Friday, September 30, 2011


Below is my ranking of the three movies based upon the Jason Bourne trilogy written by novelist Robert Ludlum. All three movies starred Matt Damon as the amnesiac CIA assassin trying to discover his real identity. Doug Liman directed the first film and Paul Greengrass directed the second and third films:


1. "The Bourne Supremacy" (2004) - This movie introduced director Paul Greengrass to the Bourne franchise. Yes, the shaky-cam photography was introduced in this film. But I am willing to overlook it, due to the story's tight and well-written story that raised the emotion to a level that made this film an absolute gem for me. It also featured - in my opinion - two of the most emotionally satisfying scenes in the entire franchise.

2. "The Bourne Identity" (2002) - The only one directed by Doug Liman, this movie is probably the closest adaptation of any of Robert Ludlum's Bourne novels. And it also featured one of the best action sequences near the end of the film. However, three-fourths into the story, the movie's pacing threatened to bog down and nearly put me to sleep. But it is still a great introduction to the cinematic Bourne saga.

3. "The Bourne Ultimatum" (2007) - This 2007 movie is now considered to be the best of the Bourne movies. Do not get me wrong. I enjoyed it very much. But the movie had obvious plot holes that made me regard it in a lesser light than the previous two movies. And the shaky-cam photography seemed to be at its worse. Still, it is pretty damn good.

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