Bourne Supremacy

Bourne Supremacy

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Director: Paul Greengrass

Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox

     
 

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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 womanSee more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This rousing sequel to The Bourne Identity, again starring Matt Damon as the amnesiac ex-spy created by bestselling author Robert Ludlum, boasts a stronger cast, muscular direction, and quicksilver pacing. It begins with Jason Bourne and his lover (Franka Potente), also repeating her role from the original) enjoying life in a tropical paradise -- that is, until she is killed by an assassin gunning for Bourne. Believing that the CIA is behind the attack, Bourne relentlessly pursues his old boss (Brian Cox), who's now dealing with a female administrator (Joan Allen) even more ruthless than he is. And it gets worse: Although Bourne doesn't know it, he's been framed for the murder of a CIA operative in Berlin -- which means his former colleagues are as eager to find him as he is them. The boyishly handsome Damon, whose casting as Bourne originally raised eyebrows, plays the preternaturally gifted spook with remarkable intensity. He's grimly convincing whether jury-rigging high-tech gadgets or dispatching experienced combatants in unusual settings. Interestingly, Damon's is a performance that's carried by pantomime: he has very little dialogue, and we understand much of what he's doing by his facial expressions and body language. Frequent cutaways to the opposition heighten the tension, especially because the Cox and Allen characters are working at cross-purposes; their dialogue exchanges are also wonderfully tart. Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday) rates kudos for vividly capturing exotic foreign locations while staging high-powered action sequences, including the best car chase we've seen in years, and maintaining an unflagging pace.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Interesting things happen when real actors are cast in action films. The heroes and villains in films like this are better able to find shades of gray in the usual good-guy/bad-guy conflict. Matt Damon, Brian Cox, and Joan Allen all communicate a powerful intelligence in The Bourne Supremacy. That intelligence helps sell the non-action sequences because a scared intelligent person creates much more tension in a viewer than a scared dumb person. These characters should all be able to think themselves out of difficult situations, and watching each of them mentally process their labyrinthine game of cat and mouse provides the movie's biggest thrills. The problem with the film is that the actual action sequences are shot in tight close-ups and edited frantically so that the audience is never given a big picture in which to place the action. These sequences, especially a momentum-draining final car chase, do not measure up to the quiet moments in the film. Director Paul Greengrass appears to be more interested in the characters than in the action. He resolves the movie with a scene of personal confession, a scene that helps remind the viewer what is really good in the film, rather than an action sequence. The Bourne Supremacy is a humorless film. There was a kick in The Bourne Identity when Jason Bourne discovered his powers. The only time Bourne discovers something about himself in this sequel is at the very end of the film, and that piece of information does not provide any payoff. All it does is promise a third film in the series that hopefully will find a better balance between character and action. Thanks to the top-notch cast, The Bourne Supremacy is a functional summer thriller, but it could have been more.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman
A conventionally heightened series of escapes and clashes and hide-and-seek gambits, yet the way the film has been made, nothing that happens seems inevitable -- which is to say, anything seems possible. There's a word for that sensation. It's called excitement.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
This is high-speed action realism carried off with the dexterity of a magician pulling a hundred rabbits out of a hat in one graceful gesture. The crowning flourish is an extended car chase through the streets and tunnels of Moscow that ranks as one of the three or four most exciting demolition derbies ever filmed.
Boston Globe - Ty Burr
The way Greengrass lets you feel the violence is impressive. Most movie heroes punch through armies without scraping their knuckles, but Bourne's a believable wreck by midpoint.
Miami Herald - Rene Rodriguez
Achieves an assaultive intensity that adds a level of visceral excitement to car chases, mano-a-mano showdowns -- even simple conversations. It's a style that takes some getting used to -- the images flit by at near-subliminal speeds -- but proves tremendously effective.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/04/2013
UPC:
0025192171970
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
9,493

Special Features

Explosive deleted scenes; Matching identities: casting; Keeping it real; Blowing things up; On the move with Jason Bourne; Bourne to be wild: fight training; Crash cam: racing through the streets of Moscow; The go-mobile revs up the action; Anatomy of a scene: the explosive bridge chase scene; Scoring with John Powell; The Bourne mastermind; The Bourne diagnosis; Feature commentary with director Paul Greengrass; ; Blu-ray exclusives: ; U-control; Enjoy interactive features while you are watching the movie; Picture in picture; Treadstone files; Bourne operation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matt Damon David Webb/Jason Bourne
Franka Potente Marie
Brian Cox Ward Abbott
Julia Stiles Nicky Parsons
Karl Urban Kirill
Gabriel Mann Danny Zorn
Joan Allen Pamela Landy
Marton Csokas Jarda
Karel Roden Gretkov
Tomas Arana Martin Marshall
Tom Gallop Tom Cronin
Tim Griffin Nevins
Michelle Monaghan Kim
Ethan Sandler Kurt
John Bedford Lloyd Teddy
Oksana Akinshina Irena Neski
Jevgeni Sitochin Mr. Neski
Marina Weis-Burgaslieva Mrs. Neski
Sean Smith Vic
Maxim Kovalevski Ivan
Patrick Crowley Weller, Jack
Jon Collin Jarhead
Sam Brown Jarhead
Shane Sinutko Jarhead
Barnaby P. Smith CIA Techie
Dominique Chiout Waitress
Wanja Mues Night Clerk
Aleksey Shmarinov Moscow Taxi Driver
Stephan Wolf-Schoenburg Suspicious Cop
Olov Ludwig Market Security Guard
Keshav Nadkarni Mr. Mohan
Violetta Grafin Tarnowska Bronner Neski Neighbor
Aleksey Medvedev Young Cop
Aleksander Doobina 2nd Cop

Technical Credits
Paul Greengrass Director
Ilya Amursky Art Director
Bob Beemer Sound Mixer
Dinah Collin Costumes/Costume Designer
Patrick Crowley Producer
Philip Elton Art Director
Luc Étienne Asst. Director
Kirk A. Francis Sound/Sound Designer
Garry Freeman Art Director
Tony Gilroy Screenwriter
Dan Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Sebastian Krawinkel Art Director
Doug Liman Executive Producer
Frank Marshall Producer
Joseph Middleton Casting
Scott Millan Sound Mixer
Henry Morrison Executive Producer
Colin O'Hara Associate Producer
Richard Pearson Editor
John Powell Score Composer
Christopher Rouse Editor
Paul L. Sandberg Producer
Aradhana Seth Art Director
Dominic Watkins Production Designer
Jeffrey M. Weiner Executive Producer
Oliver Wood Cinematographer

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