The Bourne Supremacy

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The Bourne Supremacy
Review (8/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

Matt Damon is back in this second installment of the tales of Jason Bourne, this one being titled The Bourne Supremacy. This time around, Bourne's quiet life with his girlfriend Marie (Franka Potente) in a quiet coastal village of Goa in India is upset when a ruthless Russian oil czar sabotages a CIA operation and frames Bourne in the process. Both the CIA and the Russians set out to find Bourne and rid the world of this supposed nuisance. What they don't realize is that while they believe it is them who is hunting down Bourne, in reality, it is a pissed off Jason Bourne who is hunting them. He warned them to leave him alone - now they will pay!

The Bourne Supremacy is an excellent follow-up to 2002's The Bourne Identity. In many respects, Jason Bourne is almost like a more sophisticated version of John Rambo - a government-trained killing machine who just wants out. I have to admit I really do like the whole Jason Bourne aura - he's smart, he's tough, he's quick, he can drive a car better than Michael Schumacher, he can punch out two government agents, steal their guns and download all the information off their cellphones in the blink of an eye. Or how about blowing up a house with a toaster and a newspaper? And best of all he does it all without the Stallone/Schwarzenegger/Van Damme muscles and frowns (well, I suppose he does frown quite a bit, but I really don't blame him). He does it all in a down-to-earth, cute and cuddly, jeans and t-shirt sort of way. It's really hard not to like the guy.

As for the movie? A lot of the heavy-hitters from the original movie have returned - Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Damon, Potente and a brief appearance by Chris Cooper. Joan Allen is a great new addition as CIA bureaucrat Pamela Landy. The dude who played the Russian assassin was quite cool as well - I actually would have liked to have seen him a bit more in the movie. The movie features some outstanding fight scenes, a great car chase and a slightly complicated but not too confusing plot. It takes us from India to Germany to Italy to Russia and to New York. One complaint I would have is that a few of the fight scenes the camera work was a bit too jumpy and it made it difficult to figure out what the hell was going on. I'm not too sure why directors feel the need to film these fight scenes in such a helter-skelter fashion but what do I know. I also really liked how Bourne never killed anyone in the entire movie, at least not with a gun. As far as I can remember, he did not even shoot a gun in the whole movie and I can guarantee that he never shot anyone. He was a nice government-trained killer.

Overall, I have to say that The Bourne Supremacy is a great action/spy/thriller type of movie. It is by no means a perfect movie and if you really think of some of the logistics of the movie, it wouldn't be too hard to rip it apart. But if you are in the mood just to sit back, enjoy some great violence on the big screen and watch Matt Damon rip apart yet another corrupt wing of the U.S. government, then I would highly recommend running to the theatre tonight to see The Bourne Supremacy. It really is quite an entertaining movie, from beginning to end.

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