'Quantum of Solace' Review By Bawnian©-Dexeus
I think you're so blinded by inconsolable rage that you don't care who you hurt. When you can't tell your friends from your enemies, it's time to go.
Directed by: Mark Forster
Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Giancarlo Giannini, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, David Harbour, Jesper Christensen, Joaquin Cosio, Glenn Foster and Judi Dench as M.
You know James Bond is doing his job when being chased in Siena, Italy. A car chase to be more precise, as his 21st century Aston Martin escapes two well oiled Alfa Romeos. No gadgets on the hood or in the trunk, but his gun and expertise in driving. fast paced is an understatement, but one of the most explosive introductions before the title credit sequence in the franchise since Goldeneye. Once the trunk opened, you realize Quantum of Solace is a direct sequel to Casino Royale than just the traditional unconnected versions.
For me, the biggest pain in the rump was the opening credit sequence. Casino Royal had spectacular work made with poker as the theme, and holds as one of the top themes in the franchise, but Quantum of Solace made the mistake of using not one, but two singers, where you couldn't understand the lyrics or even find the connection to the title. Granted, neither did Casino Royale's, but hey, who am I to judge? At this point I still found Goldeneye and Goldfinger to have the best themes. Least the animation, women of the sand and the gliding bullet were perfectly executed. Each movie showed where and what the plot would showcase.
Mr. White comes back, as a prisoner for a short time that is before another traitor in MI6 releases him and forces Bon to run around Italy to capture him. You know the words "We have people everywhere..." sparks that this new age Bond is ready to reinvent the classic organization once known as SPECTRE. Who the are or who controls them is still unknown, and we won't know yet until 2014 or beyond. We are introduced to Dominic Greene. As Le Chiffre was the pawn associated with banking and intelligence with the stock market, Greene is the man with, well, with a green thumb. His front is to generate enough funds to preserve the worlds ecological system. The sinister plan, surprisingly, is water rights. You'd expect the so called "precious resource" to be oil, as it is a recurring word, but no. Simply H2O. The oil is more of a way for the series to be on par with current events as well as a good chunk of the world deprived of a resource that should be free.
Sure, James Bond will bring the organizations down, as he always does, but this time, what drives our super spy is vengeance. He allowed himself to be touched by love. Vesper seemed to be the one thing he needed in his life. By perusing Mr. White, it would lead him to the people who killed Vesper and manipulated the system they control. If you think about, Dominic Greene and his plans are mere obstacle from the man he truly wants to quench his thirst for revenge. 007 is a rampaging animal. The body count has risen.
Gemma Arterton is nothing but a desk agent and is sent solely to recover Bond and bring him back to HQ. With his charm and bold directness, she falls for his raw sexual magnetism. I've said it before and I'll say it again, that when it comes to saving the world, stress needs to be released. I'm afraid actions bring great consequences. Our gorgeous Bond girl is killed by being drowned in crude oil, which is another salute to Goldfinger.
Quantum of Solace has some perfectly executed action sequence. The tower in Italy, the hotel in the third world country that showcased how visceral this new spy can truly be. Strike first and ask questions later. Cold kill is an understatement. If you haven't notice, Bond hasn't been saving the world, if not he's been battling corporations with rogue businessmen. But hey, not everyone controls a satellite with solar powered weapons.
You can call this the weakest Bond, but I call it the best in terms of being a direct sequel. It continues the story rather than starting somewhere else. It still shows us a man who is still learning to embrace the legacy bestowed upon him from the agents of old. No gadgets? No problem, but he has to learn to separate work and personal transgressions. To trust or not to be trusted. He must find Solace, before drowning in his own Quantum.
Overall, it may not be elegant like Casino Royale, but it doesn't disappoint in action, style, scrip writing and a visceral 007.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.