The Bourne Supremacy

Critics Consensus

A well-made sequel that delivers the thrills.

81%

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Total Count: 194

90%

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User Ratings: 708,587
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The second chapter in the "Bourne Trilogy," based on Robert Ludlum's best-selling espionage novels, reaches the screen in this sequel to the 2002 thriller The Bourne Identity. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has abandoned his life as a CIA assassin and has been traveling beneath the agency's radar, eventually reconnecting with Marie Kreutz (Franka Potente), the woman he loves. But Bourne is haunted by vivid dreams and troubling memories of his days as a killer, and he's not certain how much really happened and how much is a product of his imagination. When Bourne is led out of hiding by circumstances beyond his control, he must reconcile his past and present as he struggles to keep Marie out of harm's way and foil an international incident with dangerous consequences. The Bourne Supremacy also features Joan Allen as one of Bourne's superiors, while Julia Stiles and Brian Cox reprise their roles as intelligence agents from the first film. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Cast

Matt Damon
as Jason Bourne
Franka Potente
as Marie Kreutz
Brian Cox
as Ward Abbott
Julia Stiles
as Nicolette
Karl Urban
as Kirill
Gabriel Mann
as Danny Zorn
Joan Allen
as Pamela Landy
Tom Gallop
as Tom Cronin
Karel Roden
as Gretkov
Tomas Arana
as Martin Marshall
Oksana Akinshina
as Irena Neski
Patrick Crowley
as Jack Weller
Jon Collin
as Jarhead
Sam Brown
as Jarhead
Wanja Mues
as Night Clerk
Aleksey Shmarinov
as Moscow Taxi Driver
Stephan Wolf-Schonburg
as Suspicious Cop
Olov Ludwig
as Market Security Guard
Keshav Nadkarni
as Mr. Mohan
Alexander Boyev
as 2nd Taxi Driver
Claudio Maniscalco
as Immigration Officer
Manfred Witt
as Doorman
Aleksey Trotsenko
as Vodka Police Passenger
Victoria Unikel
as Mercedes Driver
Oksana Semenova
as Mercedes Passenger
Vitalei Abdulov
as Volga Taxi Owner
Dirk Schoedon
as Berlin Taxi Driver
Ivan Shvedov
as Moscow Policeman
Denis Burgazliev
as Moscow Policeman
Nick Wilder
as Delta C.O.
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  • 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
  • Dec 06, 2015
    Picks up straight after the first and still not got his full memory back he's living peacefully in india until he's framed for murder, Yes the story has been done before but it's by far one of the best with the plot, It focuses more on story telling than the action and what action we got was pretty good especially the end car chase that felt like a GTA chase, It was great but I expected a better ending but apart from that it's a solid sequel, Better plot but let down by the lack of action.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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