Script: Tony Gilroy, William Blake Herron
Cast: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Brian Cox, Chris Cooper, Clive Owen, Franka Potente, Gabriel Mann, Joan Allen, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban, Matt Damon
Rated : 8 Stars
As in The Bourne Identity And The Bourne Supremacy No spoilers.
I remember really enjoying The Bourne Identity when I watched it first. But for some reason I never saw the sequel, but with the third out now in the cinemas I thought this is an ideal opportunity to catch up. And when I spotted the dvd set of the pair was only 18 euro I nabbed it.
I haven’t watched any of the extras yet, so can’t comment on those, but I really enjoyed the films. The are the perfect blend of reality and fantasy violence.
The first film opens with a man floating in the ocean. He is rescued by some fishermen who also remove the bullets from his back, as well as a laser with bank account details from his hip. But this fella has lost his memory. He doesn’t know who shot him, or why, or what sort of a person would have a bank account number under his skin. So he sets out to find out.
This is Jason Bourne, our hero, for lack of a better word. And he spends the first film driving around in a Mini, beating up and occasionally killing people who try to stop him. He also has a companion. Marie, he picked her up when he offered her ten thousand to drive him from Switzerland to Paris, although why he didn’t just offer ten grand for the Mini I really don’t know. Possibly this has something to do with plot and actually having someone for Bourne to talk to. Whatever the non-existent-but-convenient-for-the-plot reason, I don’t care, as I liked Marie and her constant “sheise”
The second film starts with Bourne off living a life in India. But someone is after him, and they get his attention, so he does what any good trained-killer does, he goes after the people after him.
Both of the films are quite similar in look and feel. Up close violence with Bourne often forced to improvise on the weapons front. My favourite moment has to be the whole going into battle with nothing but a ball-point pen from the first film. But the second also has him use a rolled-up newspaper. To the well-trained everything is a deadly implement. In a way Bourne’s style of fighting reminded me of Batman Begins, and it is filmed in a somewhat similar style. Up close and personal, meaning you don’t get the whole picture, but you do get the impression of a fast and furious encounter.
They are a little clichéd in their plots. Amnesiac hero must figure out who he is. And on occasion the dialogue is just silly. But that doesn’t matter, because these two films are fun, and from an action film, what more could you want? The violence is of the very-best. Off-screen if it is too nasty, real enough that you feel it, but not so much that you might be put off Bourne himself. He is our hero after all. For an action film this is top-notch.