Notes on Movies: The Bourne Trilogy

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The Bourne Identity

Doug Liman — who helms the first installment — may be the series’ best director, but The Bourne Identity doesn’t live up to its filmmaker. The script is consistently action packed — which Liman directs fluidly — but the characterizations lifeless. There’s something interesting about having a character who doesn’t know who he is, but the problem arises: if he doesn’t know who he is, is he anything? The answer in The Bourne Identity seems to be “no”… Bourne is characterless. In addition to a dreary protagonist, the roles for women (like many spy thrillers) are weak and hackneyed (secretaries, and love interests) but will these issues be corrected in the sequels? Released in 2002. Written by Tony Gilroy. Based on a novel by Robert Ludlum. Starring Matt Damon, Franka Potente. 118 minutes.


The Bourne Supremacy

Paul Greengrass directs the unexpected sequel The Bourne Supremacy which takes…

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