Wednesday, September 05, 2007


I have just come back from watching the latest Jason Bourne blockbuster at Exeter's new multiplex cinema, the Vue. The film is very thrilling, and once you get used to the fact that most of the camera work seems to have been done by someone who hasn't had their morning fix, really enjoyable. I will never worry about taking a blurred photograph again, jerky camera work is clearly the in thing.
I have always admired Matt Damon's acting since I saw him as Tom Ripley in The Talented Mr Ripley and as John Grady Cole in All the Pretty Horses. He has to do minimal acting in this action movie but what he does he does well.

The general plot of the film is that the CIA is bad, bad, bad, and will eliminate anyone to cover its tracts, even Guardian newpaper journalists, and its own operatives.

The cinema screen in the Vue is enormous, the seats comfortable, banked sensibly so that the view of the screen is good for everyone, and the sound excellent.

This is a big surprise as the outside of the building and the internal facilities are more in keeping with a prison than a cinema.

It is a well known fact that Hermann Goering's Luftwaffe did less damage to the Exeter skyline than recent building developments, but there is only one stall and one urinal for men on the ground floor of this architectural disaster. I wonder if the cinema design had been handled by a class of media studies students who forgot the toilets, and they had to be squeezed in at the last moment.
So if you are going to the Vue in Exeter don't leave anything to the last moment.


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