The Bourne Supremacy

The Bourne Supremacy picks up a year after The Bourne Identity ends, but you don't have to see the first to understand the sequel.

Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon, has physically recovered from the ordeal that caused his amnesia and forced him into hiding. However, he still suffers mental turmoil from half-remembered events he's struggling to understand. Forgotten by his agency masters, events in Germany bring Bourne back into the espionage game and force him to make good on his promise: To bring the fight back to the pursuers.

This is an excellent sequel. So many times the sequel's main character is liked as he or she is, so a story arc that allows the character to grow or change is very difficult. In the Bourne Supremacy we see Jason Bourne develop in a way that both rings true to the character and keeps us interested.

The writer(s) made some tough story choices that give Bourne credible motivation to fully get back into the game. Also to their credit, just when you think the story line is about to follow a cliché it takes a turn. Refreshingly, most of the characters in this story are smart. I also liked that incidental characters weren't just there to look busy or get killed, some of them actually figured stuff out.

We also get some excellent action sequences.

Everyone in this movie turned in a good performance. Of particular note are Joan Allen as Pamela Landy, CIA leader; Brian Cox, former head of Bourne's assassination squad; Karl Urban as a Russian agent; and Matt Damon as Bourne. Director Paul Greengrass did an excellent job of taking this talent and making a very enjoyable movie.

The only thing I didn't enjoy in this movie were some of the "shaky-cam" sequences. Some movies have used this to good effect, it didn't work for me in this one.

The Bourne Supremacy isn't sophisticated drama but it's more than just a action flick. Definitely worth watching at full price.

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