Crisply directed by Paul Greengrass and starring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, this film offers almost constant high-speed action. As in The Bourne Identity, the young protagonist suffers from amnesia. His nightmares, hallucinations, and mini-epiphanies have yet to reveal all that he wants to know about himself and especially his past. He does know, however, that he was once involved as a highly-skilled assassin in a "black ops" project (code name Treadstone) sponsored by the C.I.A. As this sequel begins, Bourne and companion Maria Kreutz (Franka Potente) are happily settled in a seaside village in India, presumably out of harm's way. And then....
Tony Gilroy's screenplay is based on the second of three novels written by Robert Ludlum which comprise "The Bourne Trilogy." The acting by members of the supporting cast (notably Joan Allen and Brian Cox) is consistently first-rate. Credit Oliver Wood and Dominic Watkins with the cinematography and production design which recreate violent, often deadly encounters in various locations through which Bourne flees or pursues his adversaries. He eventually establishes his "supremacy" but at a substantial cost as the film ends. I now await the adaptation of The Bourne Ultimatum, hopeful that it sustains the same high level of quality in terms of storytelling, acting, and production values. That said, I agree with others who have noted the lack of variety in the pace of plot in The Bourne Supremacy, and, the need for character development in greater depth. On balance, however, I think this is a highly entertaining film.
My only problem with the two Bourne movies has been that they seem to be too short and scream for sequels. Matt Damon is excellent and convincing as the cool Jason Bourne, trained by a covert government agency as the ultimate assassin. Jason has retired with his girlfriend from the first movie and is leading a quiet life in India. All of a sudden there is a bombing to cover up some covert crime and the bombers have placed Jason Bourne's fingerprint at the scene. … more
My only problem with the two Bourne movies has been that they seem to be too short and scream for sequels. Matt Damon is excellent and convincing as the cool Jason Bourne, trained by a covert government agency as the ultimate assassin. Jason has retired with his girlfriend from the first movie and is leading a quiet life in India. All of a sudden there is a bombing to cover up some covert crime and the bombers have placed Jason Bourne's fingerprint at the scene. To make the … more
Pros: Damon, Allen, and a good plot. Cons: Camera work is off, may confuse some. The Bottom Line: A solid film that will delight fans of the series. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. Two years have passed since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) attempted to solve the mystery behind his amnesia and slipped into hiding in an attempt to leave his past as a spy/assassin behind. … more
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Matt Damon returns as amnesiac assassin Jason Bourne in this fast-paced follow-up to 2002's THE BOURNE IDENTITY. Forced out of hiding as the result of an attempt on his life, Bourne fulfills his earlier promise to wreak vengeance on his former CIA employers, some of whom may be in league with murderous Russians. Brian Cox and Joan Allen are both great as warring agency chiefs convinced Bourne orchestrated the murder of two of their own in a deal gone bad. Thanks to tense, gritty direction by Paul Greengrass (BLOODY SUNDAY), the plot stays tight, the characters believable, and suspense and thrills flow steady. Moody photography enhances the urban European locations, which--combined with handheld camerawork and fast editing--keeps the action realistic and CGI-free. Vividly capturing the fatalist flavor of Robert Ludlum's original novel, this is "globalism noir" at its finest. Franka Potente and Julia Stiles are back from the original, and the always dependable Marton Csokas shows up as one of Bourne's dead...