The Bourne Supremacy (2004) Film Review

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Guns, explosions, running, jumping. Just like The Bourne Identity, this film is a good, strong action classic. Unfortunately, some parts are terribly predictable (we couldn’t keep the love interest alive – who would he be avenging?)but others are delightfully not.

Jason Bourne(Matt Damon) still doesn’t know who he is. There are bits of memory that are coming back to him, but not enough to let him rest easily. Then Marie(Franka Potente) is killed and he needs to step it up. However, upon returning to the places where he may learn about his past (Paris, Berlin, Milan), he is discovered and pursued by the FBI. Who is covering up what? There is layer and layer to the film, which makes it a fair bit more satisfying that your general shoot-‘em’up action flick.

The Bourne Identity (2002) Film Review

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An unconscious man, Jason Bourne(Matt Damon) is fished out of the ocean with two bullets in his back. When he wakes, he has amnesia. Back on land, he discovers that he has a wide range of skills, from speaking various languages to fighting and being super aware of his surroundings. But as he discovers things about himself, assassins are pursuing him. He goes on a road trip with Marie (Franka Potente), a girl who he met at the embassy. Of course, they hook up and together they need to figure out how to survive.

It’s intriguing, it’s exciting, there is lots of running and fighting and shooting and even a couple of explosions. I loved it. Most of the film worked for me, but there were a couple of things that didn’t really work for me. The romance didn’t work – I didn’t feel there was any sexual tension built up, so when they get it on, I didn’t really believe it. In fact, it was the relationships between Bourne and Marie that I didn’t buy – she agreed to take him very quickly, and whilst there was a very limited window for this to happen, I just didn’t buy it. Still, I put my doubts aside and just enjoyed the film; it’s my second favourite in the category of person-with-amnesia-realising-they-are-actually-an-assassin. I can’t imagine anything will overtake my love of The Long Kiss Goodnight with Geena Davis in the main role.

The Bourne films are based on books by Robert Ludlum. I’m definitely up for watching the rest of the films – and perhaps even reading the books.

Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt) (1998) Film Review

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Lola (Franka Potente) is a girl with shocking red hair who lives in Berlin with her boyfriend, Manni (Moritz Bleibtreu). Having worked doing minor jobs for a criminal group, they have taken on a larger job of delivering 100, 000 Deutschmarks. But, Lola’s scooter is stolen, and Manni has to take the train, and he stupidly leaves the bag of cash on the train. Manni plans to rob a supermarket to get the money, but he gives Lola twenty minutes to find the money before he does. Lola runs across the city to find a way to get the cash.

The film is told in three parts; each a different scenario of what Lola does. It is extremely fast moving with a strong soundtrack and editing that swings from stills to various film stock to animation. I love this film and could watch it over and over. I love the energy and the style. Plus, it has given me two catchphrases that I still use in everyday life. “Die tasche!” (the bag) and “Schnell, man!” (Fast, man).