Sunday, August 08, 2004

The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Supremacy is now showing in theaters. Actually, it has been showing now for two weeks. The Bourne Supremacy stars Matt Damon as title character Jason Bourne. It is the second in the Bourne series which is based on novels by Robert Ludlum, and it brings back all of the actors from The Bourne Identity, including Julia Stiles and Brian Cox. Like its predecessor, The Bourne Supremacy is action-packed and exciting. Perhaps the most striking aspect of this film is the cinematography. The fight sequences and the car chases are filmed in an extremely up-close manner. Sometimes it is hard to tell exactly what is going on. The viewer experiences a mixture of anxiety and confusion. It almost gives the viewer an idea what it might be like to actually participate in a deadly hand-to-hand struggle or a high speed chase through urban traffic. The film also has a very cool techno-Euro soundtrack.

Like The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy is only loosely based on the plotline of the novel for which it is named. However, I believe that this is a good thing. The Bourne movies remain extremely true to the tone and feel of Ludlum's excellent novels, but they still contain new and innovative plots that will keep even the most loyal Ludlum readers guessing.