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Espionage thriller trilogy starring Matt Damon as CIA assassin Jason Bourne. In the first film, 'The Bourne Identity' (2002), Bourne is pulled out the Mediterranean by fishermen, badly wounded and suffering from amnesia. Unable to recall either who he is or what has happened to him, his only clue to his identity is the number of a Swiss bank account which has been etched into a device implanted in his body. Following the lead to Zurich, he discovers money, passports and a gun waiting for him, but also earns the attention of the security services and has to leave in a hurry. He then persuades a young woman named Marie Kreutz (Franka Potente) to drive him to Paris, where he hopes to find out his true identity and discover the reason why the CIA are taking such an interest in him. In the second instalment, 'The Bourne Supremacy' (2004), Bourne has left his violent past behind him and is living a normal life with girlfriend Marie under an assumed name. But his plans for a peaceful life are crushed when he narrowly escapes an assassination attempt. Now hunted by an unknown enemy, Bourne must prove that he is not an easy target. In the final instalment, 'The Bourne Ultimatum' (2007), Bourne races to uncover the dark mysteries of his past while a government agent is hot on his trail following a shootout in Moscow. Julia Stiles, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Paddy Considine co-star.
The Bourne Identity
Freely adapted from Robert Ludlum's 1980 bestseller, The Bourne Identity starts fast and never slows down. The twisting plot revs up in Zurich, where amnesiac CIA assassin Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), with no memory of his name, profession, or recent activities, recruits a penniless German traveler (Run Lola Run's Franka Potente) to assist in solving the puzzle of his missing identity. While his CIA superior (Chris Cooper) dispatches assassins to kill Bourne and thus cover up his failed mission, Bourne exercises his lethal training to leave a trail of bodies from Switzerland to Paris. Director Doug Liman (Go) infuses Ludlum's intricate plotting with a maverick's eye for character detail, matching breathtaking action with the humorous, thrill-seeking chemistry of Damon and Potente. Previously made as a 1988 TV movie starring Richard Chamberlain, The Bourne Identity benefits from the sharp talent of rising stars, offering intelligent, crowd-pleasing excitement from start to finish. --Jeff Shannon
The Bourne Supremacy
Good enough to suggest long-term franchise potential, The Bourne Supremacy is a thriller fans will appreciate for its well-crafted suspense, and for its triumph of competence over logic (or lack thereof). Picking up where The Bourne Identity left off, the action begins when CIA assassin and partial amnesiac Jason Bourne (a role reprised with efficient intensity by Matt Damon) is framed for a murder in Berlin, setting off a chain reaction of pursuits involving CIA handlers (led by Joan Allen and the duplicitous Brian Cox, with Julia Stiles returning from the previous film) and a shadowy Russian oil magnate. The fast-paced action hurtles from India to Berlin, Moscow, and Italy, and as he did with the critically acclaimed Bloody Sunday, director Paul Greengrass puts you right in the thick of it with split-second editing (too much of it, actually) and a knack for well-sustained tension. It doesn't all make sense, and bears little resemblance to Robert Ludlum's novel, but with Damon proving to be an appealingly unconventional action hero, there's plenty to look forward to. --Jeff Shannon
The Bourne Ultimatum
The often breathtaking, final installment in the Bourne trilogy finds the titular assassin with no memory closing in on his past, finally answering his own questions about his real identity and how he came to be a seemingly unstoppable killing machine. Matt Damon returns for another intensely physical performance as Jason Bourne, the rogue operative at war with the CIA, which made him who and what he is and managed to kill his girlfriend in the series' second film, The Bourne Supremacy. Now looking for payback, Bourne goes in search for the renegade chief of CIA operations in Europe and North Africa, partnering for a time with a mysterious woman from his past (Julia Stiles) and constantly--constantly--on the run from assassins, intelligence foot soldiers, and cops. Directed by Paul Greengrass (United 93) with the director’s thrilling, trademark textures and shaky, documentary style, The Bourne Ultimatum is largely a succession of action scenes that reveal a lot about the story’s characters while they’re under duress. Joan Allen, Albert Finney, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, and Paddy Considine comprise the film’s terrific supporting cast, and the well-traveled movie leads viewers through Turin, Madrid, Tangiers, Paris, London, and New York. Overall, this is a satisfying conclusion to Bourne’s exciting and protracted mystery. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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As for the movies themselves, they are watchable over and over. Damon is excellent in these flicks and the supporting casts are top notch. Action sequences are great and you can tell that the effects folks did the bulk of the work in the real world, instead of CGI. I love the times that I have found friends who have not seen the trilogy before, just so I can watch with them.
Matt Damon is electrifying as Jason Bourne, and the suspense keeps building up with each sequel and doesn't let up - not even when the credits roll at the end of part 3 (The Bourne Ultimatum).
Very, very highly recommended if you're looking for a less glamorous, but more realistic James Bond-type film, assuming you don't mind the conflicted American protagonist. And why not?
It's difficult not to become emotionally attached to the trials and tribulations this former black ops assassin faces throughout the roughly 6 hour ensemble.
The revelations and emotions which grip Bourne as the trilogy progress (and he slowly regains parts of his memory back) feel genuine in every sense of the word.
I cannot say enough good things about the (modernized) film adaptations of - the late - Robert Ludlum's books. Chances are he would be proud.
And if you enjoy the genre, then chances are that this trilogy is a ride you'll never forget, so jump on and enjoy!
Imagine not knowing who you are and wondering why you have certain abilities and a group of people trying to kill you. Damon is not a typical action hero and has more range than most actors cast in such roles. The resulting blend is more than pure thrills. Damon makes you care about whether Bourne lives or dies. I found myself wanting him to uncover the conspiracy and forge some kind of new life for himself.
The supporting cast throughout the three movies is also worthy of mention. You'll see Clive Owen, Chris Cooper, Julia Stiles, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn.
I made the mistake of watching the third part of the trilogy first because it was on cable and I was curious. The story makes a lot more sense when you see it from the beginning. After experiencing the story in the correct order a couple of times, my rating increased.
If you are a fan of action, The Bourne Trilogy won't disappoint. If you need decent acting and an intelligent plot, it's also up to the task. It's hard to be bored at any time and the conclusion is satisfying.
The video presentation is crisp and clear, though the blacks might be a little too crushing during night scenes in Supremacy and Ultimatum (maybe it was just my TV, but I went through all the settings and still couldn't get rid of it). Identity might seem not as vivid as the other two but still holds incredibly well. The benefits of Blu Ray really shines when you watch the scenes on Goa in Supremacy and Tangier in Ultimatum, though.
Audio is also very well done, with rear speaker usage becoming really apparent in the Greengrass films, where bullets whizzing by or crowd noise really draws you into the movie. Dialogue is usually clear coming from the centre speaker, and explosions, as rare as they are, sound great. The car chases are also a highlight- every crash, every skid of the wheels, you feel it.
The bonus features are also well worth looking into, although I wished there was more in Ultimatum. There might not be a lot of behind the scenes of how a particular scene was shot, but what's there is pretty interesting.
All in all, this is THE best way to experience the Bourne Trilogy at home. The movies themselves are excellent. Identity may be the slowest of the three, but it's the most character heavy and keeps you watching with spectacular chemistry between Damon and Potente and clever mixes of action. Supremacy intensifies everything, largely due to Greengrass' way of shooting, which might throw off some, but I thought worked very well for this series. I always thought Supremacy was the "middle-ground", with character moments and action balanced out.Read more ›
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I really enjoyed these movies when they came out and they didn't disappoint this time around!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer