Tiny Beam of Light

Shining a tiny beam of light on some great films you might not know existed (and the odd blockbuster too).

Quantum of Solace (2008) dir: Marc Forster aka Michael Bay

Well. Ok this is not a small film, but I love Bond. So I’m going to make an exception.

I can watch any of the 007 movies with delight. OK.  Not ‘Octopussy’ or ‘A View to a Kill’, so apart from those two.

Hell, I even liked Lazenby and Dalton, and I really rated Daniel Craig’s interpretation.

‘Casino Royale’ also broke the general Bond rule of thumb:

weak theme tune = weak movie

I can’t even remember its theme tune, and I suspect I won’t remember the theme tune to ‘Quantum of Solace’ either. It is not good. Come on Bond producers, let David Arnold do his stuff!

Anyway I digress.

Plot wise this continues straight on from ‘Casino Royale’ and Bond’s attempt to take revenge on the mysterious organisation responsible for Vesper’s death. If you haven’t seen it recently you’ll be totally lost. And this story is not easy to follow.

The screening was packed. Expectations after ‘Casino Royale’ were high.

And I wasn’t going to let the goons wandering up and down the aisles Bond fashion with infra-red binoculars on the lookout for anyone filming with a camera or cellphone put me off neither.

So after 1 hour and 46mins why am I so underwhelmed? I wanted to love it! God damn you Mr Forster! You’ve made great movies!

The film just didn’t flow, if you know what I mean. It didn’t have rhythm.  It wasn’t long enough and it suddenly came to a halt.

But most of all it was the action sequences that annoyed me. Brilliantly staged with unbelievable skill and some lovely throw away stunts. Must have taken months to plan. So why edit them to an inch of their life so that they are virtually incomprehensible?  Sure the technique can add energy, but here it just drains the excitement away. I want to be able to see and comprehend what’s going on. And be impressed. And excited.

Not.

Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.Cut.

Every

quart-

-er

of

a

sec-

-ond.

I mean what the hell was going on?  Where did the door on the Aston Martin go? I must have literally blinked at the moment it got ripped off and missed it. For about 30 seconds I was thinking that it was a bit of dodgy film making in an attempt to get a good angle of Daniel Craig driving the car.

Bond falls through the roof chasing a villain.  Cool. They’ve got caught in a rope and hanging upside down. Alright! He’s runn-, no he’s fight-, no he’s- . This looks like spectacular stuff. Eh?  The girders moving. Eh? He’s going for the gun…

Oh. It’s over.

Bond takes out 3 guys in an elevator. I don’t need to see a 3 second sequence with a 100 cuts! All Bond’s fighting skills are lost! Cut Oliver Hardy like this and even he can have awesome fighting prowess.

Ah. I guess that explains why the film was so short.

All the action sequences are cut like they are for a trailer.  Not a film.  I want to shout this out from the highest mountains:

BOND IS NOT A MICHAEL BAY MOVIE!!!!!!!!!

V124

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One Response

  1. Rob Jones says:

    Hello Mr/Miss/Mrs Beam of Light….

    Just wanted to say I’ve never agreed with another person on a single film like I am right now… You and I are in 100% total agreement…
    What a wasted opportunity, Marc Forester lower your head. “Finding Neverland ?” Find a better editor… Dan Bradly, retiree from 2nd Unit filmmaking and chill-out with half a bottle of prozac…

    Great review…

    Bob Jones…

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