|Quantum of Solace [Blu-ray]
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20th Century Quantum of Solace (Blu-ray) A devastating betrayal sends James Bond from Australia to Italy and South America on a mission of vengeance that pits the suave super-spy against a powerful businessman with diabolical intentions. Betrayed by Vesper, 007 (Daniel Craig) suppresses the urge to make his latest mission personal as he teams with M (Judi Dench) to interrogate Mr. White (Jesper Christensen). It soon becomes apparent that the organization behind the blackmailing of Vesper is more powerful than Bond and M had previously anticipated, and after discovering forensic evidence that links an MI6 traitor to a bank in Haiti, Bond immediately sets out to gather more intelligence. Once in Haiti, a case of mistaken identity leads Bond into the company of the ravishing Camille (Olga Kurylenko),a dangerous beauty with her own vendetta. It's Camille who leads Bond to a ruthless businessman named Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), who is soon revealed to be the mastermind of a powerful but clandestine organization. Greene is conspiring to corner the market on one of the world's most preciousnatural resources, and in order to make that happen he has forged a deal with an exiled general named Medrano (Joaquin Cosio). By enlisting the aid of his many associates and using his vast resourcesto force contacts within the CIA and the British government into bending to his will, Greene plans to overthrow the current regime of a Latin American country and hand control over to General Medranoin exchange for a parcel of land that appears barren on the surface, but actually houses a natural resource that will make Greene the most powerful man on the planet. But Bond's mission to uncover the culprit who blackmailed Vesper and prevent Dominic Greene from exerting his will on the entire world won't be easy, because now everyone from the CIA to the terrorists and even M are out to get him.
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
- Not the Bond I wanted
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.
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
- It just doesn`t work very well
The new version of James Bond just doesn`t work very well. And this one didn`t even have much of a plot.
The older Bond films didn`t try to be too serious. A larger than life hero with plenty of action and liberally laced with humour were just fun to watch.
The last 2 Bond films have lost that. They try to be taken seriously and the new Bond is not exactly a likable character. You find yourself not really caring if the bad guys manage to kill him off or not.
The last 2 Bond films are just not fun.
- 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
- very satisfied.
My movie was delivered promptly and was in excellant condition. I would order from this person again. Five stars....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
- Quantum of Solace
Another in a long line of Bond movies. Great scenery and the usual hot co-stars....more info
- Worst James Bond Movie!
After watching this movie, I was left with a feeling of disapointment as it did not live up to the standard of a great or even a good James Bond Movie. It was the worst James Bond movie I had ever seen. It lacked the usual James "Bond features such as gimmicks and cars that were amazing and the acting was so unenthusiastic that it put me to sleep!. At times it was even hard to remember that this was a movie about the great 007 agent who outwitted so many great adversaries. I hope if they continue with this series that the next movie goes back to the original James Bond theme and includes the features that made James Bond so great to watch!...more info
- Typical but more confusing
I am a big fan of the recent James Bond movies and definately had high hopes after Casino Royale. First of all I would recommend that if you are going to watch Quantum of Solace then you should re-watch Casino Royale if you want to have any clue of what is going on. I was confused from the get go and did really understand the overall plot until more than half-way through.
I would definately say that this is a different Bond than we are used to. Call it maybe a more sensitive Bond or extremely protective. The action is great as usual though more shaky camera scenes than normal. It was simply ok. It is definately not a bomb but it wasn't gripping as most Bond movies are...more info
- Casino Royale companion piece
While I generally agree with most reviews that Casino Royale is superior, this film is a smart companion piece. It's villain is quietly fierce. The plot is relevant to the times. And it deals realistically with the rage of a man with a licence to kill. Craig does a great job of showing the burning sense of rage below Bond's cool exterior and portrays well how that evolves into Bond's sense of disconnect, hidden behind his air of sophistication. Smart, sexy and stylish. Beautifully shot, it looks great on blu-ray....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
- Good Movie, Not as Good as "Casino Royale"
I'm really enjoying the "reboot" of the Bond series that Daniel Craig has brought on, but "Casino Royale" is a tough act to follow. I did enjoy "Quantum of Solace," but some of it fell just a little flat for me. I didn't care as much about the Camille character as I did about Vesper from "Casino Royale." It felt like there was a certain amount of depth left out... Like, with "Casino Royale" you could say "That was great!" but with "Quantum of Solace" you inevitably added the obligatory suffix - "That was great... for a Bond movie."
Which is, again, not to say I didn't like it - I did. I just had super high hopes after "Casino Royale" that didn't quite get lived up to....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
- Who IS James Bond?
What a moral morass is "Quantum of Solace." But what movie-making! Daniel Craig is a James Bond hitherto unknown, with Director Marc Forster taking him to places never before explored.
Quantum: the smallest amount of a physical quantity that can exist independently. If Bond (with Craig wearing his clothes and his mentality) receives just a quantum of solace (that smallest amount) by movie's end, then how much revenge filled his brain, his heart, his very essence? This is a Bond unstoppable, unimaginable, brutal--the epitome of a cold-hearted killer who seemingly just stepped out of an opera house peopled with evening clothes or the streets ferociously gang-dominated, tux on, weapon in hand, seeking that quantum of solace. Beware!
This is a Bond that even "M" cannot control. She tries. Lord help her, she tries. Bond's job is on the line, her job is on the line. Never before has "M" been anything than totally self-assured, but this is an "M" who finds herself behind the matresses, a woman reduced to just a woman who removes her makeup at night like any other woman who works a 9-5 job. Only "M" is supposed to be a force of power, control, behind-the-scenes domination. Who took her whip? Bond, of course. His mission is not impossible nor is his identity a mystery. All he seeks is a quantum of solace.
So a British man of mystery to the unknowing eye is really a secret agent with a license to kill. And kill Bond does--without hesitation, without remorse, without doubt. He spares only two moments to matters other than his revenge-driven quest: he gingerly embraces his old friend Mathis, and he has the obligatory sex scene. The embrace is necessary, even the scant sex scene is incongruous in context and should have lay on the cutting room floor, and initially erased right out of this script.
What the reviewer on the product page calls the "Bond girl" is an insult to the character of Camille (Olga Kurylenko). This is not the same-ol', same-ol' sexy girl who makes Bond's acquaintance in bed. This is an equal, also seeking a quantum of solace. Let the viewer take note: Everything is new about this Bond film.
Even the villain is less than a pure force as in the past. Superficially benevolent, he is buying up dry lands (with water on them) to make a killing (take that literally and metaphorically). Only in the occasional moment does this villain show his hidden evil. Why the lessening of caricature so notable in previous Bond films? To contrast Bond's unrelenting force of revenge? To show that all characters are capable of their opposite? Or perhaps to show the moral morass that our universe has become?
The outcome of Bond's quest is, of course, expected. He seizes his quantum of solace, but he is forever changed. Daniel Craig takes the viewer with him and shows what he (as actor and agent) is really capable of. What will the next film show about Bond's character, about Craig's incomparably nuanced acting?...more info
- Tried to like it
I wanted very much to like this movie, but could not. I watched it three times trying to find some reason to rate it more highly. It is only Daniel Craig's excellence in portraying Bond that earns the movie a second star. The plot is non-existent, the characters unengaging, and the action is impossible to follow as the scenes shift all over the globe. Killing off Mathis and chucking his body into a dumpster was an incredibly pointless bit. As others have suggested, the film was more like a compilation of action sequences from the cutting room floor of Casino Royale, which, in my mind, may be the best Bond of all time. And I saw Dr. No in its theatrical release, so I have observed a lot of different treatments of Fleming's character within their generational context. I hope Craig is given better material to work with in the next one. This one crashed aand burned. ...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
Daniel Craig is a stud and one to dream about. This is so action packed that you cannot turn your head because you will miss something important. I would recommend this to anyone who likes action-packed movies and a stud to dream about. ...more info
- This movie is terrible
AV quality is great, but the content is terrible. Don't waste your money. Don't buy it, rent it....more info
- Torrid action at the start, a little slow at the end
No spoiler information here - just to say I thought the first Daniel Craig Bond was spectacular and this is a worthy follow up. The movie starts with a bang and the action is pretty much one fantastic stunt after the other, real heart-pounding stuff. But it seems as if the screen play ran out of steam at the end, kind of a wet noodle finish. But the move overall gets a B+....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.
- 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
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
- WORST JAMES BOND EVER!!!
Saw this flick at the theatre when it first came out because I had highly anticipated it. I have never been a fan of the shaky, fast motion camera work (ie Bourne Identity) and this movie is full of it. The story was boring and I quickly started losing interest. It was a terrible letdown as I thought Casino Royale was fantastic. I literally fell asleep in the theatre during this one (I am not joking) it was so boring.
A huge letdown to say the least...
Someone please get a new writer and director (bring back Casino Royale's director!!)...more info
- Not quite 'Casino Royale' but still very good!
Not quite up to the level of 'Casino Royale', but Daniel Craig continues to impress as 007. Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko is pretty disappointing (of course she's attractive, but she's not nearly the actress that Eva Green or Halle Berry are, and they are the new standard). Still, plenty of good action, and as I already mentioned, Craig continues to impress....more info
- Quantum of Solace James Bond DVD
Frankly, it's a dead loss. Lots of action, but very disjointed plot. Hard to follow. ...more info
- Poor Choice
This movie is loud, rambling and uninteresting. I was unable to view it for more than 20 minutes. Not my cup of tea. Totally different from
Casino Royale....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
- Mediocre Quantum
DVD quality shakey at best as there were several scenes that would not play. Excellent James Bond movie disrupted by scene skips. ...more info