Friday, August 3, 2012

Jason revisits The Bourne Supremacy

Leading up to the release of The Bourne Legacy, The Basement will take a look back at the groundbreaking franchise that made an unlikely hero out of Matt Damon and changed the way action movies were made forever.

When Jason Bourne is framed for a botched CIA operation he is forced to take up his former life as a trained assassin to survive. 

This is my least favourite of the Bourne series. That said, it's still lightyears better than most of what passes for filmed entertainment these days. It's also the first Bourne directed by Paul Greengrass, who brought a documentary style to the series that gives the films a realistic feel.

In my opinion this is both good and bad. Some of the fight scenes are almost unintelligible, but the car chase at the movie's conclusion is a visceral thrill. The viewer feels like they are a part of the action. It's one of the best action scenes ever put on film.

Credit must also be given to Greengrass and screenwriter Tony Gilroy for having the balls to kill off Marie, played by Franka Potente. With her gone, so too is the series' heart. But her death also drives the films forward, much like the lead character. It had to happen, but her presence is missed throughout the rest of this film.

However, Joan Allen is a worthy asset to the series. Pamela Landy and the rest of the CIA operatives who hunt Bourne become as integral to the films as Bourne himself, making for an effective game of cat and mouse. This is also the movie that introduced us to Karl Urban: Badass, and now he's playing Judge Dredd. The world needs more Karl Urban: Badass.

Even with its flaws, The Bourne Supremacy rates a Good. It's solid action entertainment.

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