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   THE BOURNE SUPREMACY (2004) 

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CAST
Matt Damon
Brian Cox
Joan Allen
Franke Potente
Julia Stiles
Karl Urban
Gabriel Mann
Marton Csokas
Tomas Arana

DIRECTED BY
Paul Greenglass

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DVD



Soundtrack




Time: 108 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama/Action/Thriller


SYNOPSIS: When a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents is blown by a rival agent, Bourne is blamed for the job and flushed out of hiding. Bourne, who promised retaliation should anyone from his former life attempt contact, is forced to once again take up his life as a trained assassin to survive.

BOTTOM LINE: Being a fan of the fast-paced, frenetic style of the first film I was looking forward to revisiting the life of Jason Bourne. The trouble with this next chapter, is that we never find out anything new about him. His past is still a mystery to him, which in this case, leaves him vulnerable for attack and blame. He has no idea why he's been targeted for elimination, but he doesn't wait around to find out – especially once his enemies take away the only thing he was living for.

While the film has good pace and outstandingly inventive action sequences, who's behind the plot blaming Bourne is fairly obvious from the get go. Since we learn very little about our "hero" – he still has amnesia – that leaves the story even thinner. Sure, it's kind of fun watching him kick-ass all over the world, but there's no heart or personality to latch onto and no real reason behind the chaos except for him to stay alive.

Damon is again thoroughly believable and likable for a trained killer and he makes you feel for his plight, which is the main reason I stuck with the film. Allen has the role of CIA badass, which she almost pulls off but seems to lose heart halfway through, mostly because she has very little to do. Her presence brings weight to the character but not much else. Cox again plays the mastermind/asshole of the piece and though you hate him that's nothing new. Stiles has her screentime bumped up, but is still of little use.

There's no doubt that action fans will really like this film, especially the final chase sequence which you have to see to believe. It's clear way more time was spent developing his escapes than the reasons he needed to. Those looking for a complex thriller are bound to be disappointed, however, there are worse movies than this to waste your time watching.



"It's not a mistake. They don't make mistakes. They don't do random. There's always an objective. Always a target."

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