The Bourne Supremacy picks up two years later where the Bourne
Identity left off. Jason and Marie are living somewhat happily off
the grid in a small cottage on the beaches of Goa, India. Jason
is plagued by the fragmented memories of his past and a weary but
loving Marie is trying to help him through it.
Mean while in Berlin, Germany, the CIA is about to close a deal
with a mole who claims to have information about $20 million in
missing CIA funds that disappeared during a wire transfer through
Moscow seven years ago. The deal goes bad when an assassin kills
an agent, the mole and steals the files. Luckily a fingerprint is
left behind at the scene.
The assassin, Kirill is a member of Russian secret police, and
is doing free-lance work for one of the richest men in Russia is
sent to Goa to kill Jason Bourne. Unfortunately it is Marie who
is killed and Jason is left for dead. Jason finds that he must go
back on the grid to find out why Treadstone (he thinks) sent someone
to kill him.
Matt Damon (Jason Bourne) and Karl Urban (Kirill) do an excellent
job conveying emotions to the audience without much dialog. Much
is said with their eyes during their final showdown during the car
chase through Moscow. Like the previous Bourne installment, Damon
spent countless hours working out and in training. And it shows.
Damon's golden tan, chiseled body and piercing blue eyes earn this
Film an 'A' in eye candy. Sorry boys, unlike the Bond movies there
is no gratuitous use of scantily-clad women.
There are several returning characters in the sequel. All three
now have larger roles and their character's are better developed.
Scottish actor Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity, Troy, The Ring, and
Braveheart) plays Ward Abbott who is the former head of touchstone.
In the Bourne Identity he did little else but yell at Conklin and
look all menacing and conspiracy like. His character now takes on
a central role, and we learn more about the shady history of Touchstone.
Julia Stiles (10 Things I Hate About You, Mona Lisa Smile) is back
as Nicky. Nicky has matured and is brought to aid the taskforce
in catching Bourne. Gabriel Mann (The Life of David Gale) is back
as the unfortunate Agent Danny Zorn. Like Nicky and Abbott, we learn
more about his significance in Touchstone and become better acquainted
with his character.
Joan Allen (Face Off, Pleasantville) brings a 'cool, cerebral intelligence'
to the role of Agent Landy. Agent Landy is a deputy director of
the CIA who is trying to track down the CIA's missing $20 million,
which put ser in pursuit of Bourne. At first it seems her character
is merely a replacement of Agent Conklin, but character proves not
to be the relentless pursuer but rather a motivated woman who thinks
before she acts. I would not be surprised if Agent Landy resurfaces
in the third installment of the Bourne Series, The Bourne Ultimatum.
The sequel spends a lot of time with character development that
is spliced with face paced action scenes. One of the goals Director
Greengrass had for the film was to get the audience as emotionally
close to Bourne as possible. To understand him. Bourne is dark character
who is struggling to not only find out who he was but how to deal
with his past actions. The most touching moment of the film is when
Bourne does the only thing that a person with blood on their hands
can do (when they still care about self preservation), apologize
and let those that he hurt know the truth.
The praise for The Bourne Supremacy for its slick action scene
is well deserved. The fight scene between Bourne and one other surviving
touchstone agent is choreographed to perfection. Greengrass's style
gives the scene the essence of the fight and the attention to detail
makes this dance of killer above average. The small things, the
examples of improvision, such as Bourne's use of a rolled up magazine,
remain true to Bourne's character. This style of faced paced action
that maintains a fine attention to detail is consistent throughout
the film. The final car chase, filmed on the streets of Moscow is
further proof of that.
Jason Bourne - Matt Damon
Franka Potente - Marie
Brain Cox - Ward Abbott
Julia Stiles - Nicky
Karl Urban - Kirill
Gabriel Mann - Danny Zorn
Joan Allen - Agent Pamela Landy
"Its' what you are Jason, a killer." - Ward Abbott
"They don't make mistakes. They don't do random. There is always
an objective. Always a target." - Nicky
"When what you love, gets taken from you, you wanna know the truth."