Quantum of Solace
could also be called The Great Chase. The latest in the Bond installment is a series of furious, high-octane chases.
We begin with cars chasing each other in a tunnel, and move on to boats, planes and some seriously credibility-defying sequences of a super- lean and mean Bond stalking the baddies who killed his lover Vesper Lynd in the last Bond film Casino Royale
Second unit director Dan Bradley and stunt coordinator Gary Powell, who have both worked on the Bourne films, orchestrate such incredible, adrenalin-rush action that there are moments when you will forget to breathe.
In between this sound and fury, director Marc Forster tells us the story of the battered Bond who now seeks revenge. His search for Vesper's killers leads him to a shady environmentalist Dominic Greene, who has an insidious plan to install a dubious dictator in a shaky South American country and take control of one of the biggest sources of fresh water in the world.
The narrative moves at a dizzying pace between Italy, London, Haiti, Russia. The locales are gorgeous but for long stretches, the plot gets unnecessarily complicated and eye- glazingly boring. But for those moments, there's Daniel Craig.
Craig, with his granite face and icy blue eyes, is undoubtedly the best Bond since Sean Connery. He looks like a man with a bruised soul. Even when he smiles, which is not often, there is a murderous rage about him.
In Quantum, he breaks people like toothpicks. But this vicious ruthlessness is tempered by Craig's incredible charisma. Even though he does not emerge from the water in a bathing suit, as he did in Casino Royale
, women are advised not to drive or handle heavy machinery after watching this film. Quantum desperately needed more moments of solace and far more clever lines.
The blood and gore becomes unrelenting and therefore tedious. Still I recommend that you see the film. It's one power-packed ride.
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