Bourne is back. Or maybe it’d be more accurate to say that he never really went away, as this film picks up even before the second in the series, The Bourne Supremacy, has finished. So it is worth your while making sure you’ve seen that before you take a look at this one. That being said it isn’t vital, you’ll pick up on a main plot soon enough, and while what you miss out on does add to the film it isn’t totally necessary as there is plenty of back story floating around in this film.
This may be my favourite of the series so far. Plenty of action and violence. But it isn’t really ever over the top. Well, maybe it is, but it is done in a vaguely realistic way, so the audience doesn’t think it is way over the top. There is the usual film problem, you know who the hero is, and you aren’t really ever worried he is going to lose, but at the same time some of those fight scenes really do make you wince. I’ve always loved the way Bourne uses anything that is lying around in a fight, from towels to pens, everything can be a weapon.
There has been some comparison in certain reviews to the James Bond films. I don’t agree. Bond has always very unrealistic, although I suppose you could argue that the latest film, Casino Royale was a more Bourne-ish take on spying.
Like the others the shooting style is fast and full of cuts, aggressive shooting, so if you don’t like that you won’t enjoy the film. Or if you sit to close to the screen. But I really enjoyed it. As with the others it brought the style of Batman Begins to mind, which, imo, is a good thing.