There’s certainly no shortage of fights, explosions, and car chases to witness onscreen these days, but much of the action is, frankly, dull—the result of a tired series or a simple lack of creativity.
Just over a decade ago, however, the Bourne Identity set the action bar high. And since today is the tenth anniversary of the franchise’s second film, The Bourne Supremacy, we’re taking a look back at how the series got action right, how it has weathered the last 10 years, and what action films circa 2014 can learn from the trilogy.
Doug Liman, executive producer, and Dan Bradley, stunt coordinator and second unit director, both agree: The action in The Bourne Supremacy—and the trilogy as a whole—stands up because it’s character-driven. It’s in the vein of The French Connection’s signature car chase, featuring Gene Hackman’s Doyle pounding his fists as he attempts to catch up to a train he’s pursuing.
[Note: Liman directed and produced The Bourne Identity, and executive produced The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Bradley served as stunt coordinator and second unit director for The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and The Bourne Legacy. For the purposes of this story, we are focusing on the three original Bourne films.]
“There’s so many action movies where the dialogue and the character scenes are just an excuse to get you to the next action scene,” Liman says. “The action scenes are the reason the film exists.” Liman recognizes this problem in many of this summer’s releases, believing that these films would be “unwatchable” if you took the action out of them. READ FULL STORY