Thursday, October 04, 2007

Born Bourne

If this was for Hindi, this below is my choice for movie of the year, English.


Relentless. Brutal.

I think those two words come top-of-mind, besides the usual stuff like thrilling, gripping, etc. These guys (Doug Liman for "Identity" and the absolutely top-notch Paul Greengrass for "Supremacy" and now "Ultimatum") have set the standard so far above that all the so-called "new, new" James Bonds and all the other crap that passes under the genre of "Thriller" is just light years behind.

Last night I watched the first two parts and today I saw the third. All three movies are cutting edge. Its just madness. The stunts, the car chases, the hand-to-hand fights, the sheer pace of the movie. And then the man himself. Or actually human weapon? Matt Damon is so comfortable in his skin doing Jason Bourne. His physique, his blank stare and his personna just brings the character alive.

For a man who can kill with such ease, its tough to call him vulnerable. He's not. He's the "man-against-the-world" in the new - how the Americans call it - post 9/11 world. Where Operation Blackbriar has taken over from Operation Treadstone.

In particular, I think the ending in "Ultimatum" was the best in the series so far. That one minute exchange between Bourne and his assassin, when Bourne says "Look at what they make you give" was the killer line of the movie (and also a nice punch at the believers of the "Whatever it takes" theory or should I just say right-wingers?).

And the music. This is the one thriller franchise that has thrilled me with the way they use music to take the overall cinematic experience to another level. I'd half-expected Paul Greengrass to dump a background score, but wow. Percussion (bhangra beats) and electronica (Oakenfold's "Ready-steady-go" in..I think "Supremacy") remain an integral part of the score throughout the series.

And I am just so glad they retained Moby's "Extreme Ways" in all three parts as the song played in the end titles. (For e.g. watch it in the "Supremacy" here). Just goes to show how you don't necessarily need a big band or a big singer to sing a title track in a big brand movie franchise, like - yes - how Bond does.

See the movie. Visit the website too. Do both really.

And if you've not had enough, watch their DVDs and look out for the goodies (for e.g. the making of the Moscow car chase in "Supremacy". Their stunt co-ordinators and producers go "Well, the chase in "Identity" was great and we knew we had to go a level up"...how do these guys do it.)

Definitely my picture of the year and I can say without doubt that I'm looking forward to the next Bourne instalment.

14 comments:

Aditya Kulkarni said...

I just saw this yesterday. It was quite awesome. I liked the ending. It kinda gives you the closure that were missing from the first 2 movies.

I don't know about the 3rd part. Is there going to be a third part?

Shantanu said...

The Bourne Identity also was a great book. The film is a great tribute to the book. I agree, Matt Damon is perfect for the role. But as far as 007 is concerned, I think the last Bond movie was awesome too! :-)

Bombay Addict said...

Aditya - Thanks for that comment. It reminded me of the ending - which was just superb - and I've updated the post! Ultimatum was the 3rd part, Supremacy the 2nd and Identity the 1st. All of the movies were great. Very smart, very contemporary, very break-away story-telling.

Shantanu - I never got around to reading the books, but I heard that they've dropped Carlos in part 1..purists would protest! I'd differ with you on the last 007 (I've taken enough pot shots in my post!) but I'm in a majority! Thanks for the comment.

Pri said...

i cant believe how phenomenally it's shot. plus it's not just one cool sequence after the other, it actually has a story and it's smart and it makes u feel smart sometimes and incredibly stupid at other times. loved it.

Bombay Addict said...

Pri - Super point, completely agree. The camera work and the editing were just top-notch - another reason the movie was just superb. Thanks for the comment!

Anil P said...

The Bourne Supremacy was quite a stunner for its pace, but give me a Poirot any time :)

Bombay Addict said...

Anil P - I think I must read one! Thanks for the comment. Always good to have you here!

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Kits said...

I loved it. I watched the first 2 of course and this one was a kick ass ending. I am unsure if they shd continue having another one. Ludlum ended with this and I think it wd be a fitting end to this franchise. But kickass music and kickass movie for sure :)

Bombay Addict said...

Kits - I think kick-ass describes the movies well! Although this was Ludlum's last, I think another guy has come up to keep the series alive, so lets see. Thanks for the comment!

Melody said...

You're right, it was plain superb. I love all the three parts. Fabulous!

Bombay Addict said...

Hey Mel - thanks for the comment! Yup, there were all totally fab movies!

vijayendra said...

I like the first movie the best. Am still to watch the second part.

Bombay Addict said...

Vijayendra - You should see the second. Awesome stuff. Thanks for your comment!