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Quantum of Solace 
1st-Dec-2008 01:13 pm
Arcadia
I saw this on the weekend with shazgirl  and quite enjoyed it.

The strongest aspects were the almost complete lack of gadgets, the fact that Bond actually has a character arc (learning to keep people alive occasionally...), and the professional relationship with Camille Montes. The best scene of this relationship is just before the climax when Bond reminds Montes to remember her training when it comes time to make the kill.

To me this made the violence less casual by reinforcing that it needs to be prepared for, that there is a mental state needed that (for most people at least) requires training to achieve.

Montes also has an interesting character background, and I especially appreciated the willingness of the Director to resist the temptation (tradition?) to make Bond girls flawlessly pretty by including a large burn scar on her back as part of establishing that character.

Less impressive was the somewhat excessive explosions, fires, and general fragility of the hotel in the final action sequence. As dalekboy  pointed out afterward it wasn't necessary and even detracted from the focus on the characters which had carried the film so well up to that point. I will acknowledge however that the script include a one-liner beforehand to at least provide some justification for the explosions.
 
On the way home I discovered that Canberra has been invaded by thousands of kids for the Pacific School Games. On the approach to Dickson I pulled up to a set of lights as some Japanese girls were crossing the road and I collected a "Sugoi!" from one of them when she saw the trike. :)
Comments 
1st-Dec-2008 05:56 am (UTC)
The burn scar was one of those aspects handled well. In many films, it would have been hidden, then revealed. In this one, it's on show most of the time, so there is no need to actually make a point of showing it during her story. I liked that.

Is sugoi like underwear?
1st-Dec-2008 07:09 am (UTC) - Sugoi!
Basically means "cool" or "great".

And as you'll soon discover (if you haven't already) that is a fairly typical reaction from kids everywhere to 'bents. :)
1st-Dec-2008 07:31 am (UTC) - Re: Sugoi!
And you will note that I bravely refrained from going anywhere near the gutter there. :)
1st-Dec-2008 07:19 am (UTC) - The Scar
It was however naturally explained later when she gave her motivation. Which I thought was another nice touch - I'd been wondering about it and it had been seen too often to be a glitch by then.
1st-Dec-2008 06:21 am (UTC)
Throw away line, sure, but those explosions were way to slow for hydrogen. It burns REAL fast.

Actually, was impressed by the throw away line. They said 'fuel cell' with no actual explanation that hydrogen was involved.

The bad guy's evil plan was a bit weak too. And their motivation.

Enjoyed the film, though.
1st-Dec-2008 07:13 am (UTC) - Hydrogren Burn Rate
Even with the best of intentions (which I will grant to the producers of this Bond film) there are limits to the amount of realism that can be achieved. :)

Although not verbally mentioned I do recall at least one scene where the text "Hydrogen" could be clearly read onscreen, even if only briefly. I do like that sort of attention to detail.
1st-Dec-2008 07:17 am (UTC) - Water Rights
Actually the motivation makes a lot of sense to me. There are already areas of the world where water rights are becoming contentious and not areas noted for peaceful resolution of disputes.

I honestly expect that there will be at least one war over water this century.

It is easy to forget how often rivers mark national boundaries, which raises the question of divvying up the take if the river gets dammed...
1st-Dec-2008 07:34 am (UTC) - Re: Water Rights
Except it wasn't for long-term hording. It was for

*spoiler*















selling back at twice the price. To an already poor country. Hording would have been great. Big evil speech, show bad guys have a huge long-term view, which would have been commensurate with the depth of the organisation. But it was for a quick buck for poor people, which just seemed petty.
1st-Dec-2008 07:52 am (UTC) - Re: Water Rights
Hmmm. Fair point. I guess I was reading more into the strategy than was there, and after that the tactic made sense.
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