I must say, I'm a fan of the Bourne series. The first one was a solid action movie from the under appreciated Doug Liman; the following two crafted by the phenomenal Paul Greengrass are nothing short of fantastic via the greatest authority on shaky cam. The new Bourne, directed by Tony Gilroy and acted to perfection by Jeremy Renner was my favorite one yet.
Some may watch this film and be disappointed. There is not as much action and the pacing is slower than the previous films. That, though, is generally characteristic of good cinema. The action sequences and frantic gun battles are absolutely enthralling because the film took ample time letting us get to know the the characters and didn't bombard us with unnecessary fight scenes and what have you. Therefore, when the action does take place you become transported into the scene and are riveted.
I haven't read the Robert Ludlum novels but numerous sources have told me that these films are the very rare instances when the movies are equal to, if not better than the books. I don't believe such contrasts should be drawn, but alas, they will always be inevitable. They are two different mediums and art forms - books and movies - their merit should be judged within their own form. Anyway, you will get probably the best action movie of the year, fantastic, cryptic dialogue, disturbingly real fight scenes, cool new science initiatives in super soldier pharmacology, and no nicely wrapped up ending - there has to be a sequel coming!
Recommended Viewing: The Bourne Trilogy - Go - United 93
Bob Scale: Objective: 8.5 - Subjective: 9.0
Rotten Tomatoes: 53