of a superhero, but who despite being vulnerable is gifted with a killer instinct the very defining characteristic of Ian Fleming's larger than life human incarnate. 

A Still from Quantum of Solace, daniel craig
A Still from Quantum of Solace
This new Bond goes about his business in a manner that is far more realistic compared to the Bond of the bygone era. His passion and devotion for his job is nothing but inexorable. Though Casino Royale pioneered this graduation, it's Quantum of Solace that consummates it by giving Fleming's espionage artist a mystique that had hitherto eluded him: the remarkable gift of fallibility and a rare chance to be human. Quantum of Solace is a highlight reel of mind boggling action sequences that makes it a high octane extravaganza. The pace of Quantum of Solace is such that one hardly gets the time to breathe freely. The plot, though comparatively weaker than its precursor, is still good enough to keep the viewer guessing, thereby him/her at the edge of the seat throughout. 

Daniel Craig and Gemma Arterton in Quantum of Solace
Daniel Craig and Gemma Arterton in Quantum of Solace
Unfortunately, the movie as a whole doesn't succeed in matching the brilliance and power of Casino Royale, which had single-handedly changed the very face of the Espionage Franchise, and had helped establish Daniel Craig as the most charismatic James Bond of all time, perhaps even surpassing the likes of Sean ConneryRoger Moore, and Pierce BrosnanAnother major weakness of the movie is its ambitious editingapart from the annoying absence of a worthy antagonistwhich is far from just, and at times needless and severely annoying. A bit of subtlety in movie's editing, imparted through directorial supervision, could have done wonders to Quantum of Solace, and would have probably helped it in its quest to becoming one of the best Bond movies of all time. Alas, some things are just not meant to be! 

All being said and given what we have, Quantum of Solace definitely succeeds in entertaining the action movie lovers, and to some extent in redefining the 007 Franchise.


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4 comments :

  1. A decent movie in comparison to the class of Casino Royale and the new standards set by Craig.....

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    1. Indeed! Now, the real question that arrives is whether Skyfall would be able to give the Franchise its due justice, given that the third movie after a major revamp (in the Bond Franchise) is more or less a make or break for the actor portraying Bond.

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  2. Came over from Fogs, glad to hear your opinion though I do disagree. Quantum is the most disappointing Bond film ever. It makes virtually no sense, the action is fast but unclear, and as you said, the villain is weak. It does get better on subsequent viewings but it never gets to the level of drama or excitement that it needs.

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  3. Thanks a lot for sharing your valuable opinion... While I can't fully agree with you, I must say that you have made some valid points that cannot be overlooked!!! :-)

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