Not quite Bond-ing
Quantum Of Solace is quite a lot like Timothy Dalton’s Licence To Kill (1989) (where Bond is on a personal vendetta on the people who killed Felix's wife and injured Felix as well, and also saves a country of the world). Here Daniel Craig is set to find all about the mysterious Vesper Lynd, his girl-friend for a short while (seen in the movie Casino Royale).
Bond starts with Mr. White (again seen in Casino Royale) and then he goes on finding more people (including some insiders) connected to the case The trail takes him to Haiti, Austria (where a conference of the villains takes place while watching a play) and then to Bolivia and Chile. Bond eliminates most of who comes in his way and also the case, and becomes the reason of the wrath of M and her country. So, Bond nearly loses his Licence to kill.
The other revenge story is that of Camille (Olga Kurylenko), whose parents were killed by (the now exiled) General Medrano of Bolivia. Olga leads Bond to the Villain-in-chief, Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) who plans to take control of an important natural resource, in Bolivia.
From Casino Royale, the attempt of the writers to introduce a new Bond and also newer kind of Bond film. This one is unfortunately not up to the mark. It reminds of the pale Licence To Kill (often in the top 3 in the Poll of the Weakest Bond film) and lacks an interesting plot, breath-taking locations or sequences or even a hot Bond girl(s). The other lady, Gemma Artherton playing Agent Fields, is reduced to just a couple of scenes and others nothing much (except a bare back) to Bond or the film.
One other fault of the script- Bond is never under pressure or hardly in captivity. Thus there is never that extra effort required for Bond (or the audience to feel empathy for him)
The film starts with a Bang!
Mountainous terrain car chase – city terrain car & bike chase – running, jumping & climbing chase (reminds one of the great Casino Royale sequence) – boat chase sequence, aircraft chase sequence – Bond does all. But the WOW is missing.
The stunts are good, but now Bond has to compete with Die Hard 4, Spiderman 3, The Dark Knight, Wanted, Shoot-em-up et all. The stunts are not that BIG. Bond of 2008 suffers the same as Indy 2008 and Mummy 2008 – not being able to better the earlier ones.
Craig is good, Olga is good looking no doubts, but lacks the charisma. The rest of the cast are just about OK.
One point about Judi Dench (and M’s character) – why does she always have to misunderstand Bond, and come up with the same kind of expressions.
Frankly speaking, the Bond theme and the title sequence is the worst I have seen ever. I couldn’t understand the concept, except that they showed sand (and sand comes for a very small section of the film). I don’t see any future for the song.
Best Sequence – Bond chase Mitchel in Sienna, Italy
Best Bond Moment – Bond “intervenes” in the “Conference” in Bregenz, Austria
Best Line – M thanks Bond when she hears that Bond didn’t kill someone
QOS is not in the league of the Best of Bond but is watchable at least once. Don’t expect the world and you won’t be disappointed.
I Rate It - 2.5 on 5