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New movie reviews for Eagle County

Charlie Owen
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily

“Quantum of Solace” doesn’t get a free pass just because its a James Bond film.

Besides the fact that its title is odd and confusing, it’s also the follow up to Daniel Craig’s first outing as Bond, “Casino Royale” ” a near-flawless flick. That movie pretty much set the bar for Bond films. It gave the viewer a clear picture of where Bond was coming from, plenty of character development and didn’t skimp on the action, either. “Quantum of Solace” doesn’t recreate the magic of “Casino Royale,” but it’s a solid production nonetheless, and a decent addition to the Bond cannon.

There’s also been a lot of talk about the direction the franchise has taken ” that the movie’s producers are trying to make Bond more like Jason Bourne. Can you blame them? Throughout the decades Bond films were becoming caricatures of themselves and were getting even harder to take seriously after the Austin Powers films shredded their credibility. “Quantum of Solace” is filled with vicious, bloody fights and intense chase scenes, but do you really want to complain about it? We could go back to the days of a squeaky-clean Bond who takes out his enemies using ridiculous gadgets and spends more time in the sack than saving the world, or we can bask in the fact that this new vision of 007 gives us two perfect elements ” the grittiness of Bourne combined with the glamour of Bond.

This is the first true sequel in the Bond series, picking up the action right where “Casino” left off. During the opening sequence of “Quantum” we are immediately thrust into a car-chase scene along Italy’s coast. Bond (Daniel Craig) is fleeing from members of the eco-terrorist group, Quantum. Next, he’s chasing Quantum guys. Then he fights them, kills them, chases them again, goes to a party, has some sex, then continues killing.

Through all the killing, fighting and chasing, he learns of Quantum’s plans to buy up natural resources in other countries, causing governments to rise and fall at its whim.

His quest to stop the baddies takes him all over the world and it’s the classic Bond plot of stop-the-bad-guys-and-save-the world, but updated to include hot-topic themes like Earth’s limited resources and global terrorism.

Do yourself a favor ” rent “Casino Royale” and watch it again before you see “Quantum of Solace.” “Quantum” assumes you already know what’s going on and doesn’t give much in the way of back story or try to catch the viewer up to speed on the plot. It’s hard enough to keep up with all the backstabbings and betrayals, even when you know all the characters, but near impossible if you don’t know who is who.

Aside from some annoying editing during most of the action sequences and a severe lack of character development, “Quantum of Solace” still manages to satisfy on a very basic level. There was certainly room in the script to expand on its themes of revenge and redemption, but maybe that’s asking too much. It’s a well-concieved story with only passable execution and I’m willing to forgive its flaws. At least we’re not still dealing with Pierce Brosnan.

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Movie: “Quantum of Solace”

Rated: PG-13

Directed by: Marc Forster

Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Judi Dench, Mathieu Amalric

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