Captain Critic Presents: “The Bourne Supremacy”

Once again, thanks Juicy Popcorn, for letting me add my two cents.

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Righteous anger is a powerful plot device often used in action films. “The Bourne Supremacy” uses it like a sledgehammer. With brutal pacing and very little finesse, the big question is, does it make for a good movie?

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THE BOURNE DOUBLE-TAKE BREAKDOWN REVIEW: “The Bourne Supremacy”, a sequel to “The Bourne Identity”, chronicles the continuing exploits of black-ops expert Jason Bourne. Once again we join Bourne, and his girlfriend Marie, now happily living in India, hoping to escape the pain of his past.Still suffering from amnesia, he’s experiencing momentary flashes of his former life in fleeting memories. Soon things go very wrong for Bourne when an attempted assassination is badly bungled. Now on the run, and seeking answers to his mysterious past, Bourne takes the offensive in a high stakes game of cat and mouse. Seeking revenge, he’s not prepared for what he uncovers when he gets it.

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Alright, I admit it, I’m not the biggest fan of action flicks. They have been done so often that to call them cliche would be cliche. But there’s something fresh about the “Bourne” movies. “The Bourne Supremacy” is polished and slickly made. Matt Damon again returns as Jason Bourne, and turns in another stellar performance. He’s so skilled at playing this character that he becomes Bourne. His fighting scenes are very well done, with extreme brutality, and yet a scary calm. This time Bourne is on the offensive and looking for vengeance, using every weakness of his enemy to his advantage. There’s a scene in which he allows himself to be arrested so he can gain information on his pursuers, and once obtained he calmly disables his attackers and walks away. It’s so well done and he makes it seem almost casual. Most of the government agents pursuing Bourne come across as bumbling and inept, with the notable exception of  Pamela Landy, nicely played by Joan Allen. She alone understands how Bourne thinks, and this is valuable as she tracks him.  But Bourne knows all the spy tricks and out thinks the government agents by using their own tech against them.The story speeds along at a nice pace with plenty of danger at every turn, but it’s not exactly a thinking man’s mystery because most of the clues are laid out in plain sight. “The Bourne Supremacy” is lighter on action and heavier on intrigue than it’s predecessor, causing it to be predictable and stereotypical at times, but it has it’s moments. Worthy of mentioning are the scenes involving Ward Abbott, played by Brian Cox, as the bad guy with no moral compass, that everyone loves to hate. One scene grimly portrays how evil he’s become, as he lures a supposed “friend” into situation that gives him the opportunity to dispense of him, a chilling scene.  There’s also an interesting subplot involving Russian espionage that was poorly flushed out, and thinly used. And yes, there is the proverbial car chase. The ending is surprisingly touching, as Jason Bourne forces himself to confront some ghosts from his violent past. One of the final scenes is especially haunting. Lacking the grittiness and originality of it’s predecessor, “The Bourne Identity”, this installment falls a little short, but it’s not bad for a sequel. “The Bourne Supremacy” still offers moments of exhilaration. Action movie fans should give it a try. FINAL SCORE: 82% Juicy Popcorn

Here is the trailer:

Cast:
Matt Damon- Jason Bourne
Franka Potente- Marie
Brian Cox- Ward Abbott
Joan Allen- Pamela Landy
Julia Stiles- Nicky Parsons

Directed By;
Paul Greengrass

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