The Bourne movies are renowned for their hand-held ‘shaky cam’ style of shooting, that makes you feel as if you’re right there, in a blender, whizzing around violently at a hundred miles an hour while Matt Damon pummels the shit out of the bad guys.
This has been a long-running theme in the series – way back in the day, old mate David Stratton said he wished he’d brought headache and seasickness tablets to his screening of Ultimatum, and worried that the films might actually make people physically ill.
Well, it turns out he may have been on to something – apparently, the quick cuts, frenetic camerawork and fast-paced action of the newly-released Jason Bourne have actually been making people hurl when the movie is shown in 3D.
In China, where 3D is so popular that about 80% of movie screens are equipped with the technology, there is a mini-revolt happening among cinema-goers, who are angrily demanding their money back, claiming that Bourne made them dizzy and nauseous.
Many of those who wanted to see the film in old-fashioned 2D couldn’t actually do so, as it was difficult to find a cinema showing it that way. One social media user, going by the name azooombie, took to Weibo to say:
“I really felt sick during the fight scenes when I watched it in 3D. It was like a low-budget movie. I need to watch again in 2D.”
The Beijing branch of Universal has told media that it is working to roll out more 2D screenings of the film, although some light vomiting and head-spins haven’t done much to damage its box office so far.
Jason Bourne had an $11.8 million debut on Tuesday, and went on to rack up a three-day total of $25.1 million.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.