Monday, 15 August 2016

The Bourne Supremacy Review (Updated)

The Bourne Supremacy 

Release Date: 26th August 2004 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Ludlum Entertainment, Inc (in association with)
Motion Picture THETA Produktionsgesellschaft (in association with)
Hypnotic (uncredited)

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Action
Rating: M

Runtime: 108 minutes

Budget: $75,000,000

Box Office Gross: $288,500,217

Plot Summary
When Jason Bourne is
framed for a botched
CIA operation he is
forced to take up his
former life as a trained
assassin to survive.

Matt Damon - Jason Bourne
Franka Potente - Maria Helena
Julia Stiles - Nicky Parsons
Karl Urban - Krill
Brian Cox - Ward Abbott
Gabriel Mann - Zorn
Martin Csokas - Jarda
Joan Allen - Pamela Landy
Tom Gallop - Tom Cronin
John Bedford Lloyd - Teddy
Ethan Sandler - Kurt
Michelle Monaghan - Kim
Karel Roden - Gretkov
Tomas Arana - Martin Marshall
Oksana Akinshina - Irena Neski
Jevgeni Sitochin - Mr. Neski
Marina Weis-Burgaslieva - Mrs. Neski
Sean Smith - Vic
Maxim Kovalevski - Ivan

Director - Paul Greengrass
Based on Novel "The Bourne Supremacy" - Robert Ludlum
Writer - Tony Gilroy
Executive Producers - Doug Liman, Henry Morrison and Jeffrey M. Weiner
Producers - Patrick Crowley,
Frank Marshall and Paul
Co-Producer - Andrew R. Tennenbaum
Production Designer - Dominic Watkins
Costume Designer - Dinah Collin
Director of Photography - Oliver Wood
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Dan Bradley
Fight Stunt Coordinator - Jeff Imada
Special Effects Supervisor - Uli Nefzer
Special Effects Supervisor: Underwater Unit - David Payne
Visual Effects Supervisor - Pablo Helman
Film Editors - Richard Pearson and Christopher Rouse
Music - John Powell
Writer/Producer/Singer: Extreme Ways - Moby

Due to the release of JASON BOURNE, I decided to have a marathon of BOURNE films which I began with THE BOURNE IDENTITY (click here). The second instalment of the action series THE BOURNE SUPREMACY was a bit of a step-down from the original. There were a few problems with this movie, firstly the slow pacing of which there's a lot of political nonsense happening at the Pentagon. The camera work was shaky in some scenes particularly where Bourne uses the Jeet Kune Do fighting style against the hitman and finally, my last compliant about is the movie was that the plot seemed recycled from the first movie as it copied scenes such as the car chase, the fight with the assassin and story being again that he is on the run with a girl while the CIA are hunting him down. Just seems too much like deja vu. The direction of Paul Greengrass wasn't bad, he was taking guidance from the previous director Doug Liman who is the film's executive producer. It still prides itself as an action thriller with sequences that are very comparable to the first film.

Matt Damon is still the lead actor to portray this significant character who is yet to discover his true identity while the CIA is on to him. Karl Urban is noticeably recognisable in this movie as the assassin who is sent to kill Bourne. Probably the biggest moment in the movie was the Moscow car chase climax which has the biggest adrenaline rush that is definitely the best scene of SUPREMACY for me.

This was a fine movie to see which I rather enjoyed and think it is a worthy addition to the library of espionage spy thrillers. To reiterate my only concerns were that it seemed to be the rehash of the first and the pacing was sluggish. But this should not prevent you from watching this as it has much to offer.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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