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The Bourne Supremacy (Widescreen Edition)
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They should have left him alone. Academy Award winner Matt Damon is back as expert assassin Jason Bourne in this stunning, non-stop action hit. Fuelled by awesome fight scenes and some of the most breathtaking chase sequences ever filmed, it's a state-of-the-art espionage thriller that explodes into action and never lets up!
The bonus material is comprised of nine 4-6 minutes featurettes on various aspects of the production, giving insight on how the selection of director Paul Greengrass--with his documentary, impromptu methods--led to the film's much-talked-about style. The most interesting are about how they blow up things (without a computer) and a look at the Go Mobile, a new rig to capture a car chase on film. Even though it's not listed on the packaging, there is a commentary track with the director (uninteresting as it is). Something that is listed on the package, "Explosive Deleted Scenes," is really about 7 minutes of ho-hum expository scenes. Note: the frantic, hand-held camera work in the film makes it hard to view on the small screen, especially on the full-screen edition. --Doug Thomas
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Paul Greengrass
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 49 minutes
- Release date : December 7, 2004
- Actors : Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : Spanish, French
- Producers : Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Paul L. Sandberg
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B0002ZDVEU
- Writers : Tony Gilroy
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,522 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Vibrant and vital, Greengrass’s trademark fleeting, darting camerawork forces viewers to scan scenes with Bourne’s eyes, and inhabit his jittery uncertainty of who might swing around a corner or peek from behind a rafter. This film teems with sit-up straight action. Bourne’s anger and several barrels of petrol fuel a car chase to rival “The French Connection” in “Supremacy.”
On the large scene of a movie theater, the motion and quick editing is to fast for the eye to follow well. You can't focus long enough to tell what is going on. The closer you sit to the scene, I would think it even more annoying. The worst 2 scenes filmed in this manner are the main fight scene between Borne and another trained killer agent and the final climatic chase scene in Moscow. The extra long chase in Moscow is especially difficult to watch as the quick editing and camera work make it tiring and you long for the scene to end soon.
Now that the movie is out on DVD, I rented a widescreen version to watch at home. On the smaller sized screen the scenes are less noticable and not quite as tiring to watch.
I have read other reviews of people who think this type of motion for action scenes is great, but for the vast majority of movie goers it is very tiresome. I have always loved roller coasters and thought the newer ones with loops and rolls looked like great fun after observing them from the ground. But after being in one, I began to get vertigo and nausaus and decided it was more fun to watch them than be in one. That is true for this movie and its action sequences as well. It would be better to be an observer standing to the side than a participant.
A few things missing in the movie. Was it necessary to kill off Maria? If Berlin police have a manhunt for him, why wouldn't they alert train stations and other public transportation to be on the lookout for him? How could he take a train to Moscow from Germany without being stopped or caught along the route? If all of Moscow is looking for Jason Bourne, why did they quit looking? Is it to be implied that they quit looking for him when they arrested the Russian oil mogul? After the dramatic car chase and crash in a tunnel by Borne, he abandons his vehicle and leaves on foot. No one seems to be after him from this point of the movie. Doesn't ring true.
I would give this movie an "A-" for acting, "B" for plot and story development, "A-" for pacing, "B+" for action, and a "C" for camera work. Overall a "C+" movie. It could have been a better film. The 1st movie with Matt Damon is still the better of the two films. Hopefully, the producers will take note of movie goers critisizms of this film and do better on the next one. Because Jason Bourne is a great character to bring to life on the big screen.
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With such a handicap, it's surprising that it works so very well - especially since there are few narrative surprises (you can guess the villain long before a trusting sacrificial lamb gives him a crucial piece of information at the cost of his life simply by scanning out the cast list and looking for the first likely typecast suspect to jump out at you). But then the fun of the first film wasn't what it did, but how it did it, particularly the practical ways Bourne evades and eludes his pursuers: the first car chase exists in a credible milieu, constantly thwarted by traffic jams and crowds. The film even manages to find an environment where Joan Allen's eternal humorlessness actually seems appropriate, and it's a genuine surprise that the film's climax is an emotional scene that effectively damns its hero even as he tries to unburden himself of guilt. Impressive stuff despite the problems.
i don`t think it is worth the "upgrade"