The Bourne Supremacy (2004) Movie Review

Catherine BelyakovaDecember 24, 2019

Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is now living in India with his girlfriend (Franka Potente). Suffering from amnesia, he still cannot fully remember his past but knows that he was caught up in a world of secret agents, double cross and murder. Haunted by nightmares and flashbacks he tries to put the pieces together so that he can discover his true identity. Things take a turn when Bourne and his girlfriend are chased by an assassin and he is pulled back into the shadowy world of espionage. His enemies are closing the net around him as his search for the truth takes him across Europe…


Based on the second of Robert Ludlum’s books this superior thriller has all the ingredients to make it stand out in its class. The Bourne Supremacy is well paced, clever, exciting and entertaining. The story follows on from the first movie, The Bourne Identity, and while it is not necessary to have seen the first movie I think it does help explain some of the detail in this second instalment.

You’ll have to pay attention as the clever plot moves along at a cracking pace. There are plenty of details thrown in that aren’t ‘over-explained’ so you can’t sit back and switch off or you might miss something. The action scenes are perfectly balanced with the story and they aren’t included just for the sake of it. Neither do they continue for too long thereby taking from the story. One small complaint on the action scenes is the ‘shaky’ close camera work. This works really well to portray the frantic panic and recklessness of the characters but sometimes its difficult to see exactly what’s happening in some of the chase scenes.

In other scenes the close camera work gives a real authentic, almost documentary, feel to the movie and this adds to the realism, and you get the feeling you are there on the scene. There are some scenes when the chief CIA agents (Joan Allen and Brian Cox) are arguing over the best way to catch Bourne and the camera work really makes it feel realistic. The whole package is helped by good solid acting and a very realistic script that avoids clichés and silly one-liners.

A slightly older Matt Damon suits the role of Jason Bourne even better than in the first movie when he looked a little young for the part. With a dark brooding expression he looks convincing as he isn’t all muscle and brawn – a decent effort of secret agent out in the cold.

Bottom Line: There aren’t enough of these types of thrillers and it’s great when one, as good as this, comes along. If you enjoy The Bourne Supremacy you might also like The Bourne Identity, Spy Game, The Sum Of All Fears, The Italian Job, Proof Of Life, High Crimes.


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