Sunday, July 24, 2016

Movie Review: The Bourne Supremacy

Picking up two years after the original, The Bourne Supremacy is an action-packed sequel. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and Marie (Franka Potente) are living a simple life working a flower shop/scooter rental and running on the beach. Bourne still can't get over bad memories of a murder he once committed. Meanwhile, Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) investigates the leads of this Berlin murder, but others are set on covering it up. 

The past is not over and the evidence of Treadstone is not as covered up as the Defense Department bigwigs like Ward Abbott (Brian Cox). He can feel his plans unraveling and Bourne is the loose end he wants to tie up. Employing an oil man Gretkov (Karel Roden), who then hires the stone-cold killer Kirill (Karl Urban). 

A tragic killing makes Bourne jump back in the game and seek out his personal vendetta. He runs across another assassin Jarda (Martin Csokas) and a cool knife fight ensues. The operative Nicky (Julia Stiles) also returns to dish on Bourne and the Treadstone operation. She pops up in one scene that will be a signature part of the series where he blends in with protests and dodges surveillance.

The action scenes in this film are a lot more stunning than in the previous one with Pual Greengrass at the helm. Greengrass is one of my favorite directors with his unique handheld camera shots and filming the explosive car chase from within the car. The car chase through the streets of Moscow near the end is one of the coolest car chases in a film and has some spectacular stunts. Greengrass will return for two more installments including the one set to come out next weekend. 

It's clear that Bourne could never fully escape the life he once lived and no matter how hard he tries, he'll always be on the run. This installment takes the series to a whole new level but also distinguishes this spy thriller from others. The exotic locations, handheld combat, and car chases are established as signature Bourne components and this film raises the game. 

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