Heres a challenge: name one action blockbuster trilogy of the last ten years thats come close to matching the thrills and spills of the Bourne
movies. Because this reviewer, and many others, cant. Theres nothing that runs it even remotely close.
And its ironic too, given that the franchise kicked off with its weakest instalment. The Bourne Identity finds the title character (played by Matt Damon) without knowledge of who he is, yet with a whole host of deadly skills, and for two thirds of its running time is a strong and enjoyable action thriller. A muddled last act spoils it slightly, but fortunately, it brought in enough to convince the studio to pony up for a sequel.
What a sequel it is, too. The Bourne Supremacy is an electric, pulse-pounding second episode, as Bourne this time is forced to confront his identity issues again, after being framed for a murder he didnt commit. Its a compulsive game of cat and mouse with some superb moments, and it leaves you salivating for the concluding chapter.
That came in the shape of The Bourne Ultimatum, and this proves not only to be a terrific ending to the franchise, its also the best of the three films. The word relentless barely does it justice, but in terms of direction, staging and draw, it simply has had no big screen blockbuster equal in some years.
The end result is a trilogy that diligently tells a well-structured story, and injects it with fascinating characters, amazing set pieces and immense rewatch value. The Ultimate Bourne Collection simply demands to be seen and rewarded. And a fourth chapter wouldnt do any harm, either
Accomplished action/thriller trilogy based on Robert Ludlum's bestselling novels and starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, an amnesiac CIA assassin on the run from his former paymasters. In 'The Bourne Identity' (2002), Bourne is pulled out of the Mediterranean by fishermen, badly wounded and suffering from amnesia. Unable to recall either who he is or what has happened to him, his only clue to his identity is the number of a Swiss bank account which has been etched into a device implanted in his body. Following the lead to Zurich, he discovers money, passports and a gun waiting for him, but also earns the attention of the security services and has to leave in a hurry. He then persuades a young woman named Marie Kreutz (Franka Potente) to drive him to Paris, where he hopes to find out his true identity and discover the reason why the CIA are taking such an interest in him. In 'The Bourne Supremacy' (2004), Bourne (Damon) has left his violent past behind him and is living a normal life with girlfriend Marie (Potente) under an assumed name. But his plans for a peaceful life are crushed when he narrowly escapes an assassination attempt. Now hunted by an unknown enemy, Bourne must prove that he is not an easy target. In 'The Bourne Ultimatum' (2007), the tension is ratcheted up even further as Bourne (Damon) races to uncover the dark mysteries of his past while a government agent is hot on his trail following a shootout in Moscow.