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Bourne Ultimatum

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Introduction

The clip from The Bourne Ultimatum tells the story of Jason Bourne trying to help a journalist escape a group who want to kill him to prevent him from passing on his information to Bourne. The narrative follows on from two previous films and this sequence consists of three narrative threads; 1-Jason Bourne's attempts to discover his identity and expose the conspiracy, 2-the attempts of the American organisation trying to capture and possibly kill Ross, 3-the journey of the unnamed assassin ('asset') to kill Ross and Bourne. The three strands are intercut to make a coherent narrative and they come together at the end of the narrative in a crescendo, namely, the death of Ross. The early use of iconography such as red buses, black cabs, the London underground, an establishing shot and even a glimpse of the Evening Standard make it clear that the scene is set in London. These famous icons make it clear to the audience where it is set and draw on their personal experiences of this particular place, thus possibly making it feel more 'real' to them. ...read more.

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The use of fast editing, cross cutting, compression editing combined with tense, fast music makes the sequence move fast and so it becomes more exciting to watch. This sequence does in many ways follows the conventional idea of this genre of film, however it could be argued that there are some elements of this film that fit into the sci-fi genre as well as the action genre. For example, it doesn't go straight into the action and instead leads us away from it using the scene with the henchman on the phone. Also, this man and his colleagues are arguably robots which are always on the end of a mobile phone ready to take orders from the men in charge. Also, it is unconventional as the hero spends the entire sequence trying to avoid confrontation rather than take on his enemies head on, thus contradicting the normal actions of a hero such as James Bond. ...read more.

Conclusion

We, as the audience, are omniscient as we are in a position of voyeurism, so we are able to see all the characters whereabouts at all times, so this adds to the dramatic irony of the sequence as we are constantly aware of the journalist's whereabouts while his enemies try frantically to find him. Also, as the journalist waits behind a door to escape, we are aware that a sniper has his gun pointed at the door waiting for him to come out, Bourne is also aware that something is not right and the journalist gets shot as he exits against Bourne's advice. Overall, this sequence uses fast and effective editing to create a fast paced scene which is helped by the dramatic music. It does not fit perfectly into the generic idea of an action film as it has some elements of other genres, however Bourne's character, despite having some differing qualities to a generic hero, convinces us of the films 'action film' status. ?? ?? ?? ?? The Bourne Ultimatum ...read more.

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A top class essay, although there is no set question given, the student thoroughly describes the Bourne Ultimatum film sequences and provides an accurate and detailed description into the media effects and techniques used throughout, as well as giving personal ...

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A top class essay, although there is no set question given, the student thoroughly describes the Bourne Ultimatum film sequences and provides an accurate and detailed description into the media effects and techniques used throughout, as well as giving personal insight into their own opinions and interpretations of the film. The writer follows a good structure, with a clear introduction to set the scene for the reader, in this they include background information on the film (e.g. tells the story of Jason Bourne trying to help a journalist escape a group who want to kill him to prevent him from passing on his information to Bourne), introduces what will be discussed in the essay (the three narrative threads), and hint at the conclusions that will be reached (e.g. The three strands are intercut to make a coherent narrative and they come together at the end of the narrative in a crescendo) – what is also nice is the inclusion of media terminology in the introduction – e.g. coherent narrative, crescendo – as it immediately sets the tone for the essay and shows off the student’s knowledge of the subject. Furthermore, they finish with a fantastic conclusion which succinctly summarises the points they have discussed and reaches a firm end point, making their own judgement on the effects the narratives use to make the Bourne Ultimatum film.

Level of analysis

The level of analysis is extremely high throughout with the reader making a number of extremely valid points about the narratives, but also going on to fully explain and analyse these – a particularly good example is: “This method is often used in this genre of films in order to make the viewer feel like they are there, which is only a new technique as not too long ago if the camera work was shaky this was seen as a fault” as it not only shows what effect particular methods have on the audience, but also incorporates the student’s further knowledge about the media industry, both past and present. This, further knowledge, is again demonstrated when the writer draws comparisons with other films to make their points, e.g. “thus contradicting the normal actions of a hero such as James Bond”, it is an important skill to learn, which this student has mastered well, to include relevant examples and other information without taking the essay off on a tangent.

Quality of writing

There is consistently correct use of grammar and spelling throughout, as well as an efficient structure to follow, as discussed. The media terminology included is abundant and accurate allowing the student to achieve high marks; particular terms that stand out from this essay and might be useful to remember for discussion in other essays would be: iconography, point of view shots, compression editing, cross-cutting, genre, heroes/Propp, and voyeurism.


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