The Bourne Identity (2002) IMDb

Categorization

Action thriller made to reinvigorate the superagent motif (James Bond et al.).

Subject

A high-tech secret government organization thinks it has lost an agent in the field. Suddenly, that agent surfaces in Zürich performing seemingly irrational and potentially treacherous actions. The movie opens with the same man floating face up in the ocean, two bullets in his back.

Commentary

Many excellent, realistically directed action sequences. Strained love interest—her turn-ons include vomiting in shock—unsympathetic villain (Wombosi), and cute kids turning multi-million dollar killing machines into piles of empathic goo.

References here: The pulping of Delta Green.

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Sequel:

The Bourne Supremacy (2004) IMDb

Categorization

Much the same, but closer to conventional action, heavy on chasing stuff around.

Subject

Bourne is retired, trying to stay undetected with his trophy girl in Goa, and Treadstone is dead. However, a sniper is all it takes to pull Bourne back into his old life.

Commentary

Lacks the good directing/editing of the original, in favour of conventional, incoherent, choppy, shaky bullshit. Bourne’s moral ambiguity is perhaps slightly more effective here, but he’s also closer to being physically impervious.

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