Directed by Marc Forster
Produced by Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli
Novel/Story by Ian Fleming (Characters), Michael G. Wilson (Plot)
Screenplay Joshua Zetumer, Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
Starring Daniel Craig, Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko, Gemma Arterton, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini
Music by David Arnold
Main theme “Another Way to Die”
Composer Jack White
Performer Alicia Keys, Jack White
I have seen hollywood movies releasing here, in India, usually later than in USA. And if its a big movie, its on the same day as USA. But Quantum of Solace was released here in India on 8th November, a full week ahead of USA! That’s remarkable!
To fully understand the movie one needs to see Casino Royale, the prequel to Quantum of Solace, because the movie has lot of things related to it. The movie starts off from where it ended in Casino Royale. Read the complete plot here at wikipedia (Spoiler Warning!).
Sequels always bring comparisons to the previous prequels and Quantum of Solace is no exception. And I’ m afraid its not the good news for the movie. Don’t get me wrong, the movie isn’t bad, but somehow the execution wasn’t perfect, or maybe we shall say it wasn’t the way we expected after Casino Royale. Direction was not that good, although action scenes were plenty, and good other than the starting car chase scene where the camera had lot of jerky movements, and the bond chasing a guy scene on the rooftops had some jerks too, other than that it was fine. Daniel Craig was fine, but I liked him more in Casino Royale. Mathieu Amalric was very good, he plays the bad guy role of Dominic Greene. He played his part very well. Olga Kurylenko plays Camille Montes and was fine. Judi Dench plays M, and was much more visible in the movie than Casino Royale, and was quite fine.
Direction was somewhat poor. The movie could have been better, had flaws in some areas as it was sometimes too fast. The initial chases sequences could have been better shot. Action sequences otherwise were good. It does atleast liveup to the action demands of the movie. Locations were really good. One thing which I saw missing, rather two of them, were lack of real cars and real bond girls. Other than the Aston Martin which Bond thrashes here and there in the initial chase scene, doesnt get close to another exotic Aston in the movie again, and Olga Kurylenko, although is a good looking woman, didn’t appear much as a bond girl, and where bond is usally seen romancing girls, he shares just one kiss with Olga. Casino Royale took James Bond series in a different direction, in a good way, but then this is going in a wrong direction, I hope Bond 23 turns out to be better where Quantum of Solace wasn’t. Music was fine, Casino Royale’s music was much intense and carried more Bond signature with it. But to sum it up, with not many good movies out there, I think Quantum of Solace is a fine movie and will be a entertaining one, under 2 hours and fast paced should be a good watch.
See Also: Casino Royale Review