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The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

  Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Written by: Tony Gilroy, Robert Ludlum
Starring: Joan Allen, Matt Damon, Karl Urban
Links: The Bourne Supremacy on the IMDb, Official site, Buy the Soundtrack, Buy the Book
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Bourne again" - a review by pearly

Sequels to these types of movies are, by and large, terrible. With The Bourne Supremacy, the follow-up to The Bourne Identity (2002), this is perhaps not such an extreme case of this phenomenon. The Bourne Supremacy is a fairly decent film of its sort; fine for passing the time, but nothing to write home about.

One of the better parts of the original film was Bourne's discovery of his skills despite being unable to remember who he was, or why he was able to kick so much arse. By the time of the second film, Bourne has, of course, unravelled most of the pieces, and the amnesia is used mainly as a way to spice up the plot at relevant moments (ever so conveniently). While the original story was pretty hard to believe, it's now taken to new levels.

Bourne (again, Matt Damon) has been moving from country to country with Marie (Franka Potente), trying to stay one step ahead of whatever authorities he believes are attempting to track him down. They've become a little lazy though, and it costs a certain someone their life (I don't think this counts as a spoiler since it happens right at the start of the film, and it should be pretty obvious from the marketing material that a certain actress who was one of the leads in the first film is not really anywhere to be seen in this one).

It's a bit of a disappointment really, because I quite like Potente (I really shouldn't have bothered keeping up the silly pretense that I wasn't going to name her for that long, but I have to keep myself amused somehow). But every film must have a female protagonist, and in this case, the honour goes to Joan Allen. Allen plays Pamela Landy, a woman who is put in charge of finding Bourne after he is (framed) for killing two agents. Julia Stiles is also back (again in a small role), as is Brian Cox.

Bourne somehow manages to be more intelligent than the combined skill of all the people he used to work for, as well as having all the witty lines to say. And that's about the size of it, really.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 7 Sep 2004

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