The Bourne Supremacy

release year: 2004
genre: action/adventure
viewing setting: home DVD, 7/11/10 and 11/21/05

synopsis: After his last run-in with the spy world, former assassin Jason Bourne is living a peaceful existence in a foreign country...until someone comes gunning for him.

impressions: This had a lot of the same elements that made the first one so good: the hero's always thinking a couple steps ahead of everyone else, and has a variety of skills at his disposal. The plot was a little weaker this time, focusing more on revenge and cover-ups as opposed to an initial explanation and getting-to-know for the character. Still, this was solid as far as fighting, action, and chases.

things to watch for: The car chase in Berlin.

something this movie has that no other movie has: a fight between a handcuffed man with a knife and an unarmed man with a rolled-up newspaper

acting: Matt Damon does a good job again; he's efficient and dangerous, yet there's a more vulnerable human side to him. Brian Cox is the bad guy here, and he generally looks evil. Joan Allen is the agent in charge of hunting down Bourne, who may be in deeper than she knows.

final word: Good sequel.

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