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STILLBOURNE

19 September 2007

Yesterday I went to The Bourne Ultimatum in a nicely luxurious cinema in Arnhem. And it was pretty fun, despite the outrageously shaky camera and the overemphasis on action scenes. Ironically, just the day before I saw the first movie from the trilogy, The Bourne Identity, for the first time. I've never seen the second instalment, but fortunately that posed no problem when watching the third. It was pretty straightforward.

I can definitely see why the Bourne trilogy became so popular. It's a solid action-thriller with some interesting spins on the formula and some features of its own (like the hitmen that appear in every movie to thwart Bourne). Nevertheless it's not really my kind of thing because I don't really err, like action sequences as much as the next person. Whenever there's an action scene that lasts more than, say, three minutes, my attention just drifts away. I find it boring because usually it doesn't feed my interest in the story. Give me a suspenseful, well-written dialogue however, and I'm all ears. And eyes. So, then, a Bourne movie, which is an estimated 90% running across parking lots and jumping through windows and the odd violent car crash, doesn't really tickle my fancy -though I do appreciate the visual bravado of it all. In comparison, Casino Royale (a comparable movie) is more suited to my tastes; pacing regular bursts of action with incredibly captivating scenes at the poker table with good dialogue scattered throughout the movie.

Now comes the time where I really must discuss Matt Damon's unheroic nose. The feature in question is simply utterly unconvincing as the nose of a battle-hardened government hitman with a seditious streak. It's slightly tilting upwards, not very powerfully motivated and on the overall too soft and weak to perform in this capacity. Matt Damon is as such simply not a very good choice for the gunslinger archetype and I surmise it can only have been his popularity (if any) that got him the role. Still, I'm not the one to have misgivings over this. The Bourne Ultimatum is quite nice, if nauseating through the distressing camera work.

Roderick.