One of the most intriguing trends in recent years has been the serious attention paid to popular films in studies such as this insightful analysis from Auteur Publishing. In a concise (but always penetrating) volume, Neil Archer examines the popular and critical success of the film adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s novel The Bourne Ultimatum (an adaptation which was frequently remarked upon as being notably superior to the original source).

Archer examines the philosophy of the blockbuster as well as such much-remarked-upon issues as the film’s revivifying influence on the faltering James Bond franchise. Archer is also insightful about the film’s examination of personal responsibility, and the arguments thrown up by the war on terror. It’s hard to argue with the notion that we are now living in a golden age of film scholarship.

Studying The Bourne Ultimatum by Neil Archer is publshed by Auteur Publishing

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