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PostSubject: Quantum of Solace - A Review   Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:53 am

James Bond sets on a mission to find out who is responsible for the death of his love in the sequel to Casino Royale. Daniel Craig reprises his role as the British agent and has a more accomplished role than in his previous outing. The character was very quiet and subtle but here he is more open and upfront. This is the finest point of the film as the character is developing and viewers get to see the darker side of the hero and as this is a predecessor to all other Bonds, it shapes the character in exactly the right way. The heart of the film is Bond's emotional journey as he comes to terms with the death of Vesper and therefore it feels less consequential than other Bond films where Bond is a key player in a wide reaching plan and plot. Action sequences are shot in a similar way to 'Paul Greengrass's' 'Bourne' films, and the comparisons are inevitable. They do work though, and are well conceived and shot. 'Daniel Craig' delivers a solid performance again, as in 'Casino Royale' this is his film; he is a primeval force that pushes the film forward. This is of course personal taste.

Kurylenko is a fantastic Bond girl. She looks the part, worn down by her past and carrying her own agenda. She is dark, feisty and mysterious, a great combination and has some great onscreen moments with Bond, just watch out for a great boat chase. The concept of the series has changed too. There is no gigantic laser orbiting in space or evil megalomaniac genius watching the world burn from his stronghold. The evil comes slowly and in this movie, it's just the tip of then iceberg. A networking evil, impersonated by people who are dangerous because they're intelligent, ruthless and not alone. Future instalments will almost certainly reveal more of this.

Picking up almost immediately from where Casino Royale left off, Bond has captured Mr. White (Jesper Christiansen) and brought him in for questioning by Bond's superior, M (Judi Dench, once again). What Bond and M quickly discover is that the organization that White works for, known as Quantum, has far ranging influence and are using their powers to topple governments in order to gain a foothold wherever they deem financial lucrative for them. Bond follows clues that lead him to Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a key player in Quantum, who is helping to destabilize the government of Boliva in order to install a dictator, General Medrano (Joaquin Cosio), to allow them to control a valuable natural resource. Accompanying Bond on his mission is Camille (Olga Kurylenko), who has a personal score to settle with Medrano, while Bond is also set on revenge for the death of his love from Casino Royale, Vesper Lynd.

Bond fans will be pleased with the action sequences as Casino Royale lacked in that area. Here we have cars, planes, boats and on foot chases all generating that action styled feeling that the Bond franchise does so well. However the early action sequences, specifically the opening car chase scene, is poorly directed. The fast montage does not do the car chase any justice. There are 1 second shots showing brief glimpses of vehicles and characters and is never effectively established. The feeling is there, but without a clear cut picture it is hard to get a proper view of the sequence. The producers have taken a big risk with this film. More casual viewers who sit back with a bucket of popcorn and expect to be entertained while switching off their brains will not be pleased. The film expects you to understand Casino Royale and for you to engage. It's smart and rewarding but very, very, different.

9/10


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PostSubject: Re: Quantum of Solace - A Review   Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:56 am

I can now safely say DC is now my best bond and people may hate me for this but QOS is my best film everrrrrr i loved it so much.

GOOD POINTS

Arrow Opening car chase was excellent loads of action
Arrow The bond girls were amazing the best yet Shocked Emotion
Arrow The ending of the film was just amazing all the action i loved the ending so much
Arrow Pepole will hate me for this but i have to say i really really liked another way to die i thought it wouldn't be that good but i thought wrong

BAD POINTS

Arrow Mathis dieing was so wrong i wish they never killed him off he was such a great character and i don't think he would of liked to be put in a bin bond mustn't of liked him LOL

Arrow Fields being Covered in oil just a copy of Goldfinger ridiculous

Well there you go theres my review i may add more points when i see it another time.TND stinks now QOS is my best bond now yeah.

One question don't you think that guy who was with FELIX looked like MR.KIDD out of DAF i do. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Quantum of Solace - A Review   Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:17 am

Yes it was Mr. Wint Shocked


Here's my review..Great reviews everyone!


PRE-TITLES AND MAIN TITLES
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First off, I wasn't really shocked the gunbarrel wasn't back.
The car chase's edits were really fast, but I think they worked well..
The main titles were pretty good design-wise but as a classic Bond fan I think they should have sticked to one singer, the song was utterly-crap for a Bond flick..
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M
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Judi Dench was good as usual but, it was kinda funny how much M has become involved now! I mean usually he or she was at the office and had a 40 second scene and were over.. I also notice each film with Craig, M has a new assistant, Villiers, Tanner, and now Moneypenny is supposdly back for Bond 23?!?
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VILLAINS
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I have to say Medrano and Greene were pretty good, villians! The whole idea of stealing "the natural resource" was really well planned..
Elvis didn't do much for me, he didn't have any lines, and I thought he was supposed to have a bigger role
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JAMES BOND Himself
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Daniel Craig certainly did a fine job in acting, But, was better in Casino Royale. He wasn't bad in this film, I can see why 'some' people compare Qos to Bourne.. His fighting was really top-notch, and he acted out his revenge perfectly.. I just felt like something was missing from this film??
I hated it whn he just dumped Mathis away like he was crap..
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The Bond Girls
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Agent Fields was cute and funny, but she seemed like someone they picked off the streets, and groomed her to be an actress in two days..

Camille, was a very good character. She didn't have sex with Bond, and Bond wasn't egging her on..(If you know what I mean) She was also seeking revenge and was good when she showed how disgusted she was with killing people, she could kill Medrano because she had a grudge but when other people she didn't know got hurt she was disgusted...BRILLIANT!!
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Directing and Style
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First off, Marc Forster did an amazing jobe for his first action flick.
The whole opera scene with no' sound and fast edits was pretty slick in my opinion, BOND NEEDS MORE OPERA!!! I wish we would get a director's cut but its never going to happen I don't think Forster should come back for the third, we need someone who knows Bond and the style a little bit better, but Forster for Qos was a good choice.

The film was over all very-good, I liked it alot but, Bond is alot more brutal and the films are short. For James Bond 007 23 I hope we get a toned down, action, moneypenny, more romance, more wit, and a great classic james bond film/versus/ a bourne film.. My mum was right! What happenend to Bond? It not the classic film everyone loved...Its the 21st century.
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CASINO ROYALES SCORE..

8/10
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PostSubject: Re: Quantum of Solace - A Review   Sat Mar 28, 2009 1:18 pm

Anyone got this on DVD? I got it at Tesco for £7 Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Quantum of Solace - A Review   Sat Mar 28, 2009 6:55 pm

Not yet..
I heard you get like a poster with it,is that umm,true?!?afro
I want it on blu-ray sooo bad!
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PostSubject: Re: Quantum of Solace - A Review   Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:26 pm

A poster hmm no. Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: Quantum of Solace - A Review   Mon Apr 20, 2009 8:34 am

Good reviews lads!
I have the DVD.
I believe you can get the poster in America and several regions in the UK.
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