When Daniel Craig was unveiled as the new Bond in 2006 I was psyched. Casino Royale was everything I knew the Bond films could be: amazingly action-packed and woman-friendly. I wasn’t 100% satisfied, but come on, look where we’re coming from– anyway– I was STOKED when I first started seeing the new Quantum of Solace posters. I was naively assuming that this film would fall into stride with the previous film and I was so excited to see what they would do with this one…..But what they did is drop the fu*#ing ball. The opening chase/fight sequence was as frustrating as the opener of the Bourne Supremacy (wait– who’s leg is that? is that Bond or do I want him to fall? where am i?) and then, the title sequence kicked in. If you remember, the title sequence from Casino Royale was freakin AMAZING. Watch it here; if you need a refresher. Talk about raising the bar.
After the shaky beginning, I was anxious for the title sequence; it was a make or break type situation and it started off well enough…until he started wandering the sand dunes and I just knew they were going to turn those dunes into giant naked women. I was half-heartedly hoping they would surprise me and turn them into something else- anything else!- related to the plot, but no. And then the movie had to go and suck (think: no plot, every kind of chase scene imaginable, and dialogue that could’ve been written by an infant 2 days out of the womb). Watch the opener here to see if you agree with me.
I realize that it’s the classic bait and switch– hook me with Casino Royale and then spout out this plotless, throwback drivel. Why, Hollywood, WHY???? I don’t want to see naked girating females in my action movies; I want to see men and women kicking ass together (and you know, if they get naked in a consensual and respectful manner along the way, I’m down with that too). Mark this at #564391 in my list of disappointing action flicks.
I’ll save you the trip: RENT IT.