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Movie review: THE BOURNE SUPREMACY

by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:

120 minutes

starring Matt Damon (Jason Bourne), Karl Urban (Kirill), Joan Allen (Pamela Landy), Julia Stiles (Nicky), Brian Cox (Ward Abbot), and Franka Potente (Marie)

screenplay by Tony Gilroy, based on a novel by Robert Ludlum

directed by Paul Greengrass

STUDIO: UNIVERSAL

ANALYSIS: Jason Bourne is framed for the murder of two CIA agents in Berlin, and he has to come out of hiding to find out who tried to kill him and frame him. Pamela Landy leads the hunt to try and bring Bourne in while Bourne's former boss at the closed-up Trendstone Project wants him dead.

THE BOURNE SUPREMACY is a worthwhile follow-up to THE BOURNE IDENTITY. It is a decent thriller where everyone discovers why Bourne is being framed as he (and the CIA) find out who is behind it. Bourne is out for revenge as he tries to survive from being killed or captured. The movie has one of the best car chases ever despite the shaky camera style that Paul Greengrass uses throughout the movie too often which ended up giving me a headache by the end of the movie. Haven't Paul Greengrass and his cinematographer heard of a steadycam?!

The performances in THE BOURNE SUPREMACY hit their mark as Karl Urban plays a convincing bad guy who has a good chance of killing Bourne. Those performances help sell this as an enjoyable thriller even though they kill off one of my favorite characters within 20 minutes into the movie (who is an important character in the novel I hear). The action and fight scenes are just as good or better than the fight/action scenes in the first movie. Also the locations from Berlin to Moscow to India are great. I wonder what locations Bourne will go to in the next sequel.

If you liked the first movie, go see THE BOURNE SUPREMACY or go rent (or buy) the DVD when it is released. The movie is a satisfying movie that doesn't rely on CGI and harkens back to the day of spy thrillers from the 1960s and 1970s.

this review is (c)8-20-2004 David Blackwell. This review cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com

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