Breach vs. Bourne Identity
I saw Breach last week, despite some people's comments about the ending being ruined because of the first five minutes, and other people's comments about expecting Matt Damon to show up. I rather enjoyed it, although I can't discount the basic veracity of the two criticisms and thus can only recommend it on $4 night.
Knowing the ending isn't just a factor of the first five minutes. If you pay attention to the news at all, you've already heard about Robert Hanssen. The general subject matter (Spies! Treason!) and casting (Ryan Phillippppppe! Chris Cooper!) does allow the mind to wander to the Bourne trilogy, especially since the main character's love interest in each film is German.
I found some of the bit players unintentionally hi-larious as well. Gary Cole is one of Ryan Phillippppe's FBI bosses; I kept waiting for an Office Space-esque "Ahh, I'm also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too..." Dennis Haysbert is an FBI agent, too, but when he first pops up, you think
(a) Hey! It's the president of the United States!
(b) Hey! It's the Allstate insurance guy!
(c) Hey! It's Cerrano! Are you here to sacrifice a live chicken?
And I didn't confuse Ryan Phillipppe
with Matt Damon
so much as I kept thinking about Chad Michael Murray.
I have no good explanation for that.
On the other hand, The Bourne Identity is totally awesome, The Bourne Supremacy is even better, and I can't wait to see The Bourne Ultimatum. I've read all the books but — similar to what happened to me when I saw Little Children — it's been ages ago so I can't quite remember what happened and how they'll adapt it for the screen.
So, verdict? Bourne Identity.
Next up? Illusionist vs. Prestige.