Posts Tagged ‘Quantum of Solace’

QUANTUM OF SOLACE – Quantum of Bolus

November 18, 2008

The first warning sign came in the meandering car chase intro that’s edited far too haphazardly to tell what is happening, or who or what is where. It’s choppy to the point of looking unfinished. In Quantum of Solace, the latest Bond flick, director Marc Forster (The Kite Runner, Stranger Than Fiction) forgets all about the geography of an action scene. How does Bond get there from this shot to that shot? What caused this event to happen? Why am I not the least bit excited? At least in Paul Greengrass’ Bourne Ultimatum, which Quantum unabashedly apes in style and tone from rooftop chases to stark and brutal close quarters combat, you can tell what’s going on through the flurry of cuts and edits. Here it looks like shots are simply missing. The scene takes a dramatic turn when the camera lays still for once watching the cars just follow each other… and follow each other… and follow each other. Until Bond escapes his pursuers and I can’t remember how he does it. And I just saw this hours ago.

Quick, shoot the writer