The Bourne Supremacy
“The Bourne Supremacy” is the second in a series of spy thrillers based on novels by the late Robert Ludlum. In this episode, former CIA super-assassin Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), and his girlfriend from the first film, Marie (Franka Potente), are aroused from their obscure hiding place in India by a Russian spy (Karl Urban) sent to kill them. Frustrated by the CIA’s refusal to leave him alone, Bourne decides to take the battle back to their own front door. But when he finally comes out of hiding, Bourne finds himself at the center of an international conspiracy and the focus of a massive CIA manhunt. Accused of a crime he didn’t commit, Bourne sets his sights on clearing his name and ending the manhunt so he can go back into hiding. But his only hope to accomplish this objective is to find and expose the conspirators who framed him to protect themselves.
Most fans of “The Bourne Identity” will find that “The Bourne Supremacy” is not quite as good as the first film. Though “Supremacy” relies on many of the same action techniques that were successful for “Identity,” the writing is not as strong. In fact, the film seems choppy and anticlimactic at times, revealing too many plot secrets too early on and so killing the suspense. And without the necessary suspense, the movie seems slow in a few places. For better or worse, the film also glorifies violence and the lawless life of an assassin like Bourne.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Oliver Wood, the Director of Cinematography should be taken out and given 40 lashes with a wet noodle on this one. The photography is so choppy and disjointed, it is very distracting. Now, it could be the fault of film editor, Richard Pearson or Christopher Rouse, but whoever did it created a very hard to follow film. I have seen this in many other formats like Previews and television shows and I do not understand why they feel the need to go from one shot to the other in rapid fire sequence. But I for one do not like it at all. So if you are like me, you might want to consider that before putting down your hard earned money on this one.