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 frame-up complete with no witnesses, an assassin is dispatched to take care of Bourne in India. Of course the assassin fails but kills Bourne's girlfriend in the chase that ensues. Thus Bourne again (as in the first movie) forced to deal with people who are trying to kill him, that he has no memory of.
Meanwhile a European CIA operative (played brilliantly by Joan Allen) starts investigating Jason Bourne's classified records and starts to ask questions about Treadstone, which brings the remaining characters from the first movie into the fray. The CIA head that tried to bury the Treadstone project keeps warning Allen that you don't know what you're getting yourself into.
Little by little Bourne starts to find out some things about those who are after him until he can turn the tables against them. Julia Styles is excellent in her small role and could have been used more.
The action and the car chases in this movie are equal to the best films around! Damon's Bourne is one of the best government agent characters I have seen in any film.
It definitely helps to see the first movie prior to seeing this. (also, excellent). I saw it a few days after on cable and then saw this movie a second time and was able to more readily follow the plot.
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
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 … 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...