Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Dir: Marc Forster
MGM Blu-ray

I was skeptical of this latest installment in the Bond franchise, mainly due to the involvement of director Forster. I am not a big fan of the director's films and couldn't understand the choice to follow up something as exemplary as Casino Royale with such a lackluster helmsman. The film starts almost immediately where it's predecessor ends with Bond driving away from some baddies while having Mr. White tied up in his trunk. It's at this point I wanted to give up on the film, the editing is so rapid that I had no idea what was going on. I thought I was headed for seizure-ville, but I struggled through and was pleasantly rewarded. I didn't feel like this chapter lived up to what was set in motion with Casino Royale, but it was an enjoyable yarn with Bond delving deeper into the secret organization that has not only infiltrated the governments of the world, but also does business with them. At the same time, he is seeking revenge for the death of Vesper from the first film. I had lots of little problems along the way, particularly in the use of almost every character that is on Bond's side, and I didn't like the idea of equating the villain to an Eco-friendly energy company (an energy company sure, but aren't there enough opponents to the environment that we need to scare people with attacking an Eco-conscious one?). Overall worth seeing but hopefully the next outing will be a step up.


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