Quantum of Solace

>> Friday, January 16, 2009

Gee, I caught this almost two months ago. (Procrastination can be a tough thing to overcome!) I liked this Bond, almost as much as Casino Royale. I like that with this new version of Bond, they're emphasizing characters and storyline more than spectacle and gadgets. Always thought Bond seems tougher when he has to rely on himself rather than a bunch of gadgets. As always, it's how you use a tool...

Damn! Bond was INTENSE in this one. Pissed off. Some complained about it. I liked it because 1) it's different, why do we always have to see the same womanizing agent every time, and 2) it completes the story line from Casino Royale. Vesper didn't die for nothing!

Speaking of Bond women, I *love* how Camille (Olga Kurylenko) is a three-dimensional character. She has her own mission, isn't a damsel in distress and is completely different from Vesper or any other Bond girl I've seen. I'm actually interested in seeing what the Bond people will come up with next after seeing this.

And I never thought I'd see a Bond movie with a tangent of social justice, water rights in third world countries, how ever brief. If there was one in the past, I don't recall. The US is temporarily in league with the bad guys. Something that most Americans need to realize every now and then because many will deny that the US could possibly do anything wrong. (“If America’s so bad, why does everyone want to be here?” His answer: “When you’re here, you’re less likely to be a victim of American foreign policy.” Diane Lefer)


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