Saturday, November 15, 2008

Quantum of rage

Just saw the new James Bond flick, Quantum of Solace. The movie itself is OK. Plenty of chases and shootouts. However, where Casino Royale was welcomed with open arms and hailed as the gritty return of James Bond... QoS will be regarded as nothing more than a revenge story that kind of plays out like a video game. Gone is the dry whit and style of our father's Bond. QoS turns Bond into an icy killbot, that just jumps from one action scene to another. The body count is higher in this movie, than it probably was in all of the Sean Connery and Roger Moore films combined. Once again, Daniel Craig is fine as 007, but I left feeling that I saw more of his stunt double, than him. There's also a lot of the notorious "shaky cam" and it gets old fast. Not sure when the law was passed that all action movies have to be filmed like this (ahem... Bourne Ultimatum), but it's pretty much run it's course. One of the fights early on, was so bad (personally) that the only way to tell who is fighting who, is to look for the stuntman with the blond wig.

Mercifully, the camp of the Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan installments are well past us. I always thought the appeal of Connery was that he could kick anyone's ass, he just chose not to.

My hope is that now that the revenge story has played to an end and a global villain is in place, that Bond goes back to being a spy, and is no longer a blunt instrument.

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