A new entry from Jamie Uhler:
Archive for May 2nd, 2010
by Allan Fish
(USA/UK 2007 115m) DVD1/2
p Frank Marshal, Patrick Crowley, Paul L.Sandberg d Paul Greengrass w Tony Gilroy, Scott Z.Burns, George Nolfi novel Robert Ludlum ph Oliver Wood ed Christopher Rouse m John Powell art Peter Wenham
Matt Damon (Jason Bourne), Joan Allen (Pamela Landy), Julia Stiles (Nikki Parsons), David Strathairn (Noah Vosen), Scott Glenn (Ezra Kramer), Paddy Considine (Simon Ross), Albert Finney (Dr Albert Hirsch), Edgar Ramirez (Paz), Tom Gallop (Tom Cronin), Corey Johnson (Wills), Daniel Brühl (Martin Kreutz),
Before beginning this essay something made me look up the film on the IMDb and, when I did so, it was not without a sense of irony that I saw a picture under the title that seemed to have no relation, the smiling face of Jennifer Garner. It was only a photo taken at the film’s premiere, but the smile was because Garner was subconsciously linked to Bourne. She never starred in any of the Bourne films, had no direct connection to the franchise, but it was her iconic role as Sydney Bristow in TV’s Alias in the early part of the new millennium that helped make spies, the CIA and espionage all cool for the Generation X, and it was at the same time as that show made it’s first mark that the first Bourne film, The Bourne Identity, made its own mark.
Identity wasn’t a great film, but it was a solid enough effort, and helped to bring big screen espionage out of the dark ages of James Bond, a franchise whose concurrent Die Another Day had left it dead in the water. Identity warranted a sequel, and warranted a new, better director, Paul Greengrass, so that The Bourne Supremacy was a better film and warranted its own sequel. Yet by the time of Ultimatum’s arrival, James Bond had done its own Lazarus act in Casino Royale with Daniel Craig’s rough and rugged 007 dragging that dinosaur into the present and laying down the gauntlet to Greengrass, Damon and the rest to try and top it with Ultimatum. Could it top its own predecessors and kick Bond back to the back pages? Well, in the words of Bourne himself, “it gets easier.” They not only achieved it, but made the most essential action film of the last decade or so, finally dragging that tired genre out of the slow-mo gunfights of the talentless John Woo imitators and into the 21st century. (more…)