"I received my Bourne Supremacy/Bourne Identity value pack a few days ago. Went ahead and watched identity, wonderful movie. Then I went to open the supremacy and was shocked to find it was FULL SCREEN. The product details of the value pack says WIDE SCREEN. The Bourne Identity is wide screen which is what I wanted. I know there are a lot of people out there including me who won't watch anything but widescreen. The fact that they have the two mixed boggles my mind. Some like FULL some like WIDE, this mix isn't good for anyone. I just contacted Amazon and am waiting on their reply. I know Amazon normally has great customer service so I'm expecting they'll pay for me to ship the full screen version back and send me the wide screen version of supremacy. I'll change this post and my rating as soon as I find out what they plan on doing. So beware to anyone purchasing this item.
Amazon sent me new copies of the movie I just received today! They also paid for me to ship back the wrong copy. They took care of this problem immediately and didn't give me any trouble. Truly excellent customer service."
Rivetting and original yet again
Robert J. Crawford | Balmette Talloires, France | 08/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the best sequels I have ever seen: not only does it avoid degenerating into a formula - with one of the principal characters killed off at the beginning - but it adds to the characters of all the players. Bourne is still evolving in Damon's hands, becoming a new person from the confused automaton that he was in the first film, someone you can believe in and allow to enter your imagination. Of course, there are great action scenes, filmed in a you-are-there jiggle, that reach new heights of realism. (Interestingly, the director refused to use any computer animation, as he knew the audience would recognise it as such.)
But it is Damon who truly impresses: he adds creative twists to his characters like only a truly great actor can, carrying an entire environment with him, a consciousness that the viewer can envision and empathise with. I would say he is this generation's Gene Hackman, a star who rises not on simple sex appeal but on outstanding acting talent. I will watch any film he is in.
Warmly recommended. Let's hope they stop here, while the quality is maintained."
Jason Bourne Rocks
Randon R. Lund | Minneapolis, Minnesota | 08/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am very much a fan of this genre' of story (film, book whatever). I think that the "spy thriller" is the most entertaining amusement. I grew up in the early cold war era and much of this was in the news from time to time. The Bourne series has been a DELIGHT , I really like the casting,the direction and the acting. Sometimes it is a little predictable but not so much as to distract. If you like this stuff be careful the rest of the genre' will seem pedestrian for a while after this."
Who am I??
M. R. Estante | North America | 04/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Matt Damon is marvelous at rogue agent Jason Bourne: fluent in several language, martial arts expert, holder of multiple passports, a Swiss bank account, and high intelligence. Both movies were great except that Marie was murdered in the sequel. Ludlum's Bourne really does come alive in Damon. From Asia, to Berlin, Moscow, Paris, New York, this is way better than James Bond!"
The Power of Observation keeps Bourne ahead of his predators
Lee Say Keng | Singapore | 07/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a strategy consultant, & whenever I go to the movies (or watch movies at home), I often take the opportunity to seek out possibilities of using them to teach life (survival) skills to participants in my seminars & workshops.
The two Bourne movies, namely The Bourne Identity & The Bourne Supremacy, are two great examples.
Both movies are loosely based on Robert Ludlum's work, which included The Rheinmann Exchange, The Osterman Weekend & the Holcroft Covenant. They have also been made into great movies.
In the first move, with the opening scene: An unconscious young man is pulled out off the Mediterranean coast by a fishing boat one stormy night. Thinking that the young man is dead, a curious fisherman with a scalpel finds two bullets in his back & a microchip in his hip. The chip reveals a Swiss bank account. But our wet hero isn't dead but realises that he has amnesia. He then rushes to Zurich. In the bank vault, he discovers his name, Jason Bourne (played by Mark Damon). In addition, he finds a baffling pile of different passports, all with his picture, and a large chunk of cash. In the US Embassy, he bumps into Marie (played by Franka Potente), along with the fact that someone wants to kill him. Armed with a bag of money and superb martial arts skills, & with Marie by his side, he scours Paris for clues about his identity and past life...& finds himself in the middle of two assassination plots (one assassin was played by Clive Owen, as 'The Profesosr') masterminded by rouge elements of the CIA.
In the second movie, with the opening scene, continuing from the first movie: Jason Bourne is recovering in Goa, India with Marie. He spots a mysterious dark-glassed man with the wrong clothes while jogging. He escapes with Marie but she is shot in the ensuing chase. The next scene shows CIA operatives under deputy director Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) conducting a sting operation to fish out a mole in CIA but something goes wrong. Her subsequent investigation leads to the highly-classified Treadstone project, which apparently involves Jason Bourne. She even finds evidence that Bourne is behind what happened to her botched operation. So Bourne sets out to clear his name. The remaining part of the movie shows Bourne outsmarting CIA operatives - & the assassin (played menacingly by Karl Urban as Kirill) - & tracking down the rogue elements in the CIA with shady connections to the Russian mob, who have jointly framed him in the first place.
In the two movies, Jason Bourne demonstrates his uncanny ability to observe & pay attention to what's around him - note: notice the exceptions in the details of the environment - which allows him to constantly stay ahead of his predators & at the same time, stay agile (mentally & physically) to anticipate dangers & get out of precarious situations.
For example...remember the scene in the second movie...after he had jogged at the beach, he observed a dark-glassed man whose clothing & behaviour somehow did not match the environment...
His ability to stay calm, size up dangerous situations & come up with super-quick, innovative solutions to escape from capture is well demonstrated in both movies.
For example...remember the scene in the first movie, where he jumped down several storeys with a dead body as cushion while blasting his gun at his assassins running up the staircase...the scene in the second movie, where he improvised a weapon out of rolled newspapers & an explosive escape using a magazine stuffed into a burning toaster in a quickly engineered gas-filled room...Wow! that was great!
Naturally, I am also fascinated by the many unique fighting sequences (particularly the one within a tight environment in the second movie), car chases, cat & mouse games, etc. in both movies.
Additionally, what I like about both movies is the total absence of super-duper gadgets commonly found in such spy-thriller movies. Jason Bourne used only his sheer human ingenuity & creativity to outsmart his enemies.
To end my review, I must add that I have enjoyed watching both movies, experientially as well as educationally."