Monday, October 12, 2015

Cinema Cycle - The Bourne Ultimatum


CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)

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DATE VIEWED: 10/12/2015


FORMAT: HD-DVD

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 46 minutes

DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 26.8 miles

TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 3064.2 miles

SYNOPSIS: Jason Bourne seeks revenge on the evil doers that killed the girlfriend that he befriended in the original film (Film 2 of 3).  Surprise!, it is the evil U.S. Government!

CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER:   Milking a good thing to make more money, and milking it very well.

PROS AND CONS: I knew going into this that it would be entertaining.  The first installment (The Bourne Identity) [reviewed several weeks ago], was a good, well thought out thrill ride.  This film is the same, with an eye on a franchise money maker.  

The back story is a blurry here.  How and why Bourne's ‘girlfriend’ is killed prior to the film (hence setting up the plot) is explained, but only in passing.  The motivation for the carnage in the film is stretched a bit thin.  

That said, this is a great example of how modern film making can make up for lack of plot or story-line.  The film moves along quickly and you have to pay attention….for 2 hours.  If you didn’t catch it all, there is the third installment (The Bourne Supremacy) coming up in the near future.  (and a 4th installment from Hollywood reportedly in the works).


To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.