November 14, 2008 Quantum of Solace
Studio: MGM Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sexual content.
Daniel Craig returns for the second time as Ian Fleming's super secret agent James Bond 007 in "Quantum of Solace."
Picking up right where "Casino Royale" left off, Bond is devastated by the death of his lover Vesper Lynd. He seeks vengeance against a shadowy organization named Quantum which he believes is responsible.
In Bond's sights is billionaire environmentalist Dominic Green (Mathieu Almaric). He has a plan to cause mayhem in South America. But he's also trying to get rid of his lover, Camille (Olga Kurylenko). She's using Green for her own quest for revenge. Bond and Camille come together and find their goals take them down the same road.
As Bond's mission continues, the body count rises. The British government and his boss M (Judi Dench) try to bring Bond in and shut him down. But he avoids his fellow agent, keeps M's trust and stays on the trail of the bad guys. It all leads to the middle of a Bolivian desert, with Bond and Camille desperately trying to find some type of closure for their emotional pain.
While "Quantum of Solace" is a solid movie, it suffers in comparison to "Casino Royale." But you can't fault the new new film's action sequences. They are breathtaking as Bond battles the bad guys on the road, on the water and in the air.
On the other hand, the story is a little thin. Green's mad plot to gain control over critical resources really never gets explored. He's not very menacing. Instead, he feels more like the middleman of a real estate deal and turns out to be an average Bond villain. And while beautiful, Kurylenko doesn't have much chemistry with Bond. Camille and the secret agent may be partners in mayhem but a connection between them never develops. I suppose the "Bond girl" of the film is Gemma Arterton's MI-6 local agent Strawberry Fields. But her role feels tacked on. Serving as Bond's token bedroom conquest she feels like an afterthought.
Despite its flaws, overall this is a good movie. But it is the action which carries the picture. That's not a bad thing but it doesn't elevate the story the greatness. Instead, you have just enough time to catch your breath from the last confrontation before Bond is at it again. I would have liked a little more character and depth, but I'll have to wait for the next Bond outing for that.
On my rating scale, "Quantum of Solace" earns a Triple.
THE SIMPSONS Tonight at 8:00 PM The Saga of Carl; Dangers on a Train
When Homer, Moe, Lenny and Carl win the lottery, Carl takes off to Iceland with all the money; Marge mistakenly signs up for a website for married people looking for extramarital relationships