Tuesday, August 03, 2004

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

It's gratifying to know that the spy movie is alive and well with the Bourne series, and I basically like Matt Damon in this role, however The Bourne Supremacy has two basic problems - the screenwriting and the direction. I'd have preferred more psychological drama and less chase; considering that the first hour is almost all chase with almost no plot development, if you haven't recently viewed The Bourne Identity to refresh on the premise, you'll be at a loss to understand what is going on and why. I could almost overlook the weak writing if not for Paul Greengrass' directing style. This movie is filmed almost entirely with handheld cameras, super closeups, and relentless quick cuts. The result is literally painful to watch; my eyes began to hurt within the first fifteen minutes. I wanted to move the camera back a few feet in just about every scene. Franka Potente does a nice turn as the girlfriend, but she bites it during the first reel. Let's hope they enlist a better director and screenwriter before lensing The Bourne Ultimatum, the third and last Bourne novel by Robert Ludlum.

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