The Bourne Supremacy (Greengrass, 2004)

In this second film of the Bourne Series, director Paul Greengrass abandons Doug Liman’s seamless, glossy approach for a kinetic, often distracting hand held camera style. But it’s not just the shaky angles or countless cuts which end up making The Bourne Supremacy a drastic downgrade from the first film and a tired effort on it’s own. The main problem with Greengrass’ revenge story revolves around Bourne’s evolution, or lack thereof, as a character. The beauty of the first film rests in trying to understand Bourne’s plight as he’s discovering it himself, through the blurs and shadows of amnesia. Now, some two years later in the story, Bourne’s simplistic motives (his woman is killed, must strike back!) lend very little to his overall arc as a character. Only in one of the final scenes, when Bourne approaches the daughter of his first kill, does Matt Damon and in turn the character begin to surprise and enthrall. What The Bourne Supremacy lacks in character, it makes up for with impressive action sequences, specifically the last car chase through Moscow. But in the grand scheme of things, this film leaves a cold impression, snake bitten by a safe, sometimes boring stasis in character, ultimately a huge disappointment considering the conflicted assassin at the helm.

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