don’t believe the hype

Shaken or stirred? Does it look like I give a damn? by caseyly16

So I did a quick review for my film class earlier and I decided to let yall take a look at it too…

directed by Marc Forster
more after the jump!

Angry and aggressive, the James Bond in Quantum of Solace is definitely not your parents’ Bond. The movie picks up right where we left off in Casino Royale, with James searching for the people who blackmailed Vesper Lynd into betraying him. Unfortunately, director Marc Forster is only able to capture a fraction of the elegance from the first film. While there is enough substance here to keep us intrigued, the story itself takes backseat to the frenetic action. The talented Daniel Craig, who was brilliant in his first outing as Bond, spends his time furiously running, punching, and shooting, leaving action buffs drooling but the rest of us generally disappointed.

In the world of spy thrillers, James Bond has always been a household name. From the smooth voice of Sean Connery to the womanizing ways of Roger Moore, Bond has always been a milder, friendly spy who took his time and acted subtlety. Other spy series such as the ‘Derek Flint’ films starring James Coburn, and the television show I Spy attempted to imitate the slow-paced Bond style. It wasn’t until the new millennium that action became truly synonymous with spy movies. The Bourne series completely raised the bar for all future spy flicks, creating a character in Jason Bourne who is equally intelligent and relentless. Marc Forster and Daniel Craig attempt to perpetuate this trend by giving us a darker, edgier film. The film itself starts off aggressively with an intense car chase sequence, setting the pace for the rest of the movie.

During the brief periods of breathing time we are given, the script fails to deliver, leaving us with a hollow feeling. There is absolutely no emotional connection to either of the Bond ladies. Even Strawberry Field’s death is just another tally to the body count surrounding James Bond. Leading lady Olga Kurylenko delivers a stale performance as the beautiful Camille despite the fact that she is the only other main character who is given a truly interesting back story. The action sequences themselves are merely average, because of Marc Foster’s inexperience with action films (his previous films include Monster’s Ball and Finding Neverland). He does, however, do an excellent job of providing us with a dark atmosphere, which is a stark contrast to the colorful clothes and locales of the prequel.

Where the film stands out from other typical action movies is with the familiar Bond characters. Daniel Craig’s return as Bond is not nearly as compelling as his first jaunt, but he still manages to do an excellent job portraying a relentless, heart-broken man who throws himself into his work to deal with his pain. His trademark deadpan humor and his moments of compassion, in particular when he is holding a dying Mathis in his arms, both provide a welcome break from the rapid pace of the action. Judi Dench’s return as M is a surprise hit, as she gives M a brand new human dimension. The conflict between her obligation to her duties and her loyalty to her friends is expertly displayed by a more than adept Dench. The Bond villain portrayed by French actor Mathieu Amalric is a convincing, if somewhat typical, bad guy who has no qualms about being bad.

Ultimately, the cons of the film outweigh its pros. While there are a couple moments of brilliance (in particular, a breathtaking sequence in an Opera house), the shoddy directing and script drag this film down. However, because this film ties off James’ personal dilemmas, we can expect them to return to the drawing board for the next film, and the best part is: Daniel Craig’s still going to be in it.


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Just change his name to Jason Bourne allready. To much action not enough everything else.

Olga is the hot gir of the moment right now with roles in all kind of movies. She is headlining the action movie Kirot.

In the movie she plays a woman that is coerced into becoming a hit woman for a shadowy organization after being imprisoned for working as a prostitute.

She escapes from her new employees and joins forces with an abused woman she encounters on the run. Together they embark on a campaign of revenge.

Sound like the movie NIKITA to me but with olga and that makes it 100% better 🙂 and the original NIKITA movie is great!

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