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Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Supremacy

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Director: Paul Greengrass, Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox

Cast: Paul Greengrass, 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 woman


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 Webb's superiors, while Julia Stiles and Brian Cox reprise their roles as intelligence agents from the first film.

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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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Special Features

Feature commentary with director Paul Greengrass; deleted scenes; eight featurettes including "Matching Identities" (on casting), "Keeping It Real" (stunts); "Blowing Things Up," "On the Move with Jason Bourne" (camerawork), "Bourne to be Wild" on Damon'd fight training, "Crash Cam: Racing Through the Streets of Moscow," and "The Go-Mobile Revs up the Action"; Anatomy of a Scene: The Explosive Bridge Chase Sequence" scoring featurette with composer John Powell.

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Bits and Pieces [4:30]
2. The Neski Files [5:13]
3. Blown [5:38]
4. No Choice [6:38]
5. One of Us [1:32]
6. Operation Treadstone [5:38]
7. Priority Target [6:00]
8. The Local Contact [2:51]
9. The Last Two [6:52]
10. Looking for Landy [3:02]
11. In the Crosshairs [4:50]
12. The Alexanderplatz [2:34]
13. Some Simple Questions [5:35]
14. What If... [1:37]
15. Room 845 [4:12]
16. On the Run [6:44]
17. The Patriot [:16]
18. To Moscow [4:19]
19. Kirill's Prey [6:38]
20. Death Chase [2:50]
21. Into the Light [5:23]
22. The Truth [1:44]
23. The File on David Webb [5:23]
24. End Titles [1:45]


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The Bourne Supremacy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Brian-Jezuit More than 1 year ago
I've always been picky regarding the films that I'll see in the espionage/spy genre! Actually, until The Bourne Trilogy, the only films of said genre that I truly enjoyed & collected were the James Bond 007 films. Nothing else seemed to 'match up'. Then, last summer (2011), I was given The Bourne Trilogy as a Birthday gift. My Uncle LOVES them & thought that I might fall into like w/ them as well. After sitting on 1 of my DVD library shelves, shrink-wrap still on, for about 2 months, I relented. After all, "24" is my ALL-TIME favorite show ( I own The Complete Series & actually watch them somewhat often) & that's an espionage-based show, complete w/ spies, moles, traitors, you name it! After seeing the 1st film in the series ("...Identity"), I was really hooked! Amazing film-not just the plotline, action, & acting, but the direction, production design, cinematography, & score as well! The 2nd picture ("...Supremacy"), which should be the basis for this review topped off the 1st! I loved Liman's direction in the 1st film, but Paul Greengrass took it to new heights! The suspense was enough to make someone take an anti-anxieity medicine! Everything that I aforementioned re: the 1st film applies here 2-fold! Then came the 3rd ("...Ultimatum")...holy ****! A roller-coaster ride from start to finish! Having Joan Allen & Julia Stiles reprise their roles was an awesome touch on Greengrass' part! Adding Albert Finney, Scott Glenn, & a character actor that I've always felt is overlooked-David Strathairn as Noah Vosner was a touch of genius, as his screen presence commanded every scene that took place in the CIA NY Sub-Station! He & Joan Allen played off of each other wonderfully! My suggestion is not to just purchase 1 Bourne film...own them ALL...I cannot see ANY possible way that it would be a regretful situation for any true fan of fine film craftmanship! Oh & BTW, I cannot wait to see The Bourne Legacy! Edward Norton is an ingenius cast addition to the saga! Thanks!
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Harry-The-Critic More than 1 year ago
Matt Damon was befitting choice for Jason Bourne. This movie makes you run along with Bourne. It's probably one movie which is as good as the book itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was every bit as good as the first one. My only complaint about this film is the shaky camera shots used during the action sequences.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not much for Action movies but this one has a great story and is frankly my favorite of its kind. The music in it is also fabulous, I have both soundtracks, I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. Oh and Matt....I'm still available.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never read ¿The Bourne Identity¿ when I saw it for the first time. As a result, I had no expectations. So, when I did see it, I was really surprised by what a great, fun movie it was. Naturally, I was really excited to hear that ¿The Bourne Supremacy¿ was being made into a feature film. Now, I must admit that I was a little bit skeptical as there would be a new director and I wondered if his take would be a departure from Doug Liman¿s view. Not only did he stay true to the vision and style of the first movie, but director Paul Greengrass seemed to improve on it. The film had a pretty good plot, some pretty good acting and lots of action. I would recommend this movie to anyone who enjoyed the first movie and to those who like action/espionage movies in general. Lots of fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this one. The first was very good and the action was edgey. This one showed the heart of the man and it showed the strength and fortitude to carry out his principals. Matt was superior with bringing us to the drivers seat and every action that he did. WOW makes me want more
Guest More than 1 year ago
In took me two viewings to appreciate the full value of the first movie in this series. I finally discovered that, despite the seemingly incomprehensible secret agent-speak and the multiple movements of bodies and objects, there was a complex and interesting story just beneath the surface. Filled with many of the same compelling elements- pathos, action, suspense, intrigue- The Bourne Supremacy is a worthy sequel to the original, but it is also an entertaining thriller in its own right. A strong script with occasional witty lines from Tony Gilroy maintains the quality of the story line that goes further in explaining the riddles surrounding Jason Bourne’s past and his attempts at redemption. Shot once again on location in major European cities, further continuity is provided by the appearance of almost all of the original cast members who reprise their roles. The addition of academy award-winning Joan Allen who is effective as Pamela Landy, the ambitious but ethical CIA Supervisor of Operations, only bolsters that line-up. As good as this movie is, however, it does not measure up to its predecessor, and what flaws there are can be traced to the change of the man in charge. Doug Liman, Director on Bourne Identity, was the real force behind the first project. Indeed, he not only crafted an excellent movie but was also the one who had initially obtained the rights to the books by Robert Ludlam. Although new director Paul Greengrass is faithful to the spirit and winning formula of that film, his approach forces us to be infrequently, but noticeably distracted. While Identity was undeniably an action picture, it was nonetheless character- driven. Supremacy, on the other hand, tips the balance in the other direction. Greengrass gives us a little too much gratuitous violence and a few too many scenes that stretch the bounds of believability. Other problems flow simply from his technique. We are informed that he went to great ends in order to achieve a sense of realism, among other things, eschewing the use of computerized or other “special” effects in the stunt scenes. That more directors are employing these kinds of methods perhaps signals a welcome return to authenticity, and I praise him for his effort. Yet, he may have taken this principle too far. For example, his desire to obtain a “gritty exposure” in camera shots, so common in documentary films from which he drew his experience, often results in only making it more difficult to see what’s happening. His extensive use of hand-held cameras in his action sequences likewise can be too much of a good thing. We may get a sense of the moment, as in the shaking frames during a car chase, but at the cost of an understandable image. This film thus missed the high mark scored by Bourne Identity, but it is still a very enjoyable movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, committed to truth, justice and the American Way... ' Almost Superman, not quite, but almost. The movie is just fun. Like the James Bond spy thrillers, this movie delivers a bunch of action, suspense and thrills, but at a much higher level. This is pure enjoyment if one dismisses the sheer implausibility of the plot. However, the blinding speed and precision of Matt Damon's close quarter unarmed combat skills are nothing shy of remarkable, amazing. Great flick. Sure to peg your fun meter. Highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is very good.Not that much like the book but I really like these movies.The Bourne series is my favorite trilogy on dvd.Matt Damon was the perfect choice to play Bourne. I could not think of a better actor to do this role.This movie start's out in Maine with Jason and Marie living comfortably on the beach.Jason has a harder time keeping his emotions in check in this movie then the first.One of my favorite parts is Jason saying goodbye to Marie.The pain we see in his face while he's burning what's left of Marie's file. The score is amazing in this part.We hear the sad music that is combined with the revenge music.I watched the bonus features for this part and it was really cool.Another one of my favorite parts is Jason with the last Treadstone agent.He has to be extremely careful in this part because this guy could kill him at any second.I have read the Bourne Supremacy two times and it gets better everytime I read it.I highly recommend this movie for anyone but read the books first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It won't let you down. This follow up of the Bourne Idenity is just as thrilling and exciting as the first movie. I can't imagine that you'd be disappointed if you enjoyed the Borune Idenity. Great Movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was alright although I say the first Bourne movie is better. The car chases are terrific and remind you something from the Road Warrior. Can't wait for The Bourne Ultimatum!
Guest More than 1 year ago
unbelievable, high paced, action packed thriller. best movie of the year
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