The Bourne Identity

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Zea1 Taylor Zea Kristen Fuhs Thurs. 11:00 USC ID: 3982229873 Bourne to Thrill Excitement, shock, and unexpected twists keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Thrillers remain a major draw for moviegoers, and director Doug Liman stands at the top of the game in regards to suspense. The director controls the audience’s experiences by showing different character’s subjective points of view in order to better highlight crucial events in the story. The literary makeup of The Bourne Identity (2002) weighs heavily on suspense, elements of surprise, and the manipulation of the viewer’s knowledge through shifts in point of view and flashbacks. Liman’s transition into a dramatic scene exercises intense entrances and diversions to draw in the viewers’ attention and build suspense for the subsequent scene. The fundamental scene of the interaction in the apartment between Jason Bourne and the Treadstone operations chief, Alexander Conklin, is set up through carefully planned diversions. By opening the scene with the view of a silent and dark street, the audience is caught off guard by the simultaneous car alarms. Similar to the surrounding undercover agents, the viewer curiously searches for the cause before eventually catching a glimpse of Bourne sneaking up a pipe on the building. The fact that the agents do not see Bourne’s encroachment, and knowing information the police do not adds tension to the viewer’s mind. Will Bourne be caught? What is he planning? The presence of such questions in moviegoers’ minds is an excellent way to identify suspense. When a viewer has questions, then they are a part of the film and want to know what will happen next. Liman has drawn in the audience and set them up for the important encounter and conversation between Bourne and Conklin.
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Zea2 Another surprise element employed by Liman in The Bourne Identity in addition to diversion is entrances. An assassin against Bourne does not simply walk through the front door, but appears abruptly, jolting the viewer and thrusting the scene into a suspenseful experience. In one particular scene, Bourne and Marie are scoping out the apartment owned by Bourne’s alias, John Michael Kane. While Marie pampers herself in the bathroom with no concerns, Bourne saunters through the apartment suspiciously. With each turn of the corner, the audience’s emotions jump in expectation for someone or something treacherous. By withholding such an appearance, Liman keeps the audience hanging. After all goes silent, Bourne and Marie both turn to the window, and suddenly an assassin comes crashing through the window shattering glass all over the floor. How is that for an entrance? All the previous seconds of silence escalate and accumulate within the audience and are released instantly during the acclaimed entrance. This feeling of shock and heart-thumping adrenaline stays with the viewer even after the initial surprise has passed. The power of Liman’s suspense-building and surprise tactics are evident by
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This essay was uploaded on 02/25/2008 for the course CTCS 190 taught by Professor Casper during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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