Quantum of Solace


Director:Marc Forster

Cast:Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench

Running Time:106.00


In 2006, after being scoffed by critics and fans alike, Daniel Craig made his Bond debut in Casino Royale. The film, which took audiences to the beginning, became an instant favorite as it overwhelmingly busted box-office record, becoming the highest grossing Bond film ever. With its intense premise and adrenaline-filling ending, audiences left the theater wanting more. After two long years, fans are finally getting what they want as Craig resurfaces as Agent 007 in Marc Forster's Quantum of Solace.

Set almost twenty minutes after the conclusion of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace opens with a fast-paced car chase, reminding viewers of the upgraded status of Bond. The opening scene prepares for the non-stop action that lies ahead. Much like Casino, this film is full of adrenaline-rushing action, violence and blood. It is a far cry from 1962's Dr. No, the franchise's first stephen. Even with the high powered action sequences, the film still finds time to push its story, making it a full throttle film that both pleases and excites.

Most notable in the film is its star Daniel Craig. Making his second run at the infamous Agent 007, Craig carries a load of pressure from critics and fans. And he has succeeded without question. Craig has created an intense, ruthless and modern version of Bond. He has transformed the series and given new life to the once dying franchise. His movement, expressions, and leveling stares are well executed and sincere. But all of this is minuscule in comparison to his strong acting. Craig has charisma, charm and a real way with words, making him the perfect match for his unprecedented character.

But even with a powerful performance, Quantum of Solace never became the 'Daniel Craig Show.' Instead, Craig is forced to compete with Mathieu Amalric, who gives a stellar performance as Dominic Greene. In the film, Greene is a corrupt businessman who is looking to use his power and reputation to control the demand of one of the world's most precious natural resources. His character is extremely complex. Amalric successfully brings the character to life, and viewers will detest him. His actions are fluid, his mannerisms devilish. But most importantly, his interactions with Craig are flawless. Seeing two men of immense power, persuasion and ability stand face-to-face is a truly miraculous sight. It will send a shiver up viewers' spines in anticipation for a heated scene of hand-to-hand combat. Be prepared for all hell to break loose.

But it doesn't stop there. In a scene full of testosterone, it is a great moment when audiences get their first glimpse of Olga Kurylenko. Having starred opposite Timothy Olyphant and Mark Wahlberg in Hitman and Max Payne respectively, it is a pleasant surprise to witness Kurylenko's flourishing talent. She is anything but a typical Bond-girl. Even though she usually graces a scene with either Craig or Amalric by her side, Kurylenko effectively portrays Camille, a woman who introduces the two male leads. And while many Bond-girls of the past have wasted the opportunity to play such a character, Kurylenko makes the most of her screen time. She utilizes her opportunities, and serves as a vital role in the formation and progression of the story.

Director Marc Forster also deserves a lot of credit. Capturing the essence of the story, Forester successfully translates the raw emotions and intimate character interactions onto the big screen. His directing choices set in motion a wild turn of events that will have viewers guessing at every turn. From the close up shots of Craig to the perfectly placed sets and action sequences, the film is put together with seamless precision, and Forester's work does not go unnoticed.

But the film is not sold on its performances. Instead, it is its ability to tell a strong story that is cohesive with the series, all while giving audiences the high-octane thrill ride that they want. With a running time of only one hour and 46 minutes, Quantum of Solace is the shortest Bond movie ever. In all honesty, the film's length is perfect. When the closing credits begin to role, viewers will find themselves on an energy high, extremely satisfied with how things played out.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

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