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Spy Game - a precursor to the Bourne films?

by Lydia C. Lee (follow)
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On a whim I got out Spy Game, which I'd not seen since it was at the cinema in 2001. It has not dated at all, and is a great thriller. What I found interesting though, was that the camera work, and obviously storyline, reminded me a lot of the Bourne films. On research, we discovered that it was actually made before the first Bourne film, though I recall them being released around the same time.
Do you see the similarities?

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I actually had to look both these things up because I have never heard of either before. I can see connections in themes/genre between the to, but since I haven't seen them I can't say much more than that.
I saw the similarities as soon as I watched Bourne (I'd seen Spy Game already). I think Spy Game is a really underrated film, one of Tony Scott's best, and a real shame it didn't do better. Not only is it a good story, it's also got quite a lot to say about politics and ethics. One of my faves.
It is a really good film - I was surprised it hasn't aged at all, could have been made yesterday.
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