- The film’s narrative is slim- it is essentially bourne protecting 3 people- Paddy Considine, Julia Stiles, and (with a twist)- Joan allen- it’s a great example of style over substance- such a great exercise and no other films have the feel and style of a greengrass film
- Notable for its handheld camerawork and purposefully shaky style
- European police sirens- when I hear them now I almost just think of bourne movies
- Action sequences are made for greengrass’s form- I’m not sure it would work in other genres
- Dazzling final shot and even that is interrupted with yet another greengass montage of the presuming fallout
- Mid-shot zooms purposefully unfocused
- Superb cast from Strathairn to Finney to Scott Glenn
- Won, and justifiably so, the Oscar for best editing
- Washed out flashbacks in film form
- Certainly reminds me of the conversation and is a meditation on surveillance
- The waterloo train station set piece is a jaw-dropper and makes for one of the best single sequences of 2007
- I’m sure the ASL (average shot length) is really low
- Consistent shallow focus dialogue sequence where the background dominant talking party is shot crisply but the foreground receiver of the dialogue is in shallow focus
- Top 5 of the year quality film
Thanks for recommending me the Bourne movies Drake. I just saw Bourne Ultamatum. A film so fast edited and complex that it actually hurt my brain watching it.(I mean this as a compliment). It’s the best film of the original Bourne Trilogy.
Along with Hot Fuzz, would this be on your shortlist for the best edited films of the 00s??? Is editing a very important aspect of cinema for you?
@Azman- you very welcome. Happy to hear it. Hmm- I know we did this before. Requiem For a Dream from Aronofsky comes to mind. Syndromes and a Century has a formal editing element that will blow your hair back. In the Mood For Love is one of the 5 best edited films of the decade. And yes- it is an extremely important element
Did we? Sorry to bother you by asking again. I’ll bookmark this page on my laptop so I can remember the well edited films.
I have 1 question though. Do you know how people edited films long time ago in movies. Even with the technology we have today, some old movies still have great looking editing that can be compared to today’s.
@Azman- maybe we didn’t. I just thought we did- no worries either way. Yes, good point about older films. And of course editing can pertain to both the structure/skeleton of a film and the shot to shot transitions.
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