I decided in 2002 that Doug Liman had earned a free pass. Meaning that the direction in Bourne was so smart, controlled, and creative that I'd see, regardless, his next film. And here it is. First off, it's a fine film, with wit and charm, and plays off the two leads quite well. It's not all it could have been, and it opens and builds much stronger than the basic action ending can pay off. There is certainly a truly fun metaphorical film somewhere in the cracks. Perhaps the script spit it out, perhaps the studio did, perhaps Liman didn't go all the way. But what is there is a good time for the grown-ups...especially the married ones. Seth and I commented on this a while ago. Brad Pitt should play Captain America. He's got the looks, the physique, the grit, and the charisma. While being one of the most beautiful specimens on the planet (and he is), he can still play a guys guy, be normal, and act like a pro. It's hard to not like him. For all of his physical attributes, he has a large reservoir of charm to go with it. Angelina hasn't been in a movie I've wanted to see in some time. She's an odd bird; but as she's matured, I've become a lot more interested in her. She has such strong, feminine features that each of them taken on their own might be too much, but the sum is greater than the whole of her parts. Acting-wise, she's probably been better, but this part is as much about presence as dialogue. And Angelina has great presence. Technically, the film is well done, though not exceptional. The director expects the cast and the action to carry it, and they do. Early on, there is some real work towards this film being a metaphor for the differences between men and women. It does rather well at that. But it sadly takes a backseat halfway through. Toss in a subtle Fight Club reference or two, plus an overt one, and there you go. But I liked it. Like the Ocean's films, it coasts on the cast. The action is good, though not nearly as good as The Bourne Identity. Some VERY brief supporting turns by Keith David and Angela Bassett (both UNSEEN) along with (possibly) Don Cheadle's voice (I'd bet on it). Plus a little Vince Vaughn, reteaming with Liman. He's amusing, in his one-note role as "the buddy". I'd love to see the deleted material. 7.5/10, Chuck EDIT: Changed KD to Keith David.