Flying high off the back of Casino Royale, Daniel Craig and co. return with this poorly-titled, somewhat short entry into the annals of Bond history.
The most glaring sore point is the weak, badly executed plot. We follow a businessman backing a Bolivian coup in return for the nation’s water supply. It seems like something for a larger authority to get involved with rather than a semi-rogue super spy. This feels like a real MI6 operation, and a dull one at that.
Quantum of Solace was made during the writer’s strike and Craig himself has admitted that he had to co-write much of it with the director, the two making it up as they went along. This is a reasonable excuse but obviously it doesn’t make it a better story.
There’s a lot of action packed into the film. None of it really serves any real purpose other than to distract from the fact nothing is happening; but some of the sequences are really quite entertaining so in a way this tactic pays off! The opening car chase is a like-it-or-loathe it pastiche of a Bourne film; it’s a brash start and at least it tries to make some sort of statement. There’s just something missing there though and things quickly become confusing instead of enthralling.
The opera scene is also noteworthy, it’s a cool idea and Craig’s smug superiority fits the moment. As he uncovers the members of an illegal organisation one by one, it’s satisfying to see they have been rumbled. Unfortunately like the rest of the film it starts with a bang and ends with a whimper, the scene not really going anywhere.
There are some good central performances as usual. Daniel Craig has successfully put his own spin on Bond now and makes you want to see anything he does. Judi Dench gets a little more to do than last time. Olga Kurylenko is exotic enough to fit the bill but doesn’t actually get anything to do. It’s a shame that the only Bond girl who doesn’t sleep with Bond should be so wishy-washy. Gemma Arterton suffers a similar fate although she does manage to give some extra depth to her limited role.
The same can be said for the villain, who is so unremarkable it’s hard to remember what role he actually plays. The idea is supposed to be that Bond is up against a ‘normal’ bad guy, which is ‘real’ and therefore scary but it doesn’t actually make it any more menacing, just boring.
Quantum of Solace isn’t a particularly bad Bond film compared to some of the dreck we’ve seen so far, but just when Casino Royale showed us that the franchise was beginning to take a fresh start; this is a step in the wrong direction. It’s a film like no other in the series, and Craig is always a joy to watch, but otherwise this is a forgettable moment in Bond’s history.
Where is the class? Bond is usually about spectacle but it's also about the escapism provided by it's character's charm, poise and elegance. The director didn't get the memo and just filled the movie with action sequences sometimes too fast to enjoy. And Gemma Arterton's character just seems to have phoned in because Bond has to have sex with someone! What other purpose did she serve?! Vesper's allusions grow tiresome because they sound like an annoying reminder to an inner conflict that Bond needed to have in order for the movie not to seem a straightforward action movie. But it is. In short, a person who watched this as the very first 007 would ask: "What's so special about James Bond? This is just another generic action/spectacle movie...". Sadly, that person would be right...
There are some individual moments that work, but this is overall a mess.The story is hard to follow, the new characters aren’t interesting or memorable, and as many have pointed out: the editing sucks.Just watch the airplane chase in this film and the one in Mission Impossible: Fallout back to back, and look at the difference in clarity, camera placement, choreography, creativity in the action beats; it’s a night and day difference.Even the cinematography and music are nowhere near as good as in Casino Royale.
Daniel Craig elevates the script a lot, because without him this would mostly feel like a haphazard attempt to rip off the Bourne franchise.Normally I’d add Judi Dench to the list of positives, but M has one of the dumbest scenes I’ve ever seen in a Bond film here.A little context for the scene: James Bond has been a too violent and agressive, the CIA wants him, so M comes over to have Bond arrested.What happens next? Well, James Bond knocks M’s agents out after he’s handcuffed, M and James meet again, and M’s cool with Bond because he’s “my agent, and I trust him.”…..I guess he wasn’t her agent 30 seconds earlier?Moreover, why would anyone fly to the other side of the world in order to ‘arrest’ their agent, if they don’t want that to happen?I know why: because they wanted to create a dramatic beat.But it doesn’t feel earned, and because the movie’s full of moments like that, most viewers will at least subconsciously feel that this isn’t working on a dramatic level.
This movie gets better and better with every viewing. It has a great opening, the best bond, the best two bond girls, the Opera scene is as close to perfect as you can get, the ending is also near perfect, and there are numerous sections of this movie that are stellar. really the big problem with this movie is that it feels like it's telling 8 different stories. if you think about it, all of the various sections relate really well but it undeniably feels fractured. Still an amazing flick though
Daniel Craig is fantastic again as James Bond. His rough and tumble portrayal of 007 has totally revitalized the franchise. "Quantum of Solace" picks up exactly where "Casino Royale" left off. The viewer gets dropped into a high-speed chase and things never really slow down for the remainder of the film.
This movie is not as good as its predecessor but it still is solid and there are some great sequences. I really liked Bond's interruption of an opera where he manages to out members of the environmental terrorist group. But the leader of that particular group is where the movie suffers. Lead villain Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) is more of an annoying little weasel who double-crossed a lot of his partners. He's not the usual grand scale Bond baddie and that's what missing. The ending sequence in the desert seems long and for all of its explosions, it's kind of a yawner.
I did enjoy "Quantum of Solace" mostly on the strength of Craig's performance as 007.
Quantum of Solace is the sequel to the blockbuster Casino Royale in the James Bond series and starts where the first part finishes. With jaw-dropping car chases, immaculate gunfights, and hand-to-hand fight choreography, Daniel Craig remains a splendid Bond, one of the best. He is handsome, agile, muscular, dangerous. Everything but talkative. The screenplay is fast-paced compared to Casino Royale and the Cinematography around Europe is stunning throughout. Olga Kurylenko is brilliant as the support to Craig and they both deliver great chemistry too. Overall, the casino Royale was a tad bit better than this one.
“Quantum of Solace” felt like a generic action flick, but it’s enjoyable nevertheless. Although not as stylishly executed, it picks up on the gritty mood of “Casino Royale” with a double revenge story mixed with vague geopolitical subterfuges. The action scenes are alright, even though the fast-cut editing gets extremely confusing at times.
Good sequel showing a vulnerable Bond shocked by the death and betrayal of his loved one
Been doing a re-watch of Cragi's bond films - really enjoyed this after Casino Royale. Especially after Casino Royale that was much longer, and had great slow pacing. This one has a ton of amazing action scenes and a crazy surround track with a ton of boom.
Initially I see my rating was 6. I last watched it in 2012 - I've upped it to 8. How tastes change. This was a newer HDR presentation with a much better sound system though - so perhaps the boom suited the viewing environment.
The is some decent action but a bad plot, boring villain, too much editing and a bland bond girl make this one of the lesser Bond movies.
After a strong opening film in Casino Royale, Craig's second outing as Bond treads where few Bond films have gone and sets itself out as a direct sequel to the previous one, starting immediately after it's final scene. Both Craig and Judi Dench are the highlight of a plot that becomes a little confusing as Bond searches for clues regarding the organisation responsible for his lover's death. Whilst the theme of revenge has been dealt with before in a Bond film, this has the added value of an emotional connection for the audience to the characters in the previous film. Sadly the film is let down by some very poor action sequences, which offer little in the way of ingenuity, ranging from bland to mimicking the style of action seen in the Bourne films. The title song is also atrocious. Worth seeing though as a follow up to Casino Royale!
An underrated Bond film. People like to make fun of the title. Whatevs. I'll admit the script was hurt by the strike, they did what they could, it's the shortest Bond film and Craig's least successful outing. I still like it, and a revisit is always worth it for the GREAT song, and that motorcycle flip Bond does in the beginning. So badass.
James Bond versus Nestlé, featuring: greenwashing, offhand showing the CIA being terrorists, and only a little unintelligible British mumble acting. Possibly the only Bond film made, even to date, that has what counts as meaningful commentary on the geopolitical and economic events it sensationalizes. I have to admit, I came away unimpressed upon my initial viewing in theatres, and I can chock that up to my own ignorance of the world. I just re-watched it, and I have to say it may be the best executed Bond film of the ~15 I've seen. I'll have to re-watch Skyfall, but this may actually be the best all-around Bond film.
The reality of the plot seems to have mirrored the backdrop of real world power structures too much for audiences to have appreciated it, ironically enough, given how high stakes the reality is, but I can't point to any particular flaw in the plot or script, which is nearly unheard of (perhaps the mention about running out of oil, but that will still happen eventually, and people thought it was more imminent around 2008.) It's very tight, and that's something that the extremely bloated Bond films have needed since the sixties. People may have complaints about the action, though I'm not sure why. Action scenes have always been the downfall of the pacing for most Bond films in my experience, but this film neatly opens and intersperses the plot with them instead of having the entire film overtaken by laboriously long and tedious action scenes and, followed by the perennial favorite of "Bond gets captures, but the villain doesn't kill him for ~reasons~", which was thankfully absent here.
I can't help but think this would have fared better and been memed instead of forgotten, had it been released ten years later.
This film aged like fine wine in my opinion as it is so much better than I remember it being, the story is actually fairly solid and well-directed by Marc Forster who is not a super well-known director but he handled the action really well but not as good as Casino Royale or Skyfall.
I think the reason this film feels every better now if firstly I recommend watching straight after Casino Royale which shows it is actually a perfect continuation and also the bond lady is probably one of the strongest in the entire franchise as she is not a romantic interest and yet you find you love every moment between Olga Kurylenko (Camille Montes) and Daniel Craig (James Bond) who proves he is definitive as the character and loves the franchise.
The fact that this film is much better than I remembered and knowing it was made during the writing strike, just makes me love it more and more.
Give it a second chance.
I was a huge fan of Casino Royale when the Daniel Craig reboot happened. When this film was released, it was advertised as a direct followup so I remember watching CR again and then heading straight the cinema to watch QoS. In my mind I've always therefore seen this is a direct continuation - the Extended version of Casino Royale, so to speak...
As a standalone, it's not the best action thriller. It's a bit light on script and heavy on set-pieces. As a Bond film, I've seen worse in the Roger Moore and latter Connery days. But as a continuation of Casino Royale, it works well.
I'll rate it as a standalone and give it a solid...
the camera work and editing are terrible
:heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart::heart: - Not a bad film, but doesn't truly feel like a Bond film.
Here's how my rating system works:10:heart:- Masterpiece :100: 9:heart:- Excellent 8:heart: - Amazing :ok_hand: 7:heart:- Great :sun_with_face:6:heart: - Good :thumbsup: 5:heart: - Average :head_bandage:4:heart: - Bad but watchable :octagonal_sign:3:heart: - Bad :sob:2:heart:- Awful :face_vomiting:1:heart: - Bull Shit :zzz:
This isn't a bad movie by any means but after "Casino Royale" set the bar very high it was a bit of let down. Despite having all the ingredients I never really felt I watch a Bond movie. I can't explain it but something felt off. I like Craig's Bond very much. The rawness and solitude his Bond displays. He's a wrecking ball instead of a scalpell at this point. His motivations are understandable and relatable. He feels human despite practicall being invincible. I felt this movie had too much action for actions sake. Especially at the beginning you hardly had time to breath as one sequence chased the next. Which didn't leave much room to establish the story. And that's the biggest issue - the story. Too busy, too much cramped into a movie that is already among the shortest Bonds. Green didn't made a great villain. He was just boring. Olga Kurylenko's character was rather flat. She seemed more like an apendix than an integral part of the story. And did I mention the theme song ? No ? because it's that awfull.
The good stuff ? Judi Dench - once more. I do like her very much in this role. She took it and made it her own. And that's not taking anything away from her predecessors. Stunts are once more top notch but like mentioned above a bit too many.
The "Goldfinger" hommage scene with Gemma Arterton was nice. Especially since the did that one in oil. And one thing I noticed right at the beginning: I remember reading the press making fun of Craig that he got an automatic Aston in "Casino Royale". Writing that this Bond can't shift. Well the director seemed to making very clear this time that Bond can drive stick.
I thought it was better than when I saw it in the cinema, it's good, the problem is that the previous one is very good.
Not bad but not good either. Just ok, Daniel Craig as james is good as always but everything else is kinda mid.
This should win the award "fastest cutting ever in a film". Setting your playback speed to 0.5 is advised!Those action scenes are so rapidly cut that I bet they just used still images someone took on his phone because the main camera wasn't rolling. You can't see shit!!! In the fight scene where Bond (maybe?) was hanging from a cable is so gorram messy that you can simply look away, listen to the crashing, shooting and bursting sounds, and when the final shot was fired, you look back at the screen, see Bond looking in his straight face as if nothing has happened, and you know exactly what happened during the last eight minutes. Seriously, this is horrific editing. Even in calm moments, there are occasional cuts from one person to the other that are so fast that you barely notice it. The story might have been nice and the actual scenery and set design might have been really cool, but you simply can't see them! Particularly poor.
Over the last few years both the movie (and it’s theme song) have really grown on me .
This might be my favorite of the Bond films. I believe it is the most artistic of them all. The cinematography and the editing in particular. Beautiful movie.
A quantum of entertainment would've been nice.Story: 4...what is happening, who is that, what is the evil plot, oh I don't care. A little more character development for James thoughScript: 5Performances: 6Misc.: 4...the last action sequence is absurd and over-the-top, even by 007 standardaInfluence: 3...one of the most forgettable in the franchiseOverall: 5
Great cast and that's about it. Confusing script and awful quick cuts editing, plus shaky cam make the action scenes unwatchable. Preamble to Taken 3
The James Bond Films1 Eon films 1.1 Dr. No (1962) https://trakt.tv/movies/dr-no-19621.2 From Russia with Love (1963) https://trakt.tv/movies/from-russia-with-love-19631.3 Goldfinger (1964) https://trakt.tv/movies/goldfinger-19641.4 Thunderball (1965) https://trakt.tv/movies/thunderball-19651.5 You Only Live Twice (1967) https://trakt.tv/movies/you-only-live-twice-19671.6 On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) https://trakt.tv/movies/on-her-majesty-s-secret-service-19691.7 Diamonds Are Forever (1971) https://trakt.tv/movies/diamonds-are-forever-19711.8 Live and Let Die (1973) https://trakt.tv/movies/live-and-let-die-19731.9 The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) https://trakt.tv/movies/the-man-with-the-golden-gun-19741.10 The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) https://trakt.tv/movies/the-spy-who-loved-me-19771.11 Moonraker (1979) https://trakt.tv/movies/moonraker-19791.12 For Your Eyes Only (1981) https://trakt.tv/movies/for-your-eyes-only-19811.13 Octopussy (1983) https://trakt.tv/movies/octopussy-19831.14 A View to a Kill (1985) https://trakt.tv/movies/a-view-to-a-kill-19851.15 The Living Daylights (1987) https://trakt.tv/movies/the-living-daylights-19871.16 Licence to Kill (1989) https://trakt.tv/movies/licence-to-kill-19891.17 GoldenEye (1995) https://trakt.tv/movies/goldeneye-19951.18 Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) https://trakt.tv/movies/tomorrow-never-dies-19971.19 The World Is Not Enough (1999) https://trakt.tv/movies/the-world-is-not-enough-19991.20 Die Another Day (2002) https://trakt.tv/movies/die-another-day-20021.21 Casino Royale (2006) https://trakt.tv/movies/casino-royale-20061.22 Quantum of Solace (2008) https://trakt.tv/movies/quantum-of-solace-20081.23 Skyfall (2012) https://trakt.tv/movies/skyfall-20121.24 Spectre (2015) https://trakt.tv/movies/spectre-20151.25 No Time to Die (2021) https://trakt.tv/movies/no-time-to-die-2021
2 Non-Eon films 2.1 Casino Royale (1967) https://trakt.tv/movies/casino-royale-19672.2 Never Say Never Again (1983) https://trakt.tv/movies/never-say-never-again-1983
An all time low for Daniel Craig.
This isn't Bond, just some generic boring action flick.
"Bond, if you could avoid killing every possible lead, it would be deeply appreciated."
"Bond, if you could avoid killing every possible lead, it would be deeply appreciated."
In a way, I do appreciate this sequel because it gives Bond closure from Casino Royale. The intro is great, and I really thought we were getting more of what we got in the first film, but it doesn't happen. It might be the worst in Craig's series.
better than people will have you believe. the action scenes are still enjoyable and it closes the Vesper storyline.
After seeing Casino Royale a few months ago, I realized something, there is a big re-imagining of the James Bond series. James Bond is now more serious, a little darker, and has a lot more edge. I grew up with the 007 films, my mom and I watched them together all the time, they were always a blast to watch. Now I'm grown up and Daniel Craig is the new James Bond and he is so cool and smooth, he's taken on a very charismatic Bond, he'd make Sean Connery proud. Quantum of Solace is the very first James Bond movie that is actually a sequel, it continues right where Casino Royale took off, so there is no off set when it comes to the story. The action is jam packed, I loved a lot of the action/fight scenes incredibly, but I'd say it's a notch below Casio Royale since the director didn't seem to know how to edit well in those sequences, because I don't know about you, but I couldn't tell what was going on or who was getting hit. But the story is a great continence to Casino Royale.
Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, Bond and M interrogate Mr White who reveals the organization which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined. Forensic intelligence links an Mi6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille, a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene, a ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious organization.
Quantum of Solace is completely worth the watch, it was a lot of fun, it has it's small flaws. I think the editing just could have been a little better, like I said, some scenes go so fast that you can barely keep your head on from turning side by side. Daniel Craig is a great Bond, he is still incredibly cool to watch. However, Olga Kurylenko, pretty girl, but not exactly the most interesting "Bond Girl", nothing about her really stood out to me, so I hope they'll do better the next film. However, I did enjoy Quantum of Solace, it's a great action film and an excellent addition to the Bond series.
My score: 8/10.
Quantum of Solace lacks not only the fun but also the emotional depth of its predecessor.
I have not watched many 007 movies — only Goldeneye and Casino Royale. I don’t know if these ones starred by Daniel Craig represent the essence of the franchise, or if they are the heyday. Anyway, I just don’t think this franchise is for me.
The opening scene with the theme song is always cool. However, the first real scene, where Bond is chasing some guy didn’t connect with me.The camera shakes too much to a point where we cannot see what’s happening. And the cuts, oh my god, why so many of them, really! I think that every half second we get a cut to another angle. I believe they did all of this as an attempt to make the action more dynamic in the way the Bourne franchise did. Unfortunately, in this one the results are not good. It only makes everything not believable and my head ache.
I don’t like the cinematography as well, the color palette that’s used in these movies with Craig doesn’t really fit with the atmosphere and story they are telling. But hey, that’s just my opinion, I don’t know shit.
Now into the plot of the film. It’s not good either, not even close. The whole story is so confusing, it creates several unnecessary conflict and situations in order to makes things a little harder and supposedly more interesting (what the hell is that firewall dialog by the U.S. agents, it doesn’t make any sense). What bothers me is that there are moments where we could use some explanation of how something did happen and we don’t get it. There’s a twist every twenty minutes, which is really annoying. Also, there’s so much happening in this movie that makes the film so dragged on. The pacing is really bad, although the duration of Quantum of Solace is about 1h50min, it felt like at least the double.Which reminds me of something, why does the film gets this title? I must’ve been sleeping during the movie or something like that because I simply didn’t get it. I guess that only the word “quantum” was used in the movie and maaaybe two times, three at the best. What is Quantum of Solace and what does that have to do with the plot?
About the cast, it is good. Craig represents James Bond to me, I like him. The supporting cast is ok. I’d like to know how did M get to the position she is now. Because man, she never knows anything about what’s happening and doesn’t act as well. In the beginning of the movie, her and Bond are betrayed and while Bond chases the guy, the man they are interrogating is left on the ground and obviously escapes, cause M just desperately lefts running away. She’s an agent, she’s been trained and she’s got be super badass to get where she is, how does she act like this?Not only that, in every movie she suspects 007 turned to the dark side and puts him on ground. 007 is the agent she should trust the most, if she doesn’t trust him, just fire him already.
What’s the point of Gemma Arterton’s character? She appears for fifteen minutes and serves just as a way so the film can get from point A to point B. She’s just there to help Bond and get him laid, after that’s done, they kill her. What a waste by the writers.And I did not understand why Mathis went in this adventure with Bond, leaving his nice home in Italy and even worse: how did he trust a “friend” of his that is an army general of Bolivia where one of the villains of the movie practically owns the country.
Overall, it’s not terrible, but it is bad. Watching these two movies with Daniel Craig just made me want to watch Mission Impossible or John Wick.
It was bound to be tough to match the runaway success of Casino Royale, but this doesn't even seem to make an effort. As generic action pictures go, it's fine: the screen is well-stocked with explosions, cars and women, and the production is extremely stylish. It does assume quite a lot of the viewer in terms of remembering names, faces and circumstances from the preceding chapter, but as a direct sequel much of that can be forgiven.
Solace's major flaw - and, as a Bond picture, this is utterly unforgivable - is that it routinely gets caught up in dull, blasé situations and lingers. A long stretch near the end of the second act damn near put me to sleep, and the plot never seems like it's too concerned about where it's going, nor does Bond himself. Several action scenes had potential (the flick is fully equipped with chases by land, sea and air) but the director is so head-over-heels for Bourne-styled handheld shots that he completely smothers us with them.
Daniel Craig rarely gets the chance to shine in this chapter, his foil seems overmatched and insubstantial, and the big payoff at the end comes off as a cheap, hollow moral victory. Underwhelming all around, and completely lacking in the grins and winks that gave previous films in the series their character.
In a rarity among Bond films, Quantum of Solace serves as a direct sequel to Casino Royale, and works to enrich and develop this new Bond series. Following the death of Vesper, Bond seeks to hunt down the clandestine organization responsible. Daniel Craig delivers a captivating performance that gives the Bond character more emotional depth than any previous incarnation has. And the action is exceptionally well paced; the film never lags or gets cluttered with superfluous chases. Quantum of Solace is a fantastic film that shows the promise and potential of this new Bond series.
it's even worse than Craig's casino royale. actually non of the Craig Bond movies were that good.
This Follow Up James Bond FilmWas Spectacular Loved it
They Picked up The Pace.. Nice Interesting Plot. I dislike the writing.. But still managed to get a 8/10 while Casino Royale got a 7/10
It may not be a great Bond movie, but it most definitely is a Bond movie, and a damn good night out at the pictures.
So fun fact, this is the shortest length Bond film in the whole franchise. I think I'm glad that is the case. This one doesn't outright suck. It has no incredibly dumb things going on. Instead we just get a bunch of super shaking cam fight scenes and boring plot. I don't like that they follow the previous film too closely instead of simply having Bond go on a new mission. The last film tied up just fine, no need to elaborate on that.
But whatever, you'll probably enjoy yourself just fine while this is on. Then you'll forget a lot of it in a month or two.
One of the most stylish Bond movies ever with a lot of action. Unfortunately it also features one of the worst Bond girls IMHO and THE worst Bond title song ever. Additionally the plot is rather obscure and the ending very disappointing (which is sad, because the middle part was great, the beginning even excellent!). The other thing I didn't like was that Bond has shot thousands of bullets at him and can easily duck from them (it isn't as bad as in the Brosnan movies but I hope the next Bond movie will be a lot different concerning this shortcoming).
All in all it is a good and entertaining watch!
Dismal and unexciting. This time around, Bond's biggest adversaries are those behind the camera. The 2007-2008 Hollywood strike clearly left its marks on this movie: there are some great action sequences in the movie but at times, you feel you can see the character - and by proxy the writers - actually thinking, "But, what now?".