Quantum of Solace
United States, 2008
Directed By: Marc Forster
Written By: Paul Haggis and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade
Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Jude Dench, Mathieu Amalric, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeffrey Wright
Running Time: 106 minutes
Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and some sexual content
3 out of 5 stars
Since Solace is a conspicuous sequel, you’d expect the catharsis of a Maximus-esque “And I will have my vengeance…” moment, with Bond coolly putting the fear of god into responsible parties at the end of a silenced PP7, but it’s noticeably absent. Oh sure, there’s plenty of brooding at bars, accompanied by mournful glances at tattered photographs, but it’s all lip service.
Director Marc Forster (primarily known for Oscar-begging dramas like Finding Neverland and The Kite Runner) is always itching, itching, itching to get to his next action extravaganza, and while they’re magnificent to behold (an Italian rooftop chase ending in trapeze-style acrobatics might be the best slice of action-porn since the The Matrix Reloaded’s freeway finale), they eschew all the spicy ingredients that made Royale such an unexpected treat.
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