Bond Gone Dull
- James Bond: Quantum of Solace review by Jawbreaker
My expectations for Quantum of Solace were high upon release. After the excellent Casino Royale - a film so good it attracted new fans to the Bond series - could things get better? Being set only a few hours after the end of Royale was an interesting move along with the promise of a more personal Bond. In reality we received a blitz of rapid editing, odd camera angles and a shallow plot. Solace looks stunning but the director clearly has been watching the Bourne films on high speed. Warning this film can give you a headache! And its such a shame with Olga proving to be a match for Bond and the casting of Mathieu an inspired choice. After his brilliant turn in the Diving Bell & The Butterfly, here was someone who could make a memorable opponent. Instead, thanks to the script, Bond finds himself up against nothing more than a powerful corporate accountant.
6 out of 12 members found this review helpful.
Blonde Bond'shell fails to deliver
- James Bond: Quantum of Solace review by CS
Casino Royale was just what Bond needed, a fresh new interpretation, and casting Daniel Craig in the lead was inspiring. Bringing a whole new league of fans both male and female into the Bond fold. My 80 year old mother, who was already a fan of the Bond franchise, especially Sean Connery, was on the edge of her seat, enjoying the thrill of the ride in Casino Royale. A breath taking journey from start to finish.
So with the much eagerly awaited sequel, Quantum of Solace, what went wrong? From the start this is a badly directed, shoddily edited piece which is allover the place. The film is hard to follow, not because of the what is a very simplistic plot, but because the filming is all over the place. The action is virtually non-stop, but is so fast, that your eye doesn't have time to take anything in, editing is very choppy and as a result it is just all over the place. Daniel Craig, looks like he is bored and shows nowhere near the drive or enthusiasm he had in Casino Royale. The bad guy is dull and badly cast, he looks more like he should be presenting childrens TV, than in world domination. And whilst the rest of the cast try, they have nothing to work for.
Bond carved a niche with it's gadgets, technology, sexy girls, witty one-liners and of course suave lead actors. And of course no Bond film was complete without its main title song, one that actually had the film title as it's title or at least sung in the chorus. There hasn't been a decent Bond song in my opinion since Tina Turners 'Goldeneye' or Madonna's 'Die another day'. What have the last few songs been called or how did they go, haven't a clue! And this makes the films themselves less memorable.
I have not heard anyone, even die hard Bond fans say anything good about this film, this has done so much damage to the Bond future, so let's hope that the next one manages to salvage the remains from the ashes.
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.
Not up to the usual 007 standard
- James Bond: Quantum of Solace review by Dani - London
I would not say I am a huge Bond fan, but I do enjoy the 007 films.
I was pretty disappointed with most aspects of Quantum of Solace, from the storyline (which was pretty hard to follow) right though to the action (which was not as great as usual).
If you are a massive fan I do not think you will be happy!
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.