Quantum of Solace – 2 stars (didn’t like it)

quantum of solaceMaybe it’s because I just did not care enough, but “Quantum of Solace” made no sense to me. An organization exists that everyone knows exists but no one knows the name of the organization or who runs it or how many members it has. In fact the only thing anyone seems to know about it is that they know nothing about it. Then suddenly at the end of the movie, James Bond (Daniel Craig) mentions its name – Quantum. When did he find this out? No one seems to know or care – especially the makers of the film.

“Quantum of Solace” was one giant excuse to put James Bond in as many roof, hotel, car and plane chases as possible. The plot was thrown in to keep it from being a silent film. It is one of the most confusing and contrived movies that I have ever seen. To even try and explain the plot would give me a migraine. The action scenes were almost as confusing as the plot with an average shot length just above a nanosecond. All of the humor and innuendo of the Bond franchise seems to have been tossed to the wayside in order to capitalize on the Bourne franchise formula and success. But James Bond is not Jason Bourne and we don’t want him to be.

This movie is a perfect example of the Hollywood mentality: what movie/movies have been successful recently and how can we cash in on it? By copying them, of course. James Bond is one of the most beloved characters and franchises in movie history, but Hollywood has managed to forget this and conform it to their cash cow mentality. I don’t blame Daniel Craig or Judi Dench (M) or Olga Kurylenko (Camille) or Giancarlo Giannini (Rene Mathis) or Mathieu Amalric (Dominic Greene). They all did the best they could with the material that they were given which leads us to the writers (Neal Purvis, Paul Haggis and Robert Wade) and director (Marc Forster).

What happened with this movie? This group of filmmakers should not have messed this movie up as bad as they did. These men have made movies that are good. Movies like “Monster’s Ball,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Finding Neverland,” “In the Valley of Elah,” “Crash,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “Flags of Our Fathers,” etc. So how is that the men responsible for these wonderful films made such a disappointing Bond movie? The dialogue was arbitrary. The action sequences were confusing and conducive to seizing. The sexual tension and innuendo commonplace in the Bond movies was inexplicably missing. There were no over-the-top gadgets or vehicles. It was all very…plain. And if James Bond is anything, it’s not plain.

It’s clear that there were obvious missteps and mistakes in “Quantum of Solace.” It’s just unexplainable how they happened – especially with writers and directors that we know are talented filmmakers. I think it all comes down to the studios. Hollywood studios fight tooth and nail to reach the top of the box office charts and, in order to do so, they often “borrow” from other successful franchises. Movies like the Bourne trilogy or “The Transporter” series are all studio responses to the Bond franchise. So how did the producers or studio heads forget that “Quantum of Solace” was a Bond movie and not one of their carbon-copy rip-offs? I don’t know the answer, but I do know that if you are in the mood for a Bond movie, skip this one and go rent “Goldfinger.”

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 105 minutes

Starring: Daniel Craig (James Bond); Olga Kurylenko (Camille); Mathieu Amalric (Dominic Greene); Judi Dench (M); Giancarlo Giannini (Rene Mathis)

Directed by: Marc Forster; written by Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, and Robert Wade based on a character by Ian Fleming; produced by Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. A Sony Pictures release.


~ by reeltoreel on October 27, 2009.

12 Responses to “Quantum of Solace – 2 stars (didn’t like it)”

  1. Dude, and during all the mindless action, Bond accomplishes/learns nothing. By the end he just seems to give up and kills the bad guy (whom he could have killed if he’d wanted to at any time since the start of the movie). Not only a bad movie, but I guess Bond is now the worst spy ever. What the hey.

  2. The over-the-top gadgets that you refer to sum up all that went wrong with the franchise. By the end of Pierce Brosnan’s reign the character had been a joke, he was as much a caricature as Austin Powers. Looking back Brosnan only actually made one decent Bond film, his first one. His last effort Die Another Day ranks along side Moonraker as the worst Bond Movies ever. Something had to be done, taking the film back closer to the books with a more gritty brooding character was perfect and worked in Casino Royale, one of the best bond films. Whilst Quantum of Solace fell a long was short of Casino Royale it still has redeeming features. It is beautifully shot and has some great action scenes.

    • Yeah, Brosnan’s Bond was a joke. He just didn’t have that “it” quality that it takes to play him. Thomas Crown he can pull off. James Bond, not so much. And I do agree that QOS was beautifully shot. I’ve never wanted to visit a desert as much as when I watched the movie. The action scenes were ok – too chopped up and quick-cut for my tastes. Overall, not one of the best films of the Bond canon.

  3. I’m not a movie critic, but QoS was hot garbage. Such a letdown following Casino Royale.

  4. Hi, just found your blog and thought I comment on one of my fave franchises. This was a let down for me as well, for much of the reasons you mentioned. I had such high hopes as Casino Royale blew me away despite my initial reservations about Craig. Not only that, with Marc Forster/Paul Haggis combination, how could this be a bad movie??

    I’m with Fandango that I’m don’t need over-the-top gadgets to enjoy a Bond flick, but there still need to be that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that makes it memorable, y’know. There were some great action scenes but overall it was just blah.

    • “Blah” perfectly sums up Quantum of Solace. It wasn’t memorably bad in any particular way and it definitely wasn’t good in any way. Overall just very blah.

      And thanks for checking out my blog! I appreciate the comment!

  5. Well, sure, it definitely wasn’t the best Bond movie ever, but it does make sense. It’s in the title, Quantum of SOLACE. This movie was Bond’s way of getting over what happened in Casino Royale.

  6. Well I don’t remember much of the film itself (not sure if that means it sucked that bad or I just didn’t care about it much) but I have to say Daniel Craig played a great Bond. I honestly think he was the best, its just a shame that the scripts and such aren’t as good as they could have been.

    That said, I think I liked Casino Royale a lot more. Great movie the first one was.

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