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Quantum of Solace

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Marc Forster
Starring: Daniel Craig,
Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Gemma Arterton, Giancarlo Giannini, Jeffrey Wright, Joaquín Cosio
Released by: Columbia Pictures

In Short: Almost five decades after James Bond's cinematic debut, he returns with another not-so-satisfying adventure.
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Bond Is Back...
With a Vengeance

As Quantum of Solace roars onto the screen with an opening sequence that will shake you right out of your seat, James Bond returns to the big screen with his 21st-century persona. No longer the slightly smiling, sometimes tongue-in-cheek suave secret agent, this Bond is a dark, brooding anti-hero. Following up on the re-imagined British super spy played by Daniel Craig in 2006's Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace literally begins in Italy just after that brutal film ended, as Bond chases through the streets of Siena after the men who caused the death of his lover Vesper Lynd.

As the complicated plot unfolds, it seems that James Bond is as interested in wreaking vengeance for her death as he is in figuring out just who is controlling the mysterious, unnamed evil organization that he, his boss M, and the MI6 have uncovered. The action-packed trail leads him across Europe to Austria, then on to Haiti, where he encounters the stunningly beautiful Camille (Olga Kurylenko), whose personal vendetta against one of the bad guys is almost as compelling as Bond's.

Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko in Quantum of Solace
Anatole Taubman and Mathieu Amalric in Quantum of Solace

As Bond's obsession begins to affect his judgment and causes the British government to disown him as their agent, he and Camille continue to track their mutual enemies and eventually end up in Bolivia where the final, incredibly explosive confrontation takes place.

Quantum of Solace may not be the best Bond flick ever made, and it suffers a bit from director Marc Forster's excessive use of jumpy handheld cameras and quick cuts during the extensive action sequences he has packed into the film, but overall his enjoyable film stands up to the legacy of so many Bonds that have come before. It doesn't hurt that Daniel Craig is one heck of a sexy guy, and gives another terrific take on Bond, either.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters

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