THE BOURNE DOUBLE-TAKE BREAKDOWN REVIEW: “The Bourne Supremacy” stars Matt Damon (Interstellar, Good Will Hunting), Franka Potente (Run Lola Run, The Bridge [TV series]), Joan Allen (Face/Off, Death Race), Brian Cox (RED, Troy), Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You, Blue [TV series]), Karl Urban (Dredd, Star Trek ), Gabriel Mann (Revenge [TV series], The Life of David Gale), and Karel Roden (Hellboy, RocknRolla). It is directed by Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, United 93). Jason Bourne (Damon) is back, but not by his choice. Two years after the events of the first film, he has been living a peaceful life in hiding with Marie (Potente). It all comes to an end however when he is accused of a recent crime he didn’t commit, sending him on the run once again, but this time from the CIA. Having to use his skills from the Treadstone project, Jason has to elude the CIA while trying to find the real culprit of the crime. All the while he must decipher fragments of a lost memory that is constantly coming up in his head which pertains to his first mission with Treadstone.
When it comes to a film’s sequel, it is hard to beat the original. Rarely does a sequel outdo its predecessor, with only few that I saw do that (look at my Man with No Name marathon as evidence). “The Bourne Supremacy” doesn’t top “The Bourne Identity”, but it is a really good movie for a sequel. The plot delves deeper into Jason’s past, or at least a little bit of it, and how it has come back to haunt him. It sounds like the first movie, but it does have its own unique ideas. One thing I found with this movie is that it is more grittier, especially Jason Bourne. Under a new director, the character seems different than what he acted like in the first one, which is both a pro and a con. Since I am not at the cons section of this review yet, I will explain what I mean later. This film keeps quite a bit of aspects of the first, one being the variety of locations. I mentioned in “The Bourne Identity” review how much I loved the beautiful scenery, and it keeps that in this film, which I enjoy. The cinematography of this film is something new, however. This whole movie is filmed in a shaky camera style. Yes, shaky cam is awful in quite a bit of movies, making the viewer confused as to what is going on. But most of this movie was performed nicely with it. It gave it a sense of tension and realism that I always enjoy. The acting has gotten better, with much stronger performances out of the supporting cast. Matt Damon still doesn’t miss a beat with his character, being the realist out of the bunch. Karl Urban also plays a good role, even though it is small. Because the action scenes are also part pro and part con, I will head straight into the issues of this film. The first would be Jason Bourne. I mentioned before how this is both a good thing and a bad thing. The bad part of it is how Jason has seemed to have changed in character. He is no longer panicky or sincere of what he does, but rather cold and lethal. You also don’t really get to know him more than one flashback, which also doesn’t take you anywhere when it comes to getting to know the character more. At times it is hard to even root for him because he himself isn’t the best of heroes. And that is what brings me to the pro part: it is realistic. Too many protagonists in movies are the perfect people who everyone wants to be and are easy to be on their side. If you take a walk outside on the streets, you notice that no one is perfect, and Jason Bourne is the “perfect” example of that. It was hard to take in at first, but I realized this halfway through. The next con, which is again half con and half pro, is the action scenes. The great part of the action scenes is the car chase. It was way better than “The Bourne Identity”‘s car chase (something similar again), giving better shots and more epicness in the cinematography. But other than the car chase, the action scenes in this film can be confusing. Mainly because of the shaky cam I talked about earlier. With that and the fast cuts, it can be disorienting, with me not being able to tell what the heck is going on most of the time, like when Jason talked with another assassin like him in a house. The scene was too fast for my taste. Finally, the last con (all con) I have with this movie is how there are quite a bit of decisions in writing to nitpick. One that comes to mind is how Marie doesn’t have a German accent. She did in the first movie and although it’s been a two year time jump, she should still have something of an accent (I mean, how long has Arnold Schwarzenegger been living here?). Another would be how Jason pointed out someone looking for him in the beginning. I don’t know how he figured out someone was looking for him and I hoped they would explain, but all I got was Jason saying this: “He looked out of place.” I mean, come on guys, I know he is trained, but “out of place” amongst several bystanders that look sketchy? I’m not buying it. Just like how I didn’t buy it when Jason didn’t kill someone towards the end of the film because Marie wouldn’t like it (yep, that was his reason), only after he killed someone early on in the movie. Now with that little rant out of the way, onto the big picture: Overall, this movie is a great sequel and offers more of a gritty edge than its predecessor, which I found the most interesting. It is entertaining throughout, even with its issues, and I definitely recommend anyone to try it! FINAL SCORE: 89%= Juicy Popcorn
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