Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Action Quantum of Solace (2008)

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Bond is back for his second film that departures from the formulaic movies that came before it. As different as it is from it’s predecessors, it does have things in common with the franchise, as in Bond driving an Aston Martin, bedding beautiful woman, and drinking martinis.

Daniel Craig reprises his role as James Bond in the 22nd movie of the franchise.  Starring alongside Craig is Olga Kurylendo as Camille, and Judi Dench reprising her role as M. As usual with Bond films, this is an action film that takes you around the world from Italy to Haiti to Bolivia.

I must let you know that in order to understand Bond’s motivations and key elements of the movie, you must have seen the previous Bond movie Casino Royale; as it is a direct sequel.

The movie starts off with an exciting car chase sequence that picks up immediately after the previous movie’s ending.  This sets the stage for Bond to go after the people responsible for the death of his former lover. The main antagonist Dominic Greene is played by Mathlieu Amalricis.  Greene is the CEO of philanthropic corporation that actually takes advantage of the environment for profit.

During the course of film Bond is very aggressive and violent, which M does not like because he is motivated by revenge and taking the mission personal. This however makes for very entertaining action sequences that range from foot and boat chases to falling through a giant sinkhole from a plane.

Overall, the film is very enjoyable and is a great addition to the Bond film series. The acting is adequate by all the main characters. The locations with the occasional action sequence keep the film fresh.  It’s a good action film debut for director Marc Forster, who is known for directing Monster’s Ball and Finding Neverland. I do hope they continue this trend of Bond films as they are more believable than previous iterations.  I give this film a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Runtime: 106 minutes

Rated: PG-13

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