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Quantum of Solace
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Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Columbia Pictures/MGM
Web Site: www.007.com
Kiddie Movie: Only if you want them to be government spies who sleep with lots of women.
Date Movie: She might like Daniel Craig with his shirt off, but you might want to prep her with the "Casino Royale" synopsis.
Gratuitous Sex: James sleeps in the Fields.
Gratuitous Violence: There's a lot of it, though they keep it PG-13.
Action: See "Violence."
Laughs: You get a chuckle.
Memorable Scene: Sadly, it's totally obvious how the desert hotel will blow up.
Memorable Quote: "I don't give a shit about the CIA."
Directed By: Marc Forster
Produced By: Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli

Quantum of Solace
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:45 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I hate to admit it, even as a movie reviewer, but when a movie is done and the review is written, unless itís a movie I want to live forever in a memory, I tend to do my best to forget the movie, sort of forget who was in it, and try to purge it from my brain so that there is new room for something else to occupy those previously occupied synapses of my mind. So, with "Casino Royale," which I liked okay enough, I forgot most of the plot of that movie, which was bad because "Quantum of Solace" worked its best to intermix the continuation of "CasinoÖ" into a new film. Even my BFF said, "Maybe they should have given a quick recap of the last movie at the beginning of this one," just to remind folks of why James Bond is pissed.

They didnít, and for the life of me I spent some of "Quantum of Solace" trying to remember exactly how Vesper screwed over Bond.

In any case, Daniel Craig is back as James Bond, and heís out for revenge. Somehow his revenge leads him to the Quantum folks, especially thanks to Camille (Olga Kurylenko, and no, she doesn't get naked) who offers him a ride. The problem now is that as much as James is hot on the heels of a strange takeover of Bolivia, or at least some kind of natural resource, he has gotten into a bad habit of killing every lead that progresses his search. M (Judi Dench as her usually great self) is pissed at James' killing everyone, but still, in her heart, knows he might really be onto something, only her superiors are somehow involved with Dominic (Mathieu Amalric), or at least his business ventures, and Jamesí meddling in Dominicís business affairs arenít sitting too well with the higher-ups.

So, there are a ton of chases, people are dying all over the place, somehow Bolivia plays into the future of the world, but sadly all of it just seems like an excuse to have James Bond in chase scene after chase scene, perpetually seeing someone who is after him, and instead of mixing James growing in his shell to become a slick agent, "Quantum of Solace" turned into a movie almost always about action scenes and not so much about the chess game of the terrorist world.

Sure, James does his best to get over Vesper by sleeping with Agent Fields (thatís Strawberry Fields [Gemma Arterton] to you), there is sort of an ode to "Goldfinger" with a killing, though this time it is with black gold, and for the ladies, Daniel Craig takes off his shirt to show his chiseled body. The thing is, at least for me, is this: For my review of "Casino Royale" I mentioned that the folks of the James Bond franchise might have learned a thing or two from the new, "Bourne Identity" franchise, making "Casino Royale" a fresher look at the Bond franchise. Sadly it seems they took "The Bourne Identity" equation and amplified it to another level for "Quantum of Solace," a level where intrigue and ingenuity donít matter, only blunt force action is the name of the day, and even I couldnít believe it.

Yes, "Quantum of Solace" will look better on the big screen, but for me itís only a 2 star out of 5 movie. "Casino Royale" had a nice mix of intrigue and action (although most scenes lasted too long), but "Quantum of Solace" seemed to be all about "Kill this guy, or these guys, in a big, olí action sequence, and instantly lead yourself into the next big, olí action sequence." And thatís kind of too bad, because I really like Daniel Craig as James Bond. Hopefully the next film will have him become a little more cerebral, a little more smooth and deboner, rather than just having him as a killing machine.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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