The Bourne Supremacy

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A well-made sequel that delivers the thrills.

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Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is living in India when he is framed by Russian agent Kirill (Karl Urban) for the theft of millions from the CIA. Kirill begins to pursue Bourne, intending to assassinate him -- but while Bourne and his girlfriend, Marie (Franka Potente), are on the run, a shot meant for him kills her instead. Vowing revenge, Bourne sets out to prove his innocence and bring the culprits to justice, but he has to evade CIA head Pamela Landry (Joan Allen), who is convinced he is guilty.

Cast & Crew

Matt Damon
Jason Bourne
Brian Cox
Ward Abbott
Gabriel Mann
Danny Zorn
Joan Allen
Agent Pamela Landy
Tomas Arana
Martin Marshall
Tony Gilroy
Screenwriter
Robert Ludlum
Writer (Book)
Doug Liman
Executive Producer
Dominic Watkins
Production Designer
Dinah Collin
Costume Designer
Sonja Döring
Production Manager
Norbert Kneissl
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Critic Reviews for The Bourne Supremacy

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  • [Director] Greengrass proves himself equally adept at action, building on the edginess of Doug Liman's original with a feverish handheld camera and frenetic editing.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • You can't put a price on a film-maker who still believes stunts should be shot in the street and not the editing suite

    August 12, 2004 | Full Review…
  • A brisk, engrossing and intelligent thriller.

    August 10, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

    BBC.com
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  • Of its kind, The Bourne Supremacy is incredibly skilled -- much more exciting than its predecessor.

    August 3, 2004

    David Denby

    New Yorker
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  • Another of those incoherent Robert Ludlum spy thrillers with more logistics than logic.

    July 29, 2004 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
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  • An entertaining, well-constructed spy story (though not as satisfying as the first film -- perhaps because it's not as simple).

    July 24, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bourne Supremacy

  • Oct 27, 2019
    The signature attraction to James Bond as a double-nought spy could be said to be his studied superiority in any given situation, which gives him, it is implied, his license to kill, and what viewers return for again and again. Bourne shoulders the same weight with a handicap: he doesn't know he's James Bond, and so we watch to see him discover his superiority in situation after dire situation. Damon is entirety believable as our assassin overseas whose major revelation is that he doesn't want to kill anymore. He's keeping that superiority though.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2016
    With Paul Greengrass stepping in to direct the followup to 'Identity', this could not be more a worthy sequel than what the film actually is. Following on from the original, 'Supremacy' reveals more of the character's abilities to outsmart his opponents no matter where they are, hiding halfway across the world, a building of operatives or simply just standing around and avoid any sense of detection. Greengrass's signatory handheld camera give each action and chase scenes much needed thrills, spills and adrenaline to keep viewers glues to their seats just willing to know where the film's plot will take them next, or who will it involve. Especially when touching upon, mistaken identity or frame-ups, while the film doesn't reveal much about the film's primary cover-up, it does however give audiences a more deeper understanding as to which actions the character takes have direct consequence on him as well as those around or relating to the people/target he's been involved with. The elevated scale and compelling plot make this film hugely better than the original, never losing any sight of motifs or traditions that made the series great.
    Luke E Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2016
    Supremacy builds on all the strengths of 2002's 'Identity' by giving Jason Bourne a much more relatable and grounded side. It's far from risky or overly original, but The Bourne Supremacy is as tightly compacted and impeccably directed as a spy thriller can get. Stepping in for Doug Liman is Paul Greengrass, known now as a master of suspense films, and Supremacy was one of his first gems. As I've said before, the original Bourne trilogy gets better with each film, and I think this second entry in the spy series may give us the best performance from Matt Damon in the title role. With his increasingly likable performance and magnetic charm, along with Tony Gilroy's well strung script, Supremacy tends to hit on all levels. With a bigger budget and seemingly more freedom in that department, I feel like the filmmakers wanted to turn the series in a slightly more action heavy route. Instead of Bourne being on the run from the C.I.A., this time he's hunting them, and the action steps up because of that. Bourne has more time to plan out his moves and hence the scenes feeling more natural and polished. With that said, the reason the action works so well, is because the characters are written with depth and motivations. There are no mustache twirling villains, you understand where everyone is coming from, even if you don't agree with their decisions. One of those nicely written characters is Joan Allen's Pamela Landy. Landy, a new task force leader from the C.I.A., wants just as many answers as Bourne as she draws close to the truth behind Treadstone. Unfortunately for her, Bourne is after everyone who ever wronged him, and Landy may be one of them. Much like the first film, as the audience you suspect what's going on, but it's far more interesting to watch the performances and reactions of the characters finding out themselves. That's a tribute to the acting and directing. At the center of each Bourne film is the performance of the great Matt Damon, and I don't know that he's ever been as good as he is in 'Supremacy'. The wide range of emotion and flawless action sequences that he (reportedly) did stunts for is impressive. The best Bourne is revenge Bourne and that's what we get here. It's always entertaining to watch him rip apart the C.I.A.'s attempts to take him down, even on the 5th or 6th viewing. +Damon has never been better +Joan Allen +Amped up action, amped up characters +Vulnerable but vengeful Bourne 9.4/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • May 17, 2016
    While not as strong as its predecessor, The Bourne Supremacy brings the action back and then some. Matt Damon personifies this lost soul perfectly, and the supporting cast brings enough to the table to deliver a solid entry in the Bourne franchise.
    Ben B Super Reviewer

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