Quantum of Solace | Chicago Reader

Quantum of Solace

A few years back, the easy sexism and narcissism of the James Bond series looked dated to the point of obsolescence, but Quantum of Solace proves that a revenge motive is just what's needed to rejuvenate all the Bond cliches. In Casino Royale (2006), which introduced Daniel Craig as the British superspy, Bond found the girl of his dreams, learned that she'd betrayed him, and watched her die horribly. The resulting anger and anguish propel him through this follow-up, providing an excuse for the requisite hyperbolic violence and casual seduction. These days a perfect Bond would be intolerable; a soulful, wounded Bond, though, can be forgiven anything, which makes this one of the franchise's most coherent and watchable entries. Marc Forster directed a script by Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) and Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade; with Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, and Jeffrey Wright. PG-13, 106 min.

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