Kurt McKee

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Quantum of Solace (2008)

Posted 17 November 2008 in movie and review

I saw Quantum of Solace yesterday, and was sorely disappointed. "Quantum of Solace" is a terrible title. They should have called it "Plethora of Typography", or "Excess of Vehicle Chase Scenes".

The movie featured Bond both as pursuer and pursued in a car, on a motorcycle, and by boat and plane. I got confused on some minor plot points, but was swept along by unrelenting chase scenes. I think the villain built dams underground in the middle of a desert and created a drought in Bolivia?

I had a hard time keeping up with the locales, too, because it seems as though someone in the studio purchased a baker's dozen of fonts and gerrymandered the plot so that each font could be used to introduce the name of a separate location onscreen. Bond kept bopping around the world so fast I'm surprised he didn't receive more attention in the news: "Man with Largest Carbon Footprint Found!". Honestly, though, I think the fonts could have figured into the movie more. Perhaps Bond could have chased someone around the curlicues of one of the more elaborate scripts on a unicycle.

2 stars