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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Robert Ludlum's "Bourne Supremacy"

I finished Robert Ludlum's "The Bourne Supremacy" a few weeks ago and watched the movie. As with the first one, the movie was nothing like the book. I don't know why they even call it "The Bourne Supremacy". The only thing they have in common is the character Jason Bourne (who is actually David Webb) and his background of being a government agent during the Medusa project in Vietnam and later was injured and became an amnesiac, slowly regaining his memories.

In China, scrawled in blood, is a name the world wanted to forget: Jason Bourne. The Chinese vice-premier has been killed by a legendary assassin. Why has Jason Bourne come back? Why in China? Is he back in business? But US officials know the truth: there is no Jason Bourne. The name was created as cover for David Webb on his search for the notorious killer Carlos. David Webb and his wife, Maria, have been in hiding under protection of the US government. David has been a professor at a small university in the US and has been under psychiatric treatment from his friend, Morris "Mo" Panov (see "The Bourne Identity") trying to regain his memory and a normal life. Someone else has taken the Bourne identity and become a dangerous assassin in China threatening world peace. David Webb must become Jason Bourne again to catch the new villain. The end result is David is successful and he and Maria go back to their normal life in America.

The movie has David Webb living incognito with his grimy girlfriend, Maria, in India. I can't get passed how dirty and grimy she looks. Anyway, an assassin comes gunning for them and Maria is killed. David Webb begins looking for her killer, the assassin, who has taken on the Jason Bourne identity.

The movie never goes to China, never introduces the Chinese leader who is threatening world peace. The plot, the characters, the motivation, NOTHING resembles the book.

The movie is OK but the book is better. I've now begun reading "The Bourne Ultimatum".

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