Friday, November 14, 2008

In Theaters: Quantum of Solace 

The answer to your first question is: No,Quantum of Solace is not as good asCasino Royale. It’s less interested in material goods, doesn’t much care for exotic locales (much of the film is set in Haiti, the poorest nation in the western hemisphere), and its plot unfolds whip crack fast, versus the more leisurely, measured mystery of its predecessor. Its action, too, is more interested in kinetic energy. Where Casino Royale’s action gradually builds itself into stunning, breathless sequences, Quantum gives us brief bursts of quick-cut violence.

But there’s a flipside to that. Quantum is a trim, fast-paced piece of work, a Bond experience that eschews its more extravagant tropes for something altogether leaner. I suspect many comparisons will be made to the Bourne movies, but Quantum may have more in common with a Mamet movie: the players all know what they’re doing, and they’re sure as hell not going to sit around explaining it to each other. The audience is expected to keep up.



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