I was thinking of starting a thread on this topic (comparing the books to the films), but I probably wouldn’t have bothered. (Not quite comfortable starting threads yet; I’m not the leader type.) So thanks for doing it for me, PussyCow.
First off, I’ve never read any of the books. I liked the Supremacy film, but definitely not as much as Identity. (Haven’t some of the reviews claimed it to be better than the first?) While the shaky-camera style can be effective in making it seem like you’re right there in the action, it can get annoying. My father didn’t like the fact that the hand-to-hand combat scenes were filmed so close. We both prefer to see what’s actually going on. Those would be the only stylistic complaints I had about the film.
As for the story, MikeG’s first spoiler point was the one that bothered me, and made me question how different the films were from the books. I had been under the impression that aside from changes in technology, the films were relatively honest to the books. So far, this thread has proven that impression to be faulty. MikeG’s second point didn’t bother me storywise, but was a disappointment personally. His first point, however, had me doubting we would see more Bourne films.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Identity, but I remember enjoying it a lot. I believe I saw it twice in the theatre. I’ll likely see Supremacy a second time in the theatre, since my usual movie buddy hasn’t seen it yet. I also wasn’t quite all there for my first viewing. (I had physically drained myself earlier that day doing yardwork. My muscles haven’t had much exercise for a while. And my head was/still is suffering from allergies.)