Top critical review
Good Plot, Camera Work Spoils Film
December 8, 2004
I looked forward for months to this much anticipated sequel of the Borne Identity coming to theaters this summer. As the movie began it all began to unravel during the 1st chase scene when our hero, Jason Borne, is found and running again for his life. The handheld camera, which is supposed to give you the feel of being there, actually detracts greatly from the scenes.
On the large scene of a movie theater, the motion and quick editing is to fast for the eye to follow well. You can't focus long enough to tell what is going on. The closer you sit to the scene, I would think it even more annoying. The worst 2 scenes filmed in this manner are the main fight scene between Borne and another trained killer agent and the final climatic chase scene in Moscow. The extra long chase in Moscow is especially difficult to watch as the quick editing and camera work make it tiring and you long for the scene to end soon.
Now that the movie is out on DVD, I rented a widescreen version to watch at home. On the smaller sized screen the scenes are less noticable and not quite as tiring to watch.
I have read other reviews of people who think this type of motion for action scenes is great, but for the vast majority of movie goers it is very tiresome. I have always loved roller coasters and thought the newer ones with loops and rolls looked like great fun after observing them from the ground. But after being in one, I began to get vertigo and nausaus and decided it was more fun to watch them than be in one. That is true for this movie and its action sequences as well. It would be better to be an observer standing to the side than a participant.
A few things missing in the movie. Was it necessary to kill off Maria? If Berlin police have a manhunt for him, why wouldn't they alert train stations and other public transportation to be on the lookout for him? How could he take a train to Moscow from Germany without being stopped or caught along the route? If all of Moscow is looking for Jason Bourne, why did they quit looking? Is it to be implied that they quit looking for him when they arrested the Russian oil mogul? After the dramatic car chase and crash in a tunnel by Borne, he abandons his vehicle and leaves on foot. No one seems to be after him from this point of the movie. Doesn't ring true.
I would give this movie an "A-" for acting, "B" for plot and story development, "A-" for pacing, "B+" for action, and a "C" for camera work. Overall a "C+" movie. It could have been a better film. The 1st movie with Matt Damon is still the better of the two films. Hopefully, the producers will take note of movie goers critisizms of this film and do better on the next one. Because Jason Bourne is a great character to bring to life on the big screen.