Director: Marc Forster
Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu
Amalric, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, Jesper
Christensen, Joaquin Cosio
RunTime: 1 hr 46 mins
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Official Website: http://www.007.com/
Opening Day: 5 November 2008
Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge
to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination
to uncover the truth, Bond and M (Judi Dench) interrogate
Mr White (Jesper Christensen) who reveals the organisation
which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous
than anyone had imagined.
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 (Olga Kurylenko), a woman who has her own
vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene (Mathieu
Amalric), a ruthless business man and major force within the
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 (Joaquin Cosio).
Using his associates in the organisation, and manipulating
his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British government,
Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in a Latin
American country, giving the General control of the country
in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land.
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, to unravel Greene's sinister plan and stop his organisation.
There were a couple of things that the reboot of James Bond
franchise, Casino Royale did well to generate a whole new
excitement for James Bond. The hero is finally prone to failures,
the action sequences and plot device are simply exciting and
straight to the point and Mr. New Bond himself (though lack
the good looks) was charming as hell. When the trailer for
Quantum of Solace hits the Internet and the Cinemas, it seems
that this new film had wisely follows the Casino Royale in
terms of storyline to allow the viewers to grow with the 'new'
James Bond as he learns the trade of espionage.
Quantum of Solace disappoints as it reverts back to the pre
Casino Royale James Bond movies.
meant the action sequences are more elaborated. As what the
villain Le Chiffre said in Casino Royale, it’s the simplest
things that are more effective. Beauty in it’s simplicity.
Here we get a over the top big budget car chase, a boat chase,
a roof top chase and even a plane chase thrown in the mix
but none as exciting as the free running sequence or the car
flip in the previous film. It’s like those previous
James Bond movie where effort are made to for those big action
sequence set up but it’s quickly forgotten after the
scene move to the following scene. It actually boils down
to how the action sequences were edited and it just lack the
crisp long follow through of the action sequences in Casino
Royale that makes the viewers feel the danger and excitement
of what is being transpire on the screen.
there is the plot device of this installment which took a
long time to unravel. As plot device that had little meaning
at the end, Casino Royale made it clear early so the focus
could be on the card match and various subplots that going
on outside the match. Quantum of Solace plays the villain’s
agenda close to it’s heart till three quarters of the
movie and the revelation of the cause felt like it was a massive
effort that’s achieving something very minor in the
worldly sense. Call me unsympathetic but even if the villain
get’s their way, the effect would probably be just a
small print at the foreign section of the newspaper.
director also took one too many shots of the indigenous people
and location that often invokes the feeling that he was making
Kite Runner 2 instead of a James Bond movie. As a James Bond
movie, it just didn’t feel like the right film to explore
humanity concern for the third world country and very little
could be achieved in this sort of film. In the end, it just
served as a form of distraction.
were simply too many stuff that’s missing from the first
reboot movie. The numerous witty bantering between James Bond
with the people around him and a simple effective spy story
to care about were just a few absent ingredients in this movie.
The only few great stuffs that were retained from the good
old Casino Royale were James Bond’s romantic anguish
and he is still in a learning curve of his career. But those
moments are far too short and few to leave any memorable marks
in this sequel.
Casino Royale sets a blaze to the life of James Bond’s
franchise, Quantum of Solace is the wet bucket that is smothering
the excitement and love out of this reboot franchise. It’s
still entertaining in it’s own right but it just make
one wonder that since it took it’s first step out of
the formula, why does it relapse back to the old self again?
It felt like a wasted opportunity.
(A step back to era of the forgettable James Bond
Review by Richard Lim Jr