Quantum of Solace

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Craig's 2nd Bond grittier, angrier than his first.
  • PG-13
  • 2008
  • 106 minutes
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 53 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Revenge, espionage and corporate greed are glamorized.

Positive Role Models & Representations

James Bond is largely motivated by a thirst for revenge and seems to have little regard for human life. He does save the life of a character he barely knows, however, because he senses she's in danger. Felix Leiter disregards a directive he feels is immoral. Several characters belong to a global crime syndicate involving multinational corporations and billionaires who can act like mercenaries and destabilize countries. A female foil to Bond is out for vengeance.

Violence

From the movie's first scene, there's a nearly endless stream of action and violence. There are fiery explosions; bloody hand-to-hand battles using knives, guns, pipes, and other weapons; shootouts; disturbing scenes of a tortured woman and a dying character; and lots of death-defying stunts.

Sex

Bond passionately kisses two different women throughout the course of the film. In one scene he gets into bed shirtless and kisses a woman whose bare shoulders and back are visible. They've obviously just made love (off camera).

Language

Infrequent: "s--t," "bastard," "bloody," "ass."

Consumerism

Several cars: Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, Ford, Volkswagen, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Bond characteristically drinks cocktails, wine, and beer at bars, in a plane, and at parties; other characters drink and smoke cigarettes/cigars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the second James Bond adventure starring Daniel Craig is, like 2006's Casino Royale, full of non-stop action sequences and has a darker, grittier tone than earlier Bond films. Unlike his predecessors, who barely broke a sweat while sipping their precious martinis, Craig's 007 bleeds real blood and gets into dirty, bare-knuckle, hand-to-hand fights. The violence includes knife fights, gun fights, fist fights, and fire fights. A liked character dies, a woman is tortured (off camera) in a particularly cruel manner, and dozens of characters die in explosions or shootouts. There are a couple of passionate kisses and one scene that obviously takes place after Bond and a woman have had sex (her bare shoulders and back are shown, and he's shirtless). Product placements are mostly cars, like Bond's signature Aston Martin, and language is relatively minimal ("s--t" and "bastard").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 9 year old Written byxgame July 18, 2011

The whip hits good and dark.

THE START:Daniel Craig hits again and throws the shot of the detective James Bond,007.This movie goes dark again,you will frickin' love it. _______________... Continue reading
Parent of a 1 and 3 year old Written byNavymother March 29, 2009

I guess a bare vagina isn't nudity any more.

I don't know how they missed, but this movie has vulgar nudity. The girl who is being raped bares a naked vagina. If you didn't see it, you missed i... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bybslrpl July 1, 2011

Intense bond film for the modern age

A very action packed and violent bond movie. This one has the least sexual content of any bond movie ever made. Only one brief scene that has sex implied. There... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byKatie-Kakes October 24, 2009

okay for tweens

just like most bond movies there is a lot of violence, but that is to be excpected in soy movies, slightly boring but cool anyway. brilliant

What's the story?

In Daniel Craig's second outing as James Bond, the brilliant British spy's mission is extremely personal. Picking up right where Casino Royale ended, QUANTUM OF SOLACE finds Bond determined to capture those responsible for the death of his beloved Vesper Lynd (Eva Green). The search leads him to billionaire Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric, so memorable in Munich), a member of an international crime syndicate that has the money and power to destabilize economies, depose uncooperative dictators, and install corrupt ones -- all for a steep price. With the help of Camille (Olga Kurylenko), a beautiful Bolivian Secret Service agent, and CIA counterpart Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), Bond follows Greene around the world to uncover more about the mysterious "Quantum" group and ultimately avenge Vesper's murder.

Is it any good?

Craig continues to prove that his brooding, physical, broken take on Bond works wonders, even though he lacks a bit of the dashing sophistication so effortless in predecessor Pierce Brosnan. This Bond bleeds real blood, shows off a body full of scars, and feels deeply about Vesper's death. That doesn't mean he won't casually jump into bed with red-headed MI6 beauty Strawberry Fields (Gemma Arterton). But Craig's 007 isn't so much an unattached ladykiller as he is a tortured man willing to kill without much of a second thought. Some of his best scenes are opposite Kurylenko, whose Camille is also looking to settle a personal score with the Bolivian general negotiating with Greene. They're both angry and searching for the kind of closure that only a gun can bring.

Like all decent films in the 007 canon, Quantum of Solace has a heavy dose of explosive action, several humorous one-liners, and lots of horsepower -- although sadly, the signature Aston Martin gets trashed in the first car chase. There's even a cheesy opening credit sequence featuring Jack White and Alicia Keys' entry in the Bond flick theme song playlist, "Another Way to Die." But stock Bond elements aside, Craig's James seethes in a way that none of the earlier Bonds did, and after a while, it's actually a downer. Let's hope the next installment tones down the fury just a tad. Some of us prefer our Bonds the opposite of a martini -- stirred but not shaken.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes James Bond "cool." Is it his remoteness? His amazing physical prowess?

  • Does Quantum of Solace use alcohol and cigarettes to support or take away from Bond's appeal?

  • What makes James Bond so appealing (and enduring) in general?

  • How are different women portrayed?

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