The Bourne Supremacy

I saw this movie on Saturday, July 24 at 9:10pm. The theater was packed with people and we (Beth and I) ended up sitting in the 3rd or 4th row. Ordinarily, sitting a little close wouldn’t be a problem but it ended up working against us because of some of the horrible, horrible cinematography in the movie.

Immediately noticeable in the opening shot of Jason Bourne, the bouncing pan of a handheld camera was very distracting and almost dizzying. Instead of lambasting the many instances of mindlessly edited, out-of-focus, milli-second-flash-cut action sequences, suffice it to say that there are plenty of instances in this movie where the directing detracts from the storytelling. The director was Paul Greengrass. I’ll probably make it a point to avoid his work in the future.

This was my first exposure the ‘Bourne’ series of books and movies. The Bourne Supremacy is a sequel to The Bourne Identity. All the pertinent background information for the movies can be gleaned from the basic premise that Jason Bourne was a secret-spy-assassin-guy and then got amnesia. On its own, the movie is alright. There are no real surprises in the plot, but the story kept me interested enough to keep watching. Comparing Damon’s portrayals of Bourne, and Loki in Dogma make me realize that he is a convincing actor and skilled at differentiating his characters. (Contrast that with the arrogant-angry-black-man Will Smith has played in just about all the movies I have ever seen him in).

Even though there is a lot of action in this movie, the action sucks. The little bit you can make out through blurs, whirs, and shakes won’t sate your appetite for seeing dudes get punched and chased.

Judging by the number of seats I saw filled when I went, I predict that this movie will be #1 this weekend, with a large drop off in the following weeks. I think I, Robot will probably have more staying power on the merits of Bourne’s bad directing.

If you really want to see it, then my advice is to rent it along with 2-3 other movies, or just wait till its available as part of your NetFlix rotation.

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