The Bourne Identity was a good mystery/amnesia/action flick that I was surprised I enjoyed as much as I did. Layered characters not typical of any type of agency film and a conspiracy that actually intrigued. So when I heard there was a sequel, I wasn’t surprised. I was dubious about it due to the sequel-syndrome of following clever with crap. The trailer caught my interest enough to lure me into the cinema (much like handing a lolly to any sugar addict).
The Bourne Supremacy, was overall, a good flick. Once again the conspiracy is engaging enough to want to follow it through to completion. Matt Damon is a secret action movie hero, better than Ben Affleck could ever hope for. He is great in this role. I am very glad that the agents and staff of the agencies aren’t goofy tossers. It is such a common stereotype now that it is refreshing to see them taking it seriously.
I have only one problem with Bourne 2. The camera. I don’t think the production company could afford to buy a camera dolly, because it was on the cameraperson’s shoulder for the entire movie. I know for a fact that camera people can film nearly totally motionless on shoulders. I enjoy that style when used to enhance the immediacy or tension. To make things seem live and more real. What I don’t like is when an entire film is wobbly! There were so few motionless shots they could be counted on your digits. Even though I was really enjoying the story and action, the constant motion was similar to being on a train. I always fall asleep on trains! I became rather drowsy. The total opposite of what an audience member should be feeling in a mystery/amnesia/action film. It is bearable, but does distract dramatically at times. If you get motion sickness, perhaps wait till it’s released on DVD.
Apart from the above wrong decision, The Bourne Supremacy is a worthy sequel of Identity.