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November 2008
QUANTUM OF SOLACE

by Wilson Morales

QUANTUM OF SOLACE


Distributor: Columbia Pictures (Sony), MGM
Director: Marc Forster
Screenwriter: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis
Cinematographer: Roberto Schaefer
Composer: David Arnold
Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, Jesper Christensen, Joaquin Cosio

   













It doesn’t matter what the title of film is, folks will always see a James Bond film. Yet, in this 22nd installment there is a catch: you need to see the previous film to pick up the pace. In the first sequel of the Bond franchise, ‘Quantum of Solace’ packs a lot of punch in a film filled with the usual car chases, stunt driven action scenes and beautiful women.

If you thought there was something missing from ‘Casino Royale’, then this film completes your answers. Daniel Craig returns as James Bond and in ‘Solace’, he is much bolder, less emotional, and more deadly then ever. While the plot gets confusing at times, the film still has the excitement that fans want to see.

Beginning from where ‘Casino Royale’ left off, Bond’s still reeling from the death his girlfriend Vesper and in pursuit of her last boyfriend, who may have had a hand that led to her demise. When clues lead him and his boss M (Judi Dench) to Mr. White, they are left knowing that they can’t trust anyone in their own organization, and that Mr. White and his associates are more dangerous than they expected them to be.

As they traced the background of an MI6 traitor, Bond meets through a case of mistaken identity a feisty and beautiful woman named Camille (Olga Kurylenko) in Haiti; who then introduces Bond to her former lover Dominic Greene (Matthew Amalric), a major player within the organization that Bond is looking for. Little does he know that Camille has her own settle to score with Greene.

Greene seems to be allying himself with an exiled General to form a coup in Bolivia in exchange for his help in securing an isolated land property that contains one the world’s most important natural resources. With other allies such as the CIA, MI6, and other organization at Green’s disposal, Bond has little friends, with the exception of Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), he can trust in his quest to stop him.

If you thought if was a fluke that none of usual James Bond familiarities were in ‘Casino Royale’ and were expecting it to be brought back here, guess again. Director Marc Forster wants this Bond to be as real as possible. No more out-of-this-world gadgets, there is no ‘Bond, James Bond’ line in the film, and his drink is not shaken or stirred. After seeing how well ‘The Bourne Identity’ franchise has done without the over-the-top action sequences, the Bond producers thought it would be best to go in the same route, and have chosen wisely. This is Craig’s Bond. He’s there to do the job, and leaves the emotions are home, and Craig’s bring that to the table. When Bond gets hurt or cut while fighting, the bruises stay on throughout the film where as in previous Bond films, it would have been gone in the next scene.

Kurylenko is the not the typical Bond girl. She’s set in her own way and combative like Bond. Her chemistry with Craig doesn’t feel forced. It’s nice to see Wright reprise his role as Leiter. His story would be an interesting one if a spinoff film were to be greenlit. The only confusing part of the film, like most of the Bond films, is the script. While we know what Greene’s motives are, the initial agenda of Bond is derailed. Nevertheless, with all the action scenes and it’s fast paced setting, ‘Quantum of Solace’ still has enough substance to keep you engaged and happy to see Bond again.