Cut to three years later and David is running for Senate again when he finally runs into Elise, once more riding the same bus every day to work for those three years. Thinking that the two running into each other is far greater than mere chance--and despite what the Bureau may have to say about it--David takes this opportunity to try to win back Elise, making up a story about being mugged and losing her number. Coming out of anyone else’s mouth there’s no way you’d buy that story but like I said, with Damon in charge and with Blunt by his side, suspension of disbelief is far easier to buy than usual. To say anymore about the plot would be ludicrous and ruin the fun.
Speaking of which, this film is just that: a lot of fun. If you thought Inception was a great head trip you're going to enjoy this film too. Here we get the same sense of awe and wonder but on a slightly smaller, yet far more realistic, level. This movie is guaranteed to send paranoia into a fever pitch. Here is a film that could easily be dismissed as an Inception sequel but it’s working on its own level. Decide for yourself about its religious themes, at least it never takes itself too seriously and gives us two actors with some true chemistry.
Director Nolfi has apparently picked up some great tricks of the trade after working alongside the likes of Richard Donner, Steven Soderbergh, and Paul Greengrass. The man can film a great action scene, even if it consists of Damon simply running through the streets. The cinematography from John Toll and the score by Thomas Newman are both top notch as well. Thinking about it now, the last time I loved so much about one movie happened to be Inception last year. It doesn’t seem like much of a coincidence anymore that this was bumped from last summer’s slate and moved to this spring instead — it has the thrills of a summer blockbuster, but also has the intelligence and soulfulness usually only afforded to a film released just in time for Oscar season. With both of these aspects melding beautifully, it looks like Universal Pictures has found the perfect spot for something like this; here’s the first great film of 2011.
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