Movie Review: The Bourne Supremacy
Alternate Title: Bourne Again
Story: A CIA action in Berlin goes awry, an agent are killed, Jason Bourne is framed and the chase begins. That's pretty much all you need to know to enjoy this fast paced, action packed Robert Ludlum book as it comes to life by director Paul Greenglass (the wonderful Bloody Sunday) with a screenplay by Tony Gilroy (Proof of Life and Bourne Identity).
The action locations take us from Goa, India through to Naples, Berlin and Moscow. It is a nonstop chase movie that leaves one exhausted. I am sure the cast will need a couple of years to rest before the last of Ludlum's trilogy comes out (The Bourne Ultimatum).
The use of a hand held camera adds to the in your face urgency of some of the fight scenes. If you like action, this film is for you.
Acting: Matt Damon is a fine action hero. He is taut, intelligent, buff and believable. The supporting cast were all up to the task with special nods to Joan Allen as a CIA task force woman and Brian Cox who repeats his CIA role from the first film.
Predilection: I like Matt Damon and I enjoyed the first Bourne Identity (see my review from 2002).
Critters: If there were any critters the film moved too fast for me to spot.
Food: No time to eat when you are being chased across Europe.
Soundtrack: A noticeable absence of sound during the fight scenes. I liked that touch.
Opening Titles: A simple title sequence with flashes of memory cutting through.
Theater Audience: Surprisingly full for a Monday mid-afternoon showing. About 95% of the audience were men. I guess it is not a chick flick.
During the endless previews most of the audience were still engaged in chit chat. When the last preview began, the screen went black and Barbara Streisand's voice is heard singing 'Memories'. The crowd became silent. Soon flashes of clips from Meet the Parents are seen and a voice-over declares that all that is left to do is Meet the Fokkers. Cut to black and then you see Ben Stiller's parents come on to the screen. I think everyone thought it would be Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, but noooooooooo. And then a collective belly laugh was heard throughout the theater when you see who his parents are going to be in the sequel - Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Streisand! A great trailer, indeed.
Sappy Factor: 0
Squirm Scale: 0
Predictability Level: High
Oscar Worthy: No
Nit Picking: I enjoyed the car chase scenes but laughed and shook my head when the car chase scene began in India. I have been to India and I can't imagine those wonderfully crowded streets would ever be conducive for even walking fast no less a car chase. But, oh well.
Big Screen or Rental: Big screen for sure. For some other Matt Damon films: The Bourne Identity, Gerry, Ocean's 11, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Dogma, Saving Private Ryan, Good Will Hunting and School Ties.
Length: Under two hours.