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The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

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The
Bourne
Supremacy
 
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Screenwriter: Tony Gilroy
Starring: Matt Damon, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles

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 AKA
"The Spy Who Flustered Me"

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SUMMARY:
 
Two Years ago, Jason Bourne walked away from a life that he once lead. After losing his memory in a gunfight, the espionage assassin for the CIA had nothing but questions. Now, he is determined to leave that life behind for a quiet existance in the tropics with his wife, Maria. Yet the CIA has different plans..
 
Upon the assassination of two agents and the remnants that frame Bourne as the killer, the CIA has him on the top of their hit list. When tragedy strikes Bourne, he has no choice but to go after those who would do him in. Haunted by a dream he's had for a week now, he is determined to find out more of his past and make it right, while fighting off his would be killers. Bourne now finds himself in a conspiracy of betrayal and danger that he had never imagined could exist, but he must decide whether he is to remain the killer he was, or the good man he is trying to be.

POSTIVE ELEMENTS:
 
  • Bourne continually tries to search for the good in himself, despite others claims that he can never change who he was.
  • Every human life in this film is sacred, and when it is lost, justice is sought out.
  • The onscreen violence is not as brutal as it could have been, and there is only one sexual inclusion with a brief glimpse inside a night club, which lasts for about three or four seconds.

NEGATIVE ELEMENTS:

  • The violence in this movie may be tasteful most of the time, but is unwilling to let up and a few shots of blood are seen.
  • The language is another problem, while it may be on occassion, it still justifies a PG-13.
  • Much of the emotion in this movie is traumatic, and unsuitable for younger audiences.

CONSENSUS:

If you like a good action flick that has a brain and don't want to settle for the supreme machoism and gory action hits that have invaded the cinema, Bourne Supremacy is for you. It is a great alternative to James Bond, and has some deep moral issues. However, the language is disappointing at times, and the violence is relentless. After a certain car chase, which is brilliant, you may feel a bit frazzled. All in all, if you weren't a fan of the first movie, don't grab your passport. Bourne Supremacy is exactly like the first, for it is all based off a series of novels (the next being Ultimatum). If you like good action and a slight moral foundation, though, accept this mission.