In The Bourne Identity,
Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), suffering from amnesia, gradually uncovered his identity as a
trained killer from an obscure section of the CIA. In the end, he disappeared—ready to
start a new life—warning the CIA not to come looking for him.
Bourne Supremacy picks up a few years after the first film left off. Jason is living
in Goa with his girlfriend, Marie (Franka Potente), and, little by little, he’s trying to
remember more of the life he’s forgotten. But when he’s framed for a CIA mission gone
wrong—and someone arrives in Goa to find him and kill him—he’s forced out of hiding to
try to clear his name.
Unlike Brian (see his review of The
Bourne Identity), I didn’t read Robert Ludlum’s novels (see Tony’s review) before
seeing the movies, so I’ve been free to enjoy them for what they are—intense action films
with clever plot lines and plenty of car chases. And I’ve enjoyed both the original and
the sequel. I’ll admit, however, that I didn’t actually see all of this
high-speed sequel. I heard all of it, but I just didn’t see all of
it—because I had my eyes closed. That doesn’t mean that it’s such a
brutal/gory/terrifying film that I didn’t want to see it. It just means that the
camerawork is so shaky that it made me sick. I’ve always had a bit of a weak
stomach—especially when it comes to long road trips and home videos—and there was some
really jerky action in this movie. I realize that it’s relatively fitting the kind of
action, so I’ll just leave it at this: if you tend to have problems with motion sickness,
you might want to take some Dramamine before watching this movie.
sickness aside, though, The Bourne Supremacy is a pretty impressive sequel. While
the plot tends to get a bit complex and confusing at times (“Hold on…so this guy’s
working for that guy who was secretly working with that other guy…”), the action is
intense and skillfully crafted. Damon once again does an excellent job in the role,
though that’s not necessarily a challenge—since Jason Bourne is one of those characters
that you just can’t help but love.
If you love smart action movies, you’ll
enjoy The Bourne Supremacy—just be sure to keep the Dramamine handy.