There once was a hero who worked for the government. He served his superiors with excellence and did what they asked him to do. But then his conscience got in the way—something they hadn't expected. He ended up on the run, his former boss heavily armed and in hot pursuit. His name was David, and his boss was King Saul. That was, of course, a long time ago, but the story is one that still thrills audiences.
Robert Ludlum may have thought about David's desperate plight when he penned the novels about Jason Bourne. Or, perhaps the connection never occurred to him. It's the same thrilling premise, nevertheless, and audiences are caught in its grip again.
The first book in the series, The Bourne Identity, published in 1980, was recently re-written as a screenplay and re-contextualized as a present-day adventure in 2002. With Matt Damon in the lead, the film became one of the most intelligent and entertaining spy films of the last decade. While it wasn't exactly a blockbuster, the film's crowd of admirers has grown since its DVD release, and the Hollywood powers that be smelled a potential profit, so now we have a sequel. The first film's director Doug Liman has moved aside; The Bourne Supremacy is directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday) with a slick, fast-paced style that is dizzying audiences and, in some cases, distressing critics.
But most religious press critics are praising the film as one of the summer's most satisfying entertainments. While they'd never claim that the story has the spiritual depth of the stories about David running from Saul, they assure us that Jason Bourne is a hero who's about more than mere survival. Like Spider-Man's Peter Parker, his conscience and sense of ...1
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