Quantum of Solace
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Studio: Tcfhe/mgm Release Date: 03/24/2009 Run time: 107 minutes Rating: Pg13

Daniel Craig hasn't lost a step since Casino Royale--this James Bond remains dangerous, a man who could earn that license to kill in brutal hand-to-hand combat… but still look sharp in a tailored suit. And Quantum of Solance itself carries on from the previous film like no other 007 movie, with Bond nursing his anger from the Casino Royale storyline and vowing blood revenge on those responsible. For the new plot, we have villain Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), intent on controlling the water rights in impoverished Third World nations and happy to overthrow a dictator or two to get his way. Olga Kurylenko is very much in the "Bond girl" tradition, but in the Ursula Andress way, not the Denise Richards way. And Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, and Giancarlo Giannini are welcome holdovers. If director Marc Forster and the longtime Bond production team seem a little too eager to embrace the continuity-shredding style of the Bourne pictures (especially in a nearly incomprehensible opening car chase), they nevertheless quiet down and get into a dark, concentrated groove soon enough. And the theme song, "Another Way to Die," penned by Jack White and performed by him and Alicia Keys, is actually good (at times Keys seems to be channeling Shirley Bassey--nice). Of course it all comes down to Craig. And he kills. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews:

  • One Word.... Action
    Action packed... Daniel Craig is filling the enourmously big shoes that comes with taking on the role of James Bond....more info
  • Great action, but why care?
    When Casino Royale (2006) came out, I thought it was the best James Bond film I'd ever seen with Daniel Craig easily (in my opinion) the best Bond in the franchise history (yes, even better than Connery). So, needless to say I was really looking forward to Quantum of Solace. Unfortunately, like a lot of people I was underwhelmed at best.

    Don't get me wrong, this film has arguably the best filmed action scenes this side of 'Dark Knight' as well as some very creative moments in the best of Bond fashion (one particular involves Bond with a camera inside a new-age opera house).

    Daniel Craig and Judy Dench are still fantastic in their roles, but where this film seemed to fall short was giving you a reason to care about them. Bond always seems to come off cold and crude (though does have a few amusing one-liners), and M seems to be changing her mind a few times too many regarding her best agent. The other characters are a bit too unimportant or underused to really feel a "bond" with them ( I liked the return of Mathes but he TOO left the screen a bit too early). I'm not even going to comment on the villian (though the awkward pauses were unintentionally amusing).

    The film's plot ranges from dry to needlessly complex but I realize you don't see a Bond film for the story. I did like how it did bring closure to the events from Casino Royale at the end, so in that and the incredibly well staged action scenes the film is still worth seeing at least once. I just wish this movie had more going for it....more info
  • Garbage. Absolutely horrible.
    Quantum of Solace (first DVD release)
    Garbage. Absolutely horrible. Plagued as a bad movie in plot and script, as well as a technical DVD release with bad sound quality. Honestly, I when the movie ended, I still had no idea what it was about. I didn't know the names of any of the characters besides James and M, and I didn't care. Sadly this movie was produced very differently that Casino Royale, which made for an impressive debut of Daniel Craig as 007. Where Royale focused on story and relationships, Quantum focused on out-of-place sci-fi like effects, and everything moment a queue to start the next long-winded action scene.
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  • Quantum of Solace=CRAP
    As an 11 year old boy who has seen every Bond film, I must say "Bond, you are awesome." After seeing QoS, I must say, "Bond, you suck." This movie has no humor whatsoever. With no plot and ugly Bond girls, no wonder this is the WORST AND MOST BORING MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE! I litteraly cried when I saw that the "Gun Barrel Scene" was at the beggining. It was at the end. Why did they make this movie? Were they mental? I don't know Bond anymore. Thanks to the people who made this movie, the once great Bond francise now sucks. P.S.- What was QoS even about, anyway? ...more info
  • Another Great Bond chapter
    I saw this movie in the theater. Enjoyed it so much. I wanted the DVD then. Can't wait for the next Movie....more info
  • Missing so much of what made `Casino Royale' so unexpectedly brilliant...
    I may be extra harsh on this film because `Casino Royale' was such a blessed cinematic experience for me. I was not in the least a huge fan of James Bond, but 2006 totally changed my opinion when it unleashed the brilliance that was `Casino Royale' (ranks in my top ten of the year and garners a Lead Actor and an Adapted Screenplay nomination from me at my personal awards, The Ellington's). Because that film was so cleverly crafted, I expected a lot from `Quantum of Solace'.

    I wanted it to be bigger, bolder...better.

    Instead of building off the intensity provided by deep character development and genuine attachment to plot points, `Quantum of Solace' goes in a different direction and just merely offers the audience a briskly paced thrill ride with hard bodies and `Bourne' style action sequences. I'm not saying that a good action flick is a bad thing, but when you have such a wonderful starting point it is disappointing to see them somewhat throw away all that they worked to achieve by reverting backwards and delivering something that just doesn't stack up.

    The films plot seems a little underdeveloped (the film is also about an hour shorter than `Casino Royale', which may be part of the problem) and so it becomes almost forgettable. This is sad, because the film doesn't provide us with the character development needed to make the films plot unnecessary. Daniel Craig does a fine job presenting us with a sour Bond, one that doesn't really need to develop because we saw him grow to this point so lavishly in `Casino Royale', but Craig is not the only actor here and Bond is not the only character. The sad thing is that Bond is the only interesting one. Vesper was such an exciting Bond Girl, and so when I see someone as beautifully dense as Olga Kurylenko's, Camille take her place I'm left a little brokenhearted. There is no denying that Olga is a ravishingly beautiful actress, but Camille is such an underdeveloped beauty that she practically becomes nothing but eye candy. I'm glad they gave her a character arc, but it really isn't much of an original one (very `been-there-done-that'). She has a coldness that I liked, but she could have done so much more had they really tried to flesh her out.

    Dench is perfect, as usual (love the inspired casting of this role), Jeffrey Wright is good, Gemma Arterton is gorgeous and Mathieu Amalric is sorely miscast.

    I know that this sounds rather harsh, and the film itself it not bad (I own it and will watch it again), but I just want to express my disappointment. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I don't think so. When you come out of the gate with a blistering and inspired take on a film franchise you have an obligation to back it up. Look at what Nolan did with his sequel to `Batman Begins', or even what Raimi did with his sequel to `Spider Man'. They took what they did in their first film and flipped it on its head, delivering to us an even better film the second go around. They built on their original film. Maybe the change in directors had a hand in this films fate, but there is no way that one can say that Marc Forster does any justice to Martin Campbell's `Casino Royale'.

    So, if I were to grade this film separated from `Casino Royale', grading it as if I never saw Campbell's film, then I'd give it a B. It is entertaining, action packed and exciting, and the brisk running time makes it so that you never get bored and never have time to really notice that the film is lacking in any real emotional connection. It is also no where near the campy stupidity of some in this franchise and so the plot never makes one want to throw a shoe at the screen. But, sadly (well, sadly for this film) I have seen `Casino Royale' and so I cannot grade this film separated from its predecessor. Having said that, I give the film a C+. It should have been much better.

    Thankfully it's not `that' bad....more info
  • Decent follow-up to Casino Royale
    It was a decent Bond flick, but it seemed like a repeat of a lot of plot elements from Casino Royale....more info
  • Not the Bond I wanted
    The Movie:
    After loving the heck out of Casino Royale, it was pretty much assured that I was going to see the inevitable and sequel but I was not prepared for what I saw. This was not the Bond I wanted to see after CR.

    It all starts off with one of the worst car chase action scenes I've ever seen. Thanks to the shooting style, it's incoherent and annoying to watch. The movie tries so hard to be a new Bourne-style spy romp mixed with some very bad elements of older Bond movies; such as globetrotting around the world on the most convenient pretexts. CR put Bond in his own, more realistic but not real, world. This movie tries too hard to place him in the real world and be Bourne and it fails miserably. It's pretty long and mostly boring. The action also tries too hard to be Bourne, extensively utilizing poorly-done shaky cam. My girlfriend and I did not enjoy this and one of my friends began slamming his head on his knees after about 30 mins.

    Blu-ray:
    Picture and audio are excellent. Barely much to mention in the bonus features department. It's very safe to expect a double dip when the next bond movie hits theaters....more info
  • Good acting, over-the-top plot
    Once again, Daniel Craig gives a masterful performance as bond. By this film, the Bond character has become very dark, but Craig's performance is subtle enough to human exude some human emotion at the right time. Furthermore, the new "bond girl," Olga Kurylenko as Camille, is probably one of the strongest bond girls in the series.

    My main concern with this film is the plot. First, unlike most other Bond films, it is a direct sequel to the previous film ("Casino Royale"). I hadn't realized this and had not watched Royale since it came out, so I did not understand some of the references in this film. Some Royale references (such as Vesper, Bond's love interest) were obvious enough to pick up, but it was only after reading the reviews online that I realized the secret organization in this film, the Quantum, was the direct offshoot of the criminal network in Royale.

    Second, "Quantum" had too much action and too little substantive plot, even for a Bond film. The villain's plot (to obtain a monopoly on water in Bolivia) isn't particularly memorable compared to the plots of past Bond films. There weren't any particularly memorable or classic scenes in the film (such as the poker game in "Royale"). Ultimately, while the plot itself isn't horrible, and the acting and action scenes are good, the film overall is simply forgettable and doesn't leave me salivating for the next one....more info
  • Two hours of my life - that I'll never get back....
    Without doubt the worst Bond film of all time. ASTONISHINGLY bad. Unbelievable action sequences - LITERALLY "unbelievable", with a twisted plot that defies explanation. Please do not waste your money on this. If you feel that you MUST see it, get it on Netflix or something so that you won't have wasted your money as well as your time.

    If there were a way to rank it even lower than "1 star", I would. ...more info
  • Is it over yet?
    This movie is just like most other Bond movies except with 30 minutes of story, interaction, and humour edited out. Lots of fancy camera work thou is suppossed to make up for it. There is a skeletal plot based on the events of Casino Royale, but I could hardly understand much or try to care what Bond's motivations are... all you know is that he is pissed for some good reason and he doesn't care about anything except that he is pissed. Craig is given one expression to show, and he looks good showing it. And the movie ends as another Bond movie. Kinda boring and uninvolving, but it looks good I suppose....more info
  • One Word.... Action
    Action packed... Daniel Craig is filling the enourmously big shoes that comes with taking on the role of James Bond....more info
  • Good Movie true to the James Bond image
    There are a lot of reviews on this movie, so many of you will probably not read down to this review. But I felt like I had to make a comment about the audio. Even though the case might seem to indicate English Dolby Digital there is no track for English Dolby Digital. The English track is only in DTS Master. If you have an older receiver as I do, that only has Dolby Digital, you will not get the full effect of the Digital Hi Def sound. It is some what of a disappointment, because the movie industry has standardization for audio on current movies released on DVD, which should probably also include Blu Ray releases, to be Dolby Digital. The sad part is that with the amount of storage available on Blu Ray, they should have made the default audio track Dolby Digital and an optional audio track for the DTS. I now get to go backwards in time and listen to the audio in Dolby Pro Logic....more info
  • NOT THE TYPICAL "JAMES BOND STYLE" AS WE KNEW!!!
    Worth seeing, but if you loved the lavish, over-the-top, 2006 production of "Casino Royale" you may be disappointed. The story begins immediately after "Casino Royale" ends and skips some of the Bond basics: the lounging elegance and wit, Miss Moneypenny, the fun high-tech gadgets, the opening gunshot, and the line "my name is Bond, James Bond." The result is a relentless series of chases, much like the last Jason Bourne movie (everyone says this, and it's true). On the positive side, Judi Dench has a larger role as M and she keeps turning up to banter with Mr Bond. Other goodies include a lean, mean, Daniel Craig, a lean, mean script (much shorter than "Casino Royal") and a cat-and-mouse chase around a floating opera stage in the middle of a live performance of Puccini's "Tosca." But the glamour, pleasure, and sense of mischief that pepper other Bond films are pretty scarce in this one. Gone, too, are the scenes from "Casino Royale" in which Craig could explore psychological drama at some length (the poker game, the torture scene, consoling Vesper in the shower). Keep your expectations in check and you should enjoy the ride. This film is mostly about revenge; not much solace here, but then perhaps that's the point.
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  • review
    enjoyed the movie very much lots of action and suspense with good twist to wrap up loose ends from Casino Royale recommended worth watching ...more info
  • "You Don't Have To Worry About Me..."
    If I were to nail down what's wrong with "Quantum Of Solace" in a single word - it would be "cold". Bond used to be fun, Bond used to be entertaining, Bond used to grab you by the short and curlies and pleasure the engorged gonads off you for the allotted two hours it was given. And it never failed. Even the worst Roger Moore dreck of the late 1970's had something that encouraged repeat viewing. But on Bond 22 - you're bored half way through it and by the predicable end not much has changed.

    I suppose after 22 films about the same thing, you're bound to have a case of diminishing returns, but there are times on "Quantum" where you have a shocking sense of pointlessness. Marc Forster directs chase sequences that feel contrived and have been done so much better before either in previous Bond films or others (principally Bourne). You feel like your watching Alien 3 - made by some inexperienced buck that made videos for a living. And don't get me started on the crap song and the woeful opening credits that were clearly a hurried last minute thing.

    The opening car chase is the first offender. At the cinema, I along with others couldn't believe they'd do this - when you think of how Bourne simply nailed that - this Italian sequence is workmanlike at best. It should have opened with a reconfigured flashback sequence that included the car chase, but ended in the fabulous hand-to-hand fight sequence in the scaffolding (one of the films best moments) - and very Bond.

    You have to feel sorry for Craig too - who seems to be putting in twice the effort for half the return. There is also a worrying ongoing lack of chemistry between him and Judy Dench who quite clearly pines for Brosnan to return - an actor who could convey both charm and edge in equal abundance and was comfortable as Bond and evolved as him.

    It would of course be easy to blame Daniel Craig as the lead - I don't. It isn't that his Bond is charmless by choice, it's that he's being forced to be that way. Check out Craig's acting chops in "Flashbacks Of A Fool" or "The Mother" or "Defiance" - he's absolutely riveting and brilliant in all three - displaying all manner of emotion - shockingly good when given the material. But the under-worked script of "Solace" has straight-jacketed his version of 007 into a particularly nasty corner. It's far 'too' hard-edged and has left him with little or no room for acting manoeuvre. He isn't warm towards anyone - especially women - and his character needs to be.

    The dispatching of Gemma Arterton's character Fields in black oil (aping the famous Goldfinger scene) is perhaps the crassest moment ever in a Bond film and a huge mistake. Her character could have died in a far more interesting and brave way - letting Craig and Kurylenko get away - but no - this is a man's movie made by men who have no interest in women.

    After Mads Mikkelsen's fabulous and believable turn as the card-playing Le Chiffre in "Casino Royale", Mathieu Amalric is just hopeless as Dominic Greene - one of the most insipid bad guys ever - about as frightening as a teddy bear with a wonky eye. His expressions of anger and hate in the opera scene when Bond outs The Quantum group are just laughable. Bond's feisty companion Camille played by the truly gorgeous Olga Kurylenko is a smart choice as a leading lady, but she gets little to work with. Both the tremendously likeable Giancarlo Giannini and Jeffrey Wright as Ren¨¦ Mathis (police chief ally in Casino Royale) and Felix Leiter (his CIA buddy) distinguish themselves, but again Rene is disposed off in a cold and crass way. And on it goes to the inevitable mega-explosive ending...

    Then there's the Blu Ray itself - the picture quality is gorgeous as you would imagine, but the menu is irritating to navigate - the interviews use the same Daniel Craig footage almost three times where he looks tired and bored rigid and again utterly charmless. And you finish watching them very quickly indeed. Again you just know there's more - and sure enough - sometime in 2009 - the inevitable 2-Disc Ultimate Edition to fleece fans will appear.

    It isn't that "Quantum" is really, really bad - it just that it isn't that good either. I can't see myself looking at it again and that's almost unforgivable after the out-and-out triumph of its predecessor. The makers need to go back to the drawing board and lighten up big time, because this is a very disappointing and dreary chapter in one of the most cherishable film franchises in history.

    Bond tells M in one of their spiked conversations, "You don't have to worry about me...", but on the strength of this and hundreds of other 3-star (and less) reviews - we clearly do.

    In the words of Gerry Rafferty boys, "Get It Right The Next Time"......more info
  • Decent follow-up to Casino Royale
    It was a decent Bond flick, but it seemed like a repeat of a lot of plot elements from Casino Royale....more info
  • bourne? who is bourne?
    Great action movie, a perfect continuation of CASINO ROYALE, and shorter and darker than that. The first 40 minutes are EXCELLENTS. Spectacular openning chase teaser although the edition of the scene, like all the actions set pieces in the movie, is too much "modern"......more info
  • Quantum of Solace=CRAP
    As an 11 year old boy who has seen every Bond film, I must say "Bond, you are awesome." After seeing QoS, I must say, "Bond, you suck." This movie has no humor whatsoever. With no plot and ugly Bond girls, no wonder this is the WORST AND MOST BORING MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE! I litteraly cried when I saw that the "Gun Barrel Scene" was at the beggining. It was at the end. Why did they make this movie? Were they mental? I don't know Bond anymore. Thanks to the people who made this movie, the once great Bond francise now sucks. P.S.- What was QoS even about, anyway? ...more info
  • Best Bond Flick since Connery!
    I know that arguing Bond flicks can often be like debating Red Sox vs. Yankees so I will toss down the gauntlet and say Quantum of Solace is one of the top non-Connery films. Daniel Craig is excellent as Bond and he does it in such a fashion as to appear that, much like Connery, being a spy can get in the way of his excellent taste and social life.

    That being said, Craig does an excellent job in smoldering from his previous mission and this film has a plot which may not be believable but then again, it maybe in the near future. Let's be honest, no one watches Bond films to learn about the world. Once again the stunts are amazing and incredible. There are elements, like in every Bond film, which are laughably bad but the emphasis is on laughable.

    I haven't seen every Bond film but I can say with certainty that this one beats all of the Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton films put together. I only wish they would bring back John Cleese! :)...more info
  • Bring back Pierce Brosnan!
    I'm sorry, but Daniel Craig just isn't James Bond. He's too serious, unfunny and too rugged looking. Pierce Brosnan picked up where Roger Moore left off, delivering those quick one liners with cool, dry humor, personality and smooth style (Timothy Dalton was also a dud, IMO).

    This movie has a good enough story to be a deserved part of the James Bond legacy, but it doesn't have the balance of action and humor that the old Bond movies of yore had. Too serious, not enough fun--blah. Three stars since it fires on all action cylinders, but it could have been better.

    Another thing...M sends down a young, hot looking woman to drag Bond back to England. Hello! Like James Bond isn't going to manipulate her in his favor any less than any other hot chick?? That was a dumb part of the story. Now if M had sent Jaws down there to collect Bond, he might have been more submitting!...more info
  • A good purchase
    007 is always a good movie to watch. Full of action from the beginning until the end, and surround sound is amazing cause the blu ray disc allows listen to up to 7.1 channels of pure sound. ...more info
  • Best Bond
    I really have not been happy with the actors playing Bond since Sean Connery..I truly believed Daniel Craig was a poor choice for the new Bond movies when it was announced.. But I have to admit he's the best since Sean Connery and I now own both of his Bond movies on BluRay..
    I highly recommend this movie.....more info
  • Vintage Bond
    Car chase? Check. Beautiful female agent? Check. M bugging him all the time? Check. Gadgets galore? Um...not so much other than the cool computer that projects on the wall. Ugly villains out to oppress the world? Check.

    All of the usual components of a Bond film are here with the addition of an angry 007 who is out to avenge the death of his girlfriend. This was done once before in the series when Bond's newly-wedded wife is killed, but a lot of time has passed since then. Also besides the car chase, there's a boat chase and an airplane chase thrown in for good measure. The action is constant from beginning to end and the special effects are at times breathtaking. Bond fans will surely enjoy this latest film....more info
  • NOT THE TYPICAL "JAMES BOND STYLE" AS WE KNEW!!!
    Worth seeing, but if you loved the lavish, over-the-top, 2006 production of "Casino Royale" you may be disappointed. The story begins immediately after "Casino Royale" ends and skips some of the Bond basics: the lounging elegance and wit, Miss Moneypenny, the fun high-tech gadgets, the opening gunshot, and the line "my name is Bond, James Bond." The result is a relentless series of chases, much like the last Jason Bourne movie (everyone says this, and it's true). On the positive side, Judi Dench has a larger role as M and she keeps turning up to banter with Mr Bond. Other goodies include a lean, mean, Daniel Craig, a lean, mean script (much shorter than "Casino Royal") and a cat-and-mouse chase around a floating opera stage in the middle of a live performance of Puccini's "Tosca." But the glamour, pleasure, and sense of mischief that pepper other Bond films are pretty scarce in this one. Gone, too, are the scenes from "Casino Royale" in which Craig could explore psychological drama at some length (the poker game, the torture scene, consoling Vesper in the shower). Keep your expectations in check and you should enjoy the ride. This film is mostly about revenge; not much solace here, but then perhaps that's the point.
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  • Bond at his worst
    I own all bond films and Quantum Solace starts out great but the action does not seem to go through the film all the way. Quantum Solace I give it a 2.0 - 2.5 out of five star review since the start is great but the end is terible. So if you are a James Bond fan at least watch it once in case Characters from Quantum Solace that you may have not seen are in the next James Bond film. I Hope the next James Bond film turns out better than Quantum Solace and hope you find this helpful from a James Bond fan!...more info
  • Cold
    I think M (Judi Dench) is right when she calls Bond (as played by Daniel Craig) a "cold bastard". His eyes are as hard as his body with no trace of a sense of humor. Previous Bonds always had a gleam in their eyes. I'd rather watch Goldfinger for the umpteenth time and wait for Sean Connery to say "Poo-say?! I must be dreaming." than to watch this again....more info
  • terrible
    This looks nothing like a James Bond film. I had trouble watching even the first half. It is all flash-editing, chase scenes after chase scenes. The audience lost in the first 30 seconds. Like another , more famous reviewer said; "James Bond is not an action hero". ...more info
  • BONDACIOUS
    Daniel Craig builds on his Bond image from Casino Royale in this latest edition of Quantum of Solace. The best Bond since Connery, action that is outrageously BOND. This is a must for the home library, shelf space is precious no clutter permitted, Craig deserves a shelf for himself....more info
  • Story-line ACCURATE and IMMACULATE !!! Well done !!!
    Congratulations on the Story-line [screenplay] ACCURACY and well done !!!

    1- I THOROUGHLY enjoyed Daniel Craig's acting ,,, he is a VERY GOOD actor.
    2- I was IMPRESSED with the story-line ,,, and its ACCURACY !!!
    3- The MINIMAL CGI, blue-screen, "cartoons" was top-shelf !!!
    4- The lack of ear-splitting explosions was healthful and mature.
    5- The lack of the ubiquitous exposed cow-teat was appreciated [exposed to sexually arouse and harass children, adolescents and immature adults].

    But ,,, for my taste ,,, there were way too many unnecessary cows, clogging up the screen !!! Undoubtedly they were in the movie to appease the cow audience ,,, and possibly children, adolescents and the immature. -- Good thing MOST of the cows were killed off and WERE NOT "skinny" Ninja Turtles ,,, BOGUS cow-dung !!! Who believes those bony cows thrashing grown men ???

    OVERALL a well made film ,,, BUT ,,, if it were not for Daniel Craig ,,, it would be at best a "B" movie !!!

    Sincerely,
    Matthew
    Phoenix, AZ
    [retired baby-boomer, multi-cultured]...more info