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Quantum of Solace

Released

Latest Home Video

Mar 24, 2009

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

106

Cast

Daniel Craig

Olga Kurylenko

Mathieu Amalric

Studio

2008 Columbia/ Sony Pictures

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Still shot from the movie: Quantum of Solace.

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OverallC+
ViolenceC-
SexC
LanguageC+
Drugs/AlcoholC
Run Time106

Making the Grades

After Daniel Craig's first and highly successful step into the Bond character in Casino Royale, it was just a given that the actor would return to play the masterful British secret service operative. Continuing along the same path, Quantum of Solace delves deeper into the personal motivation and physical strengths of 007, while wandering away from the gadgets and gizmos of decades past.

Picking up where Casino left off, the agent is still hurting over being double-crossed by Vesper, a woman blackmailed into stealing his hard-earned gambling winnings (which were supposed to be given back to the British government). Returning to pay Mr. Bond an unwelcome visit is bad guy Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) who reveals the organization involved in all that former nasty business is far bigger and more penetrating than anyone at MI6 can imagine. (Read that to mean the bullets are about to fly...)

Following a trail that begins in Italy, makes a stop in Haiti and eventually winds up in Bolivia, Bond also finds new allegiances with old enemies, like Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini). And, of course, there's always a woman or two to distract him from his "official" duties. Yet, in this case, the rambling Romeo is provided with a stark lesson ? la Goldfinger about the moral consequences of mixing recreational sex with the Queen's business.

His violent behavior still seems to be condonable though, as evidenced in the dozens of on-screen and off-screen shootings, hard-hitting hand-to-hand confrontations and car chases -- all of which place no value on the lives of innocent background civilians who become collateral casualties amidst the mayhem. While only a few of these depictions are moderately explicit (and overall the level of carnage feels a little less intense than Casino Royale), it is nonetheless plentiful enough to prevent a recommendation for family viewing.

That's somewhat unfortunate because this is a well-constructed film, which even puts the brakes on coarse language (granted, you'll still hear one scatological expletive and an assortment of mild profanities, along with terms of Deity). Thanks to the remarkable talents of screenwriter Paul Haggis, we are given an unusually intelligent plot and a superbly paced trip around the world. Although the movie is continually punctuated with high-octane action, at least the snippets of included dialogue are important to the storyline, as opposed to the fluffy and frequent witticisms of previous Bond scripts. However, if the more humorous Bond was your preferred cup of tea, this new direction may leave you yearning to check out some classic 007 titles in your home theater.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Quantum of Solace.

What do you think about the changes to the Bond franchise? Do you appreciate its more serious depictions of the characters? Has our society grown tired of “Bond women” and making jokes about criminals and terrorists? Or, do you think there is a place for lighter and comedic attitudes about these solemn topics?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
14A Frequent Violence.
AB 14A
MB 14A Not Recommended For Children, Violence.
ON PG Violence.
QC 13+ Violence.
NB
NS
NL
PE
14A

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of Quantum of Solace...

Home Video Notes:Quantum of Solace

Release Date: 22 October 2012

In honor of the Bond Franchise’s 50th Anniversary in 2012,Quantum of Solace is re-releasing to home video.

Release Date: 24 March 2009

James Bond fans will feel appeased with the home video release of Quantum of Solace. The following options are available:

Quantum of Solace: Single-Disc DVD

The movie comes with theatrical trailers and the music video, Another Way to Die.

Quantum of Solace: Two-Disc Special Edition DVD

This version comes with the afore-mentioned theatrical trailers and the music video, Another Way to Die, plus: Bond on Location (a 24-minute special feature), Start of Shooting, On Location, Olga Kurylenko and the Boat Chase, Director Marc Forster, The Music and Crew Files.

Quantum of Solace: Blu-ray:

This edition also includes all of the features found on the two-disc DVD special edition.

 

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