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Awesome: 6.32%
Worth A Look: 10.53%
Pretty Bad: 22.11%
Total Crap30.53%

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Quantum of Solace
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by William Goss

"My Word, Not My Bond"
3 stars

“There’s something horribly efficient about you,” whispers a woman to her traveling companion, James Bond, and for the first time in this enduring superspy franchise, she’d be right.

In Quantum of Solace, Bond’s 22nd outing, Her Majesty’s secret agent (Daniel Craig) has some unfinished business remaining from Casino Royale, and so he hits the ground running – or speeding, I should say, away from bad guys in fast cars with endless ammo. Not long after, the man in his trunk (Jesper Christensen, from the very beginning and very end of Royale) reveals, to dramatic effect, that this criminal outfit of his has people everywhere, and so M (Judi Dench) sets Bond on the trail of environmentalist Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric, adequately smug) in order to dig up more about this so-called Quantum organization – with any and all desires for revenge from the death of his girlfriend theoretically kept in check…

From there on out, it’s a regular game of ‘See James Run’: London, Haiti, Bolivia, Austria, Italy – the man’s passports have passports, he flies so far so fast. Don’t get me wrong, he still sips a martini (even if he never formally orders it), and he still beds at least one of his two female counterparts: either the pretty-pouty Camille (Olga Kurylenko), as driven by vengeance as Bond is, or the pretty-prim MI6 Agent Fields (Gemma Arterton), whose first name is a secret perhaps best saved for the end credits.

The man has globe-trotting and girl-tempting down pat, to be sure, but again, “horribly efficient” is the name of the game here. Often mistaking ‘busy’ for ‘exciting’, director Marc Forster has no shortage of action but also no experience, a concern that only grows increasingly apparent as purported thrills die the death of a million cuts in this car chase or that boat chase (perhaps two credited editors are one too many). A mid-point opera shoot-out merits a bit more interest, but a foot-based pursuit can’t measure up to a similar sequence in The Bourne Ultimatum, and the climactic confrontation happens to take place in the world’s most conveniently flammable hotel. The shortest entry to date, it’s an hour and forty minutes that admittedly don’t let up, but after a while, Bond’s sneakiest villain might be apathy towards all the sound and fury.

It’s not Craig’s fault; he brings the same inner turmoil and aggressive volatility to the role that he had in Royale, but in a moment here or there – like the way in which he swiftly, smartly dispatches a henchman on a motorcycle, or the manner with which he upgrades his hotel accommodations – he makes one ache for the suaveness that made one actually want to be Bond.

The fact that the end of the film suggests that he’s ready to restrain some of his rough, gruff demeanor offers to me at least the very slightest solace as to where the franchise might continue from here. For now, though, I’m afraid that we’re left with run-and-gun and just not much fun.

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User Comments

9/12/17 morris campbell ok bond flick 3 stars
3/09/17 Louise (the actual one) Dreadful, badly-directed mess with a lame villain and even lamer theme song. Bad. 2 stars
3/25/13 KingNeutron Not very memorable, and the opening song is just awful 3 stars
10/20/10 Saif A. Khan Trust me...this film gets better each time you watch it. I think it is more of a companion 4 stars
9/23/10 Dr.Lao A Bond movie with none of the things one goes to see a Bond film for. 1 stars
7/14/10 matt its grown on me. good action, good performances, just a little short and a weak-ish plot 4 stars
1/05/10 James Smith poor direction ruined action scenes. Not Bond either! 2 stars
4/25/09 David Bad. Bad. Bad. But it's predecessor was fine and the best Bond in years. 1 stars
4/13/09 hawkeye impossible to make sense of..dissapointing 2 stars
4/11/09 Baloney Minor hiccups in action sequencing and pacing don't ruin an otherwise good spy flick. 4 stars
4/02/09 action movie fan good action weak plot and characters-daniel craig is a ppor excuse for bond 3 stars
3/29/09 Michael M. Boring, incomprehensible, and pointless movie. 1 stars
3/28/09 Monday Morning The Bond franchise needs to be put down. And Daniel Craig is loathsome. 2 stars
3/27/09 CTT Not bad; features Haggis' patented anti-American BS 4 stars
3/22/09 Tiimothy After the brilliant Casino Royale, this movie was a real let down. 2 stars
2/28/09 Steve Absolutely blew me away. One of the best Bonds. 5 stars
2/28/09 Sam Golden Disappointing beyond belief. First Bond movie that made me want to leave the cinema early 1 stars
2/19/09 craig this movie was missing one crucial ingredient: INVENTIVENESS. 2 stars
2/07/09 Jess Little plot, all action. Needn't have been Bond at all. Waste of my time! 1 stars
1/27/09 pin Good action, well acted, better than reviewed. 4 stars
1/25/09 matt badly paced and directed. a mediocre action movie than happens to star Bond. 3 stars
1/19/09 Jack Boring & Stupid. These nitwits even ripped-off Goldfinger. What does that tell U? 1 stars
1/16/09 Aesop Stop looking for Brosnan/Dalton/Moore/Connery. This Bond kicks @$$. 5 stars
1/13/09 Jessie I was sorely disappointed. Tried to like it, but failed. everything needed work 1 stars
12/25/08 Justin A real piece of crap. Just a completely stupid waste of time. Why Bond why? 1 stars
12/17/08 Marc N Horrible Bond movie, Daniel Craig looks like a thug not J Bond! 1 stars
12/14/08 WB5MXO Worst Bond movie ever. Choppy,hard to follow and the close up action scenes were very jerky 2 stars
12/13/08 Annie G So incredibly disappointing after CR, I actually felt a little sick. 2 stars
12/11/08 Jack Ryan Total Crap. The fun is gone from Bond. You couldn't pay me to watch it again! 1 stars
12/09/08 s close up of M applying & removing cold creme- WTF 1 stars
12/08/08 James Blonde This movie was ok but, im so sick of shaky/jerky camera action!!! 4 stars
12/07/08 Ian this movie restores purpose and place to the Bond character. cool as hell. 5 stars
12/06/08 Jared Robb Although this wasn't a charming JB movie, it was exciting. Which isn't always good. 3 stars
12/06/08 Steven Gilpin This movie was unbelievably cool. 5 stars
12/05/08 jim Such a disappointment. Did James crack one smile in the entire movie? 2 stars
12/05/08 Jerry Orchard the worst Bodn film ever. Danile Craig please go home, James Bond please come back! 1 stars
12/01/08 Jiz Stealing water from third-world countries? What happened to the GOOD villains? 1 stars
11/30/08 Koitus Ugh... Story was hard to follow; choppy editing for action scenes, too... 1 stars
11/27/08 littlered too "shoot'em up for me" 2 stars
11/24/08 "Big Brother" The DIRECTOR ruined this movie, turned what could've been just passable into plain mediocre 2 stars
11/21/08 aliceinwonderland There is only one word for this movie: BORING 1 stars
11/20/08 Anthony Feor Quantum of Solace, directed by Michael Bay. Did anyone know what was going on? 2 stars
11/20/08 David Hey Louise, don't use big words you do not understand 5 stars
11/19/08 Bnorm I enjoyed this movie I don't really understand this amount of negative reviews 4 stars
11/19/08 mark gibson I really enjoyed it, yeh it messes with the formula but so what! 5 stars
11/19/08 Richard Remington Roger Moore is the only true James Bond,the other ones are all a bunch of clowns! 1 stars
11/17/08 Louise Badly directed, incoherent plot, lame villain - very disappointing! 2 stars
11/17/08 David G A visualy imaginative, thrilling follow up to Casino Royale 4 stars
11/16/08 mr.mike Worth seeing despite a good deal of problems. 4 stars
11/16/08 Chode Pretty lame. 2 stars
11/15/08 Ed Blackwood How to get sea sick in a theater seat 2 stars
11/15/08 Darkstar Lots of action, not as good as Casino Royal. 4 stars
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