Lesser than Casino Royale in creative ideas and an emotionally touching last block, better with a lack of fluff for energy. Forster's action style lacks consistency, using too many close-ups and rapid-fire editing, but can have an auteurist feel, like in the opera house shootout, one of the greatest moments of style in the series. Yet, the lack of wit, and another dull and unappealing main villain, hurt it the most.
At least up until Tosca, QoS makes a compelling case for being the most interesting of the new Bond's. Cracking along with ruthless efficiency, its action and casual violence feel meaningful in the world of a state-sanctioned killer. Its cynicism has the villain as a green NGO, and at one point Bond is vividly contrasted with a race-horse, running in circles.. Also 40 mins shorter than all counterparts, a good thing.
Understated and controlled Bond. An intelligible and realistic plot and compelling action sequences make this Foster's take on Bond a pleasant delivery. The saga often falls prey of its own excesses but Marc Foster finds here a rare equilibrium. Bond is a likeable not-too-cocky but rough hero with depth of character. A welcome chapter in the saga.
Surprisingly, time has been kind to "Quantum of Solace." Now that it's clear director Sam Mendes' run was designed to restore the frivolity of the Roger Moore era, I can appreciate "Quantum" for its meanness, its nastiness, and most of all the way the filmmakers were able to preserve a sense of tonal continuity with "Casino Royale." While it's nowhere as potent as that film, it nonetheless leaves a bruise.
Like the last three actors the play Bond, the second outing is a complete disappointment after such a promising start. The direction, especially the editing, is too fast, and it leaves the action feeling unimportant and rushed. The story is mostly ridiculous and implausible, and the underlying political themes just miss every time they are forced onto the viewer.
not as bad as i remember it but still the weakest in craig's brood. it seems to me that people who dislike this one and complain that craig's era is "so un-bond like" obviously haven't seen all bond movies because they would take it as a gift. nod at you moonraker. i just hope that spectre will have more action, wonderful scenery and a bit more lovin'. nudge, nudge, wink, wink.
Really good-looking film, with a lot of style, but little or no substance. Bond is dry and witty without being warm or funny, which is perhaps understandable after Casino Royale. But it doesn't make for a sympathetic character, and the lack of plot is no distraction from this.
Don't quite understand the vitirol against this one. It's not like its 'Moonraker' or "A View to a Kill' you know. Yes, it is a let down from the previous entry but is still a quite entertaining action extravaganza. Craig is dynamite here despite script's weakness and the film certainly delivers the action set pieces we expect. Amalric and Atherton under utlized and Quantam fails to become the new Spectre.