“Quantum of Solace”
Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko. Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Gemma Arterton
James Bond (Daniel Craig) delivers in the only way he can. Our film begins where “Casino Royale” left off. The brooding special agent 007 needs to avenge the death of his former love, Vesper. We expect an exhilarating ride and we get one.
The opening scene is a car chase with the bad guys unrelenting in their quest to extinguish Bond from the country. Fast paced cars at high speeds, weaving through traffic and under tunnels — and still our man Bond remains unscathed.
Such is the allure of the James Bond aura. Bond is a slick, well-toned, introspective character whose allegiances are challenged, and his respect for authority to duty and to the boss M (Judi Dench) are often thwarted. While Bond is devoted to his boss, his need to pursue the truth about his wife’s death forces him to relinquish his loyalty to the force.
Camille (Olga Kurylenko) holds her own in the world of spies and international conspiracies. Effort was made to make the character of this newest Bond girl independent. However, the filmmakers did succumb to her playing the damsel in distress, and toward the end of the story, Camille is distraught and stuck in a burning room where only Bond can find her, save her and console her.
There is one other character who is shown as the perfunctionary playgirl included for Bond’s (and all the male audience members’) entertainment: Strawberry Fields (Gemma Arterton). Yet, even that actress had more brain and less bare exposure than her predecessors in the same type of character.
I applaud the social mores of the twenty-first century that prove women have brains and can be utilized for their brains and brawn rather than their booty and boobs. Having said that, the film was mediocre. There was not enough spy gadgetry and high-tech special effects to make James Bond seem anyone more than a dashing man about town.
Chic Stars: Three Chic Stars
Jan’s Movie Rating System:
5 – Top-notch entertainment
4 – Compelling, Heartwarming, Thrilling, Comical
3 – The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.
2 – If you are bored, watch it, or wait for DVD
1 – Don’t bother. Too morose, too violent, too blasè, an enigma.
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