The Bourne Supremacy Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ March 25, 2007
Hyper-caffeinated camerawork and editing really detract- Greengrass incapable of holding a shot. Dammit, my eye moves around the frame you don't have to move them for me. Still - a lot of smart fun and Damon is very good.
Super Reviewer
August 1, 2013
It's witty and stylish, especially with the addition of director Paul Greengrass. The Bourne Supremacy picks up where 'Identity' left off with even more action/thrills and a well-made script that personifies this rogue amnesiac super agent. 4/5
Super Reviewer
April 23, 2007
16/02/2013 (Online)
Super Reviewer
January 8, 2007
although often chided for being the lesser of the three, this is still and excellent action film and completely worthy of the franchise. a solid addition to one of the best action franchises of all time.
Super Reviewer
½ August 17, 2012
A really solid sequel, with a more complex espionage-plot while boasting the same fast-paced set pieces/action that made the first so successful. It's both engaging and thrilling though-and-through.

The characters may feel synthetic only if you haven't seen the first film where a lot of Bourne's self-discovery and humanization took place, I guess the director didn't want to waste time repeating these particular themes.

Supremacy plays out as a revenge-trip-turned-conspiracy film, and in a word? It's great! Extra half a star for the restrictions of the genre (Spy-film) and the fact that it's a sequel.
Super Reviewer
March 15, 2008
"They took away his identity. Now he wants it back."

When Jason Bourne is framed for a botched CIA operation he is forced to take up his former life as a trained assassin to survive.

As "The Bourne Supremacy" opens, we find Jason living in India, trying to maintain a low profile as he attempts to create some kind of a "normal" life for himself and his girlfriend. But, as always happens in these kinds of scenarios, reality intervenes, this time in the form of assassins sent out to kill him. As if that weren't enough, Bourne is also being hunted by some CIA bosses who mistakenly believe that he has recently killed two of their own agents. Thus, Bourne finds himself running for his life in a chase that takes him from India to Berlin to Moscow before the movie is over. With the Ludlow novel as his source, Tony Gilroy has written a complex screenplay that respects the audience's intelligence even when what is happening on screen doesn't always rate too high on the plausibility meter.

Amidst all the convoluted plotting, espionage doublespeak and hi-tech hardware that are the standard accoutrement's for the genre, Gilroy manages to stay focused on the human drama at the story's core, as a man struggles to piece together the puzzle of his life. Joan Allen makes an effective foil as the agent who first suspects Bourne of killing some of her undercover operatives, then comes to believe in his innocence. Director Paul Greengrass keeps the action percolating along, maintaining a high level of suspense throughout. He uses a hand-held camera to convey the desperation of Bourne's plight and the fragmentation of his mind, often showing us incidents and events from the character's own point of view inter cut with subliminal snatches of disconnected memories. In addition, the lively, hurly burly editing keeps the picture constantly moving forward. As an actor, Damon combines the seemingly paradoxical elements of strength and vulnerability necessary to make his character believable and touching. In Bourne, he seems to have found his perfect role.
Super Reviewer
August 8, 2012
With the second movie in the Bourne trilogy, we're given a sequel that's just as exciting and badass as the first one. In this one, Jason Bourne is living with his girlfriend from the first movie and they seemingly have a normal life. However, Bourne is having nightmares about his life as a CIA assassin and he still ends up being targeted. Within the first 20 minutes or so of the movie, Bourne's girlfriend is killed and now Bourne is out for revenge and finding out who tried to kill him. A simple plot, but also effective. The great thing about this movie is that it perfectly balances out the action scenes with the non-action scenes, just like with the first movie. The dialogue is well written and keeps you engaged in what's going on and the action scenes are as intense as ever. The pacing is really wel done and there's not a point in the movie that had me wanting to throw my remote at my tv out of pure boredom. This Bourne movie also dives deeper into Jason Bourne's motivations and it does a really good job of making you root for Bourne all the way through. Matt Damon also does great in this movie. To me, he actually plays a part in making the character likable because, I mean c'mon, it's Matt Damon. He's an underrated badass. The director of the first movie was Doug Liman, but he's replaced by Paul Greengrass in this one. Greengrass was an awesome choice for this movie. He has a really good sense of spectacle that fits in this movie really well. As I stated earlier, the action scenes are just as intense as the first movie's action scenes, but during these action scenes, there's an absurd amount of shaky cam. The first movie had shaky cam, but it wasn't as bad, it wasn't exactly all over the place. But this movie makes it seem like the cameras used to film the movie had Parkinson's disease. The shaky cam felt really overdone and I know the director wanted it to feel like the audience was actually there with Bourne, but instead I had to pause the movie and let my headache pass. There really isn't a lot that needs to be said about this film except that it's a really well done sequel with great action, an awesome cast, it was well written, it had the same intrique level, minus the fact that some scenes made me feel very nauseous. It's a kick ass movie, but the third one brings things to a new level.
Super Reviewer
½ September 25, 2010
There was not one moment where I was wondering why it is not as good as the first film, in fact, I enjoyed this round so much more! "The Bourne Supremacy" takes place a bit into the future after the last instalment, and Jason Bourne seems to have settled down, but inevitably, after all these years, treadstone is back to kill him. With an all new cast of characters, this film feels like a shot-to-the-heart, every second of every frame. The hand-to-hand combat scenes are top-notch, the chase sequences are out of this world, and the tension between the characters is irresistible. Sometime this film goes into shaky-cam mode, which in some films is very annoying, but it added depth to the action unlike any other film I have seen. "The Bourne Supremacy" is all kinds of awesome!
Super Reviewer
½ August 7, 2012
In the second chapter of the "Bourne Trilogy"(well, of the first three movies), Jason Bourne(Matt Damon) is living off the grid with his love Marie(Franka Potente). He's haunted by memories and a fractured memory of his past. Then one day he is led out of hiding and Marie is murdered. Now Bourne is on a mission to find out who killed her, why, and to reconcile his past and present. This isn't better or worse than the first movie, it is right on par. A perfect companion piece as if features the same great performances and amazing action as the first one, without going off the tracks like most sequels. It's smart, but not overly complicated, so you never get lost within the story. Paul Greengrass takes over as the director and he helps make the action and pacing just as good, if not better, than "Identity". The car chase towards the end is just insane. Great movie, that all action fans will love.
Super Reviewer
½ November 2, 2006
It's not often that a sequel can actually be called a better film that the original, but The Bourne Supremacy improves in every way upon The Bourne Identity, an impressive feat considering the quality of the latter. The film pushes the character of Jason Bourne into franchise territory, where Bourne will encounter more people who want to kill him as he continually attempts to figure out more about his past.
Matt Damon's second time around as the lead character elevates him into a bona fide action star. He walks through this picture with a real confidence in Bourne's strengths and weaknesses. But unlike other actors like Jason Statham or Jet Li, Damon doesn't try to take over the film. He embodies Bourne as a smart, captivating protagonist but doesn't try to overshadow the other characters, which include Joan Allen as a CIA Agent investigating a murder of two of her ops, allegedly performed by Bourne, Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons, a young analyst who has more to do with Bourne's past than he may realize, Karl Urban as a Russian assassin, Franka Potente as his lover, Marie, and Brian Cox as the head of the Treadstone Project who means to put Bourne away for good this time.
The story does what the story of a sequel is required to do. It reveals more about the Treadstone Project. It places the lead character closer to reaching his motivations. It creates a more complicated plot that will allow for even more elaborate and bar-raising action sequences. It's also a lot more assured of itself, probably because it's written solely by Tony Gilroy, who's really good at these kind of plots.
Paul Greengrass takes over the director's chair, replacing Doug Liman, but ignites the same visual flair and pacing of the original. He opts for a more documentary style look for this film. The camera is almost always handheld, and shots are taken mostly from passenger seats in cars, behind or beside characters involved in the action, or placed among bystanders to give that "you are there" look. It does wonders for a film that also spans multiple locales like Berlin and Moscow, and in a climactic car chase sequences that I seriously would rank as one of the top ten car chases ever put on film.
I don't want to reveal anything else or talk up this great film any more. The Bourne Supremacy is without a doubt the action picture of the year, and elevates Jason Bourne into an action hero to remember.
Super Reviewer
August 3, 2010
Certainly not as good as the other two in the trilogy, but this is still a really good action thriller in its own right. Great locations and awesome fighting sequences.
Super Reviewer
June 5, 2007
A great follow on which is just as good as the first. More intricate and revealing.
Super Reviewer
½ August 28, 2011
Always fun to see the underdog win. Bourne is back taking on the whole CIA. I wonder how many cars they went through in all the car chases/crashes?
Super Reviewer
½ August 5, 2011
The ball keeps on rolling from the first movie. Well done!
Super Reviewer
June 23, 2011
Oh my god! Bourne is back and not in the mood. Excellent rithm, soundtrack, story.
Super Reviewer
½ May 2, 2011
Solid sequel to the electrifying The Bourne Identity. The Bourne Supremacy again follows Spy Jason Bourne who is now running from his past. The Bourne Supremacy is an even more solid film than Bourne Identity and it delivers yet more thrills than the first. Paul Greengrass is a good replacement and his vision for a Bourne film is stunning. The cast assembled here are a terrific bunch of actors who light up the screen. Even the weaker cast members (Julia Stiles) is fairly good. Greengrass is a spellbinding director who crafts a film that is extremely well executed. The Bourne Supremacy builds on the first one and turns up the stakes up a notch. The film is a nonstop thrill ride, and Supremacy is a much more accomplished film than Identity. After being framed for a CIA operation gone wrong, Jason Bourne is forced to rediscover his forgotten past, and resort to his assassins training to survive. A film that has a somewhat simple premise, but is big on action, and plot development, The Bourne Supremacy is a phenomenal sequel that will thrill any fan of the first film. A Supremacy is a high octane ride that delivers top notch action. The film is better than Bourne Identity. But thats not saying that the first one was bad its just that this entry takes the best parts of the first and turns everything up a notch. The Bourne Supremacy is a well written, acted and directed film that delivers more adrenaline thrills than the first. An awesome action picture.
Super Reviewer
May 26, 2007
Color me surprised, but these were all great! This is probably the weakest of the trilogy, but I enjoyed the greater inclusion of Julia Stiles.
Super Reviewer
April 1, 2011
Sharp direction and strong camera-work, as well as another strong performance from Matt Damon make this a very satisfying sequel to a great action thriller.
Super Reviewer
½ March 5, 2011
Tremendous, it doesn't surpassthe first, but becomes close. It has a great story, Damon is perfect, and the best part is the action.
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