Monday, February 23, 2009

Quantum of Solace (Marc Forster, 2008)

***
UK/USA




Dubious psychoanalysis and fluffed-up topicality have infiltrated the superhero genre, so that now Daniel Craig has to play Jason Bourne playing James Bond. Fortunately no one told Mathieu Amalric about the series' gloomy-sexy revamp. It's a shame he didn't grow a moustache in time so he could twirl it and also that no one passed him a fluffy white cat so he could stroke it. He resurrects a brand of hysterical Eurotrash villain that I at least presumed extinct since the 70s. He's either playing in a different movie to the rest of the cast or he is the only one among them to pinpoint the cheap and shiny and delightfully convoluted bit of trash hiding behind the murky hand-held world-economy-referencing gloss.

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