Quantum of Solace
Directed by Marc Forster

James Bond deals with the loss of the woman he loved.

This century’s “James Bond has more in common with Jason Bourne than just initials,” said Leah Rozen in People. Quantum of Solace, the 22nd film in the spy series, swaps the humor and high life of Ian Fleming’s franchise for high-speed action. It picks up only minutes after the end of 2006’s Casino Royale. Haunted by the death of the woman he loved, Bond (Daniel Craig) takes revenge on the organization that blackmailed her—and on everyone else in his path. All work and no play, however, makes Bond dull and “almost unrecognizable,” said Ann Hornaday in The Washington Post. “Less on a mission than a killing spree,” 007 comes off as a serial killer with a sense of style. “Filmed on the fly and whip-edited into a mash of spite and mayhem,” Quantum of Solace looks just like any other action film. Gone are the lush locales, nifty gadgets, and “babes with ridiculous names” that typify Bond films, said Dana Stevens in Slate.com. Personally, I’d trade a Quantum of Solace for a “modicum of fun.”