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One of the worst Bond films ever!
, 5 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Quantum of Solace (Two-Disc Special Edition) [DVD]  (DVD)
I went to the cinema to watch this with great expectations, hoping this would be a James Bond classic after Casino Royale set things off very well. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with the film and after seeing it a few times again since, I dislike it even more, which is a shame because Casino Royale really grew on me having disliked that the first time round. Casino Royale was bearable because the storyline was good and you could make out what was going on!
From the off, it didn't look good. My first impressions were, why no gun barrel at the beginning? Then I later noticed they had stuck it on at the end! What was the point in that? I don't see the point in producers deciding to do away with old traditions just to bring it into the 21st century - it isn't exactly gonna please the fans and it doesn't do anything more for the film. Anyway, the film starts off with a high speed chase, which in theory should've been very good, but the director has ruined every action sequence by changing the camera angle literally every second and shaking the camera, making it very hard to make out what's happening. I guess this idea was to give it a modern feel and make the scenes even more fast and intense but it failed. If you don't fancy missing anything if you blink, the best way to watch the action sequences is to play it in slow motion on your dvd player! I think if it wasn't for this big problem, the action sequences would've been much more enjoyable, but instead, they are very boring and it just feels like it has all been done before, (eg. car chases, boat chases etc), only a lot better.
The storyline is also very shoddy. Why do a sequel? They should've left the whole Vesper thing in the last film, it drags on for far too long. Because of this we have the most moody and aggressive Bond ever who is so mixed up he doesn't even get any nooky with the Bond girl at the end! We have a very dark Bond in this film, with no charm, no humour and no martinis shaken not stirred - he just plays the cold assassin he really is.
There wasn't many stand out moments which excited me in this film, it lacks imagination compared to old Bond films. There are far too many long scenes with boring dialogue, along with a strange and pointless scene in the opera where the organisation decide to hold a meeting of all places. As the scene gets a big build up with music, you imagine you are in for some excitement, but the only thing it leads up to is Bond chucking one of his agents off a roof! Great. There is also an incredibly far fetched sequence when Bond and the girl fall out of a plane. Within seconds from hitting the ground Bond opens his parachute and, miraculously, they survive! Amazing. I did like the scene when Agent Fields was found covered in oil, an obvious rip off of Goldfinger, probably because the writers couldn't think up anything original.
Sorry to fans of the film but to sum this film up, dodgy camera work, a badly written and boring story, old traditions gone and a charmless and miserable Bond. Not good I'm afraid, the worst Bond film ever, even worse than License To Kill. The fun needs to be brought back. When it gets to the point when producers feel they have to change everything that made the films great, maybe it's time for Bond to retire. Fingers crossed for Bond 23!
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