Bourne Supremacy (2004)

The second of the Jason Bourne movies that I avoided for no good reason is the next movie in the DailyView binge. It is The Bourne Supremacy with Matt Damon returning to the roll of the amnesiac assassin.

As I said in the review for The Bourne Identity, I avoided the Bourne movies when they came out and I am not sure why. Once again, this movie was fantastic.

We catch up with Jason Bourne and Marie (Franka Potente) in hiding in India, happy together. Unfortunately, they are discovered and, in an attempt to escape, Marie is shot and killed. Bourne heads back to the real world to find out why this happened.

In The Bourne Identity, I claimed that I wanted some more stakes for Jason Bourne. He always felt as if he was several steps ahead of those pursuing him that I did never thought he was in jeopardy. With Marie’s death, that was immediately turned around. Then, Jason Bourne struggled through much of the film, being injured and shot. He still is ahead of the people chasing him but Bourne took the damage of his efforts and I liked that.

The action is top notch and I really love the fact that there is not an excess of gun play in the film. There is some, but it still feels as if the gun action is kept to a minimum and that the film is more about intelligence. The only problem in the action is that there was too much bouncy camera for my taste. I do not remember if there was bouncy cam in the first film and I just did not notice it, but this time, particularly in the hand to hand, it was obvious.

Directed by Paul Greengrass, I really enjoyed this movie. I thought it was a step up from the original, building on all of the positives from Identity. It was about the perfect length of time for the feature and Matt Damon is excellent.

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