James Bond film #22 (Daniel Craig Bond)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in Quantum of Solace, the 22nd Bond adventure and the first to be a direct sequel to the prior Bond film. And when I say direct, I mean immediate. Quantum picks up mere moments after the conclusion of Casino Royale (21), Bond speeding down a seaside highway with the captive Mr. White in his trunk. It’s an interesting approach, giving us a chance to see exactly how Bond deals with Vesper Lynd’s death; and the revelation that there’s a SPECTRE-like organization called Quantum, with members in every major national government, is a great chance for the more personal story of Casino to bloom into a larger-scale affair. Unfortunately, Quantum was produced during the 2008 writer’s strike, a fact plainly evident in its scatterbrained script. Though it’s still slick and action-packed, Quantum of Solace (21) is a huge downgrade from the phenomenal Casino Royale (21), plagued by confusing storytelling and inferior direction.
November 8, 2012 | Categories: 6 - 6.5, Action, Adventure, Genre, Ratings | Tags: 007, alicia keys, anatole taubman, barbara broccoli, daniel craig, daniel kleinman, david arnold, david harbour, eon productions, fernando guillen cuervo, gemma arterton, giancarlo giannini, ian fleming, jack white, james bond, jeffrey wright, jesper christensen, joaquín cosío, judi dench, Marc Forster, mathieu amalric, Matt Chessé, mi6, michael g. wilson, mk12, neal purvis, neil jackson, olga kurylenko, oona castilla chaplin, paul haggis, paul ritter, phil meheux, rick pearson, robert wade, Roberto Schaefer, rory kinnear, tim pigott-smith | Leave a comment
Film #13: Stay (2005)
In the mood for a mystery, I consulted my film library and randomly chose one. I had never heard of 2005’s Stay, written by David Benioff and directed by Marc Forster, but its attractive cast made the case for a spontaneous viewing. The film begins with a rollicking POV shot of a car accident on a bridge. Henry Letham (Ryan Gosling), a 20-year-old survivor of the wreck, goes to see his usual psychiatrist, only to find a “substitute shrink” in the form of Dr. Sam Foster (Ewan McGregor). After Henry tells Sam that he plans to kill himself in a few days’ time, Sam is distressed enough to confide in his girlfriend Lila (Naomi Watts), herself a suicide survivor. Sam starts to investigate Henry’s background more in-depth, and as he does, his reality begins to unfold, leaving him unsure of who, exactly, is the crazy one in all of this.
February 13, 2012 | Categories: 5 - 5.5, Cerebral, Drama, Genre, Ratings, Thriller | Tags: arnon milchan, bob hoskins, brain burner, David Benioff, ewan mcgregor, jacob's ladder, Janeane Garofalo, Marc Forster, Matt Chessé, memento, mindfuck, naomi watts, Roberto Schaefer, ryan gosling, stay | 1 Comment