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3.0 out of 5 stars Licence to Experiment, 7 Mar 2009
This review is from: Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2008] (DVD)
"Quantum of Solace" (2008) works better as a companion piece to "Casino Royale" rather than a traditional James Bond epic. The film plays like a fragmented novella, which accounts for its 105-minute length (the shortest 007 running time on record). Daniel Craig delivers another solid performance as a tortured, vengeful Bond - definitely the right man for the job. Judi Dench's M gets better with each installment and her chemistry with Craig packs a vital punch. In the low-key villain department, Mathieu Amalric's sociopathic portrayal is reminiscent of Klaus Maria Brandauer's Largo in "Never Say Never Again" (1983). Director Marc Forster keeps the thin narrative moving, but seems more comfortable with actors than bone-crunching action sequences. "Casino Royale" was a hard act to follow and the Bond producers should be credited for trying a different approach. Based on its own merits, "Quantum of Solace" remains a flawed yet strangely compelling 007 entry.
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