Paul Greengrass writes that his Bourne Ultimatum is about “truth and essence” and not “surface.”
There’s a huge argument raging in forums about the style he adopts to achieve this. David Bordwell calls this an extreme hand held style. He has an excellent article on this in his weblog which I’d urge you to read.
Bloody Sunday was an excellent film. I saw it at the New York Film Festival and and was blown away by what he accomplished. I think Greengrass does have a point and looking back at his work I think he makes a strong case.
The trouble is everyone is copying this style without even thinking once whether it really belongs in their movie. Even the respected director Mani Ratnam uses it in Guru- his Bollywood fantasy tale of the rags to riches story of the Indian entrepreneur turned uber-industrialist Dhiru-bhai Ambani.
it makes me wonder.