I have been trying, desperately, to write over the last few weeks, but have gotten out to see two movies: Bourne Ultimatum and Rocket Science. I don’t have time to do full reviews of them, but since I enjoyed both a lot, I’ll do hundred-word versions.
Bourne Ultimatum: With so many action movies lately it seems like it would be hard to do, for example, a car chase that manages to be even marginally believable and hasn’t all been done before, but the film manages it it. It also manages, as with the earlier movies in the trilogy, to do fights that are reasonably realistic. Hollywood (cf Casino Royale) has finally figured out that people who have been trained to fight do things other than throw punches. The pace is exhilarating, and as long as you don’t expect too much in the way of character development, and don’t get too motion sick from the moving camera, this is a must-see.
Rocket Science: You won’t know if you’ll like this until you see the trailer, but, unfortunately, the trailer manages to capture some of the best moments in the film. I hate it when they do that! The rest of the movie is also excellent, and it holds everything together well, but if you are smart, you will take my advice and just go and see it. Chances are, you already know if you like this kind of indy, quirky, type of flick (Dollhouse, Life Aquatic, Little Miss Sunshine), and if you do, you should make your way out to see this.
In other words, after a somewhat lackluster year, these are both very nice summer films.