ok ok, i know, lame title. but i guess that happens when you have not update your blog for a long time. as you can see from the previous entries, my wonderful life has turned completely the other way round. i am in a big mess. not like its my fault, but it happened. family tagedies, family mishaps, and the lists goes on and one…. but that is for next time when i have the energy to re-think about and maybe tell it.
so, anyways, i had family day recently, organized by my wonderful company. yes, this year, they decided that our family day will be in vivocity GV. i mean, why not? just rent the whole GV in vivo and blocked others from using it and we have a fun family day there. i mean, its just 7 movie theathers for the 1000 odd of us… rich company right??? i am so looking forward to my bonus lor!!!
“Quantum of Solace (2008) is the 22nd James Bond film by EON Productions, released in the United Kingdom on 31 October, North America on 14 November and in Australia on 19 November 2008. The direct sequel to the 2006 film Casino Royale, it is directed by Marc Forster, and features Daniel Craig‘s second performance as James Bond. In the film, Bond battles Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), a member of the Quantum organisation posing as an environmentalist, who intends to stage a coup d’état in Bolivia to take control of its water supply. Bond seeks revenge for the death of Vesper Lynd, and is assisted by Camille Montes (Olga Kurylenko), who has her own vengeance issues.”
What i think of the movie? well, i think you can only connect yourself to the movie if you watch the previous one. (which i did, also at vivo, Gold Class mind you!!!!!)
As the movie started like as if its one of the episode in tv, but this time, the film continues immediately after the events of Casino Royale with Bond driving from Lake Garda to Siena, Italy.(ok, the cinematography this time is really… amazing lah!!!!!!) With the captured Mr White in the boot of his car, Bond is attacked by chasing henchmen. After evading his pursuers, Bond and M interrogate White regarding his organisation, Quantum. M’s bodyguard, Mitchell, is revealed as a traitor, attacking M and allowing White to escape; Bond chases Mitchell across Siena, through the crowd assembled for the Palio di Siena, and kills him. Following a lead resulting from forensic investigation of Mitchell’s apartment, Bond heads to Haiti to find Mitchell’s contact, Edmund Slate, whom he kills in a struggle. Posing as Slate, Bond learns that Slate was sent to kill Camille Montes at the behest of her lover, Dominic Greene, the chairman of an ecological organization called Greene Planet. Bond pursues her by motorbike and observes her meeting with Greene. Bond learns that Greene is helping Bolivian General Medrano stage an overthrow of his government in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of desert.
Greene has Camille escorted away on Medrano’s boat to “sweeten”(underline, means shagging your way up to get whatever you want!) their deal, but Bond rescues her. Bond then follows Greene to a private jet, which flies to Austria accompanied by CIA agents Gregg Beam and Felix Leiter. Beam offers the United States’ support of the overthrow in return for preferential leases to Bolivian petroleum, which he believes Greene to have discovered. In return, Greene requests that the CIA eliminate Bond’s interference.
On the Austrian shore of Lake Constance near Bregenz(i have been here before!!), members of Quantum – including Greene and White – gather at a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s opera Tosca.(ok, no opera review this time round! but its a hell of an opera!) Quantum members in attendance hold a conference via concealed earpieces and finalize plans for their Tierra Project. Among the plotters is Guy Haines, an advisor of the British Prime Minister. Bond obtains an earpiece and disrupts the meeting, and then takes photos of various Quantum members as they flee the theater. As Greene abruptly departs from the opera, he is intercepted by Bond and a gunfight ensues in a restaurant.(another Bond moment!!!!) On a rooftop, Bond confronts Haines’ bodyguard, who is subsequently killed by Greene.
On learning of the bodyguard’s death, being told it was by Bond, M revokes his passports and credit cards and demands that he return to London. Bond instead travels to Italy by boat, where he reunites with his old ally René Mathis. Bond persuades the retired agent, once stationed in Bolivia, to accompany him to La Paz. They are greeted by Strawberry Fields, an MI6 field operative from the British Consulate. Fields demands that Bond return to the UK on the next available flight, but he disobeys and seduces her in their hotel suite. (oh, did singapore cut the sex scenes?? cause there weren’t any.. i mean what kind of Bond movie movie is it without all that hot shagging?????) That night, they attend a fundraiser being held by Greene, where Camille reappears. Bond and Camille leave hastily together with help from Fields, but are pulled over by the Bolivian police. The police order Bond to open the boot of his vehicle, revealing a bloodied Mathis. As Bond lifts Mathis out of the boot, the policemen open fire and fatally injure Mathis. Bond disarms and kills the policemen and comforts the dying Mathis, who asks Bond to forgive Vesper Lynd!! The drama… He died and was left unambitiously on a rubbish bin.
Bond and Camille drive to the location of Greene’s intended land acquisition, surveying the area in a Douglas DC-3 plane.(ok, this part a bit fake lah. the plane so old, then can fly like one jet fighter plane.. all these with one engine running only???!! WTF??) They are intercepted and shot down by an Aermacchi SF.260 fighter and a Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter. They escape from the crippled plane by parachuting into a sinkhole. Attempting to escape the cave, Bond and Camille learn that Greene’s Tierra Project involves water: Quantum is blockading Bolivia’s supply of fresh water, normally flowing in subterranean rivers, by damming it into hidden reservoirs beneath the desert. Bond also learns that Camille’s family was raped and murdered by Medrano and that she is seeking revenge. After these revelations, they return to La Paz, where Bond meets M and discovers that Quantum murdered Fields by drowning her in petroleum.(quite an artistic view i feel, all shiny black and glossy. it kinds looked like a statue) Believing that Bond has become a threat to both friend and foe, M orders him to disarm and end his activities in Bolivia, but he escapes by overpowering the MI6 operatives accompanying him in a lift, telling M before departing that he is not finished with his operation.
Bond later meets Felix Leiter( an anerican pretending to be a local) at a local bar, who advises that the CIA is after Bond, and discloses the location where Greene and Medrano will later meet. Bond flees when American forces arrive to eliminate him. Bond and Camille go to a hydrogen fuel cell-powered eco-hotel(very glam!!!!!!!!) in the Bolivian desert, where Greene and Medrano are finalising their plans. As the various parties depart, Bond attacks and kills the departing Colonel of Police for betraying Mathis, and sets off a chain of explosions when a hydrogen fuel tank is hit by an out of control vehicle. Camille kills Medrano, and Bond captures Greene. After interrogating him, he leaves Greene stranded in the middle of the desert with only a can of motor oil. Bond drives Camille to a train station, where they kiss before she departs.
Bond goes to Kazan, Russia, where he confronts Vesper Lynd’s former lover, Yusef Kabira. Yusef is a member of Quantum who seduces high-ranking women that have valuable connections, getting them to give up government assets as ransom for himself in fake kidnappings where he is supposedly held hostage. He is attempting to do the same with Canadian agent Corinne Venneau, even giving her the same kind of necklace he gave Vesper. Surprising them at Yusef’s apartment, Bond tells Corinne about Vesper and advises her to alert the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. Bond leaves Yusef’s apartment and is confronted by M who is surprised that Bond did not kill Yusef, but rather left him alive for questioning. M reveals that Leiter has been promoted at the CIA to replace Beam, and that Greene was found in the desert, shot dead and with motor oil in his stomach. Bond doesn’t volunteer any information on Greene, but tells M that she was right about Vesper. M then tells Bond that MI6 needs him and fully reinstates him as an agent. Bond walks off into the night telling M that he never left. As he leaves, he drops Vesper’s necklace in the snow.
Sigh, its a damn nice movie lah, i mean, its Bond for goodness sake, but where are the sex scenes???????
but on an overall, i would give it 4.5 Stars! whee… a perfect saturday morning movie! oh yes, saturday morning!!
mira and me. colleagues….
oh, i brought my sister along.. family day mah, give me 2 tickets only.. haiz….
we went to Butter Factory lah!! and we aren’t just any clubbers, we are on Guest Lists ok. oklah, got friends, can travel! LOL… oh, which reminds me, i have still not shown you my halloween photos. which i had a blast of a time in Butter too!! ok, maybe next time i show………
we were so colourful that night… all primary colours have can??? happy photo!!!!!!!!!!
jasmine hor, she got.. huge… erm…. u know!! muhahahhahaha!!!!!
inside Butter!! whee…….. oh, then, things just got a little freaky when people are drunk. gosh, thank god i am soberlah!
see what i mean? micheal already like.. erm…… LOL
anna also gone.. hahaha ok, there are so much more photos but its just too….. scandalous lah.. cannot show! hahahahahhaha… ciao!