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Here Are the Different Fight Scene Styles Used in the Bourne Movies

I’m still not entirely sure we needed another Matt Damon Bourne movie after not having one for nearly a decade, but we’re getting one this weekend. It’s probably not going to be as good as the original trilogy. That’s why it’s nice to look back on the three Bourne flicks that were actually good. Specifically, their fight scenes.


Here’s an analysis of the three different styles of fight scenes used in the three movies. Kevin B. Lee shows how the fight scenes evolved, from The Bourne Identity’s efficient cutting and wide-angled clarity to The Bourne Supremacy’s rabid editing and shaky camera effect that emphasized chaos.

I personally prefer the cleaner fight scenes of The Bourne Identity, but it’s really interesting to see how each movie’s fight scenes led to a new and different style each time.


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How about reducing the number of cuts to create action by choreographing complete fights and showing the action in a fewer shots? You know, like every acclaimed Hong Kong movie ever?