I haven’t seen The Bourne Identity since it came out two years ago. I really enjoyed the film, but had forgotten some of the smaller details of the plot. So when I went to see The Bourne Supremacy tonight with Matt, I was pretty sure I’d be lost at some point along the way. Thankfully, I was wrong.
The first twenty minutes or so of the film are a bit shaky, thanks to the fast cutting and constantly jittery camera movements. But as the film progresses, things become clearer. Jason Bourne (Matt Damon), a former sleeper assassin (who had amnesia) for a covert CIA project called “Treadstone” (which was terminated) has been set up – and now the CIA is after him. Who is setting him up, and why, is the purpose of the film.
This movie has some great action setpieces, as well as some tight dramatic tension. It’s certainly not the best of films when it comes to “heavy acting”, but at least you can understand the emotional drive that propells the characters forward. It also has one of the best car chases I’ve seen on film. Period.
The chase through the streets of Moscow culminates in a heart-pounding sequence in a tunnel – aided in no small part by John Powell’s adrenalize-pumping strings and percussion based score. The press audience broke out into cheers and applause when it was over – certainly a favorable sign!
If you enjoyed the first film, I would urge you to check this one out. With Paul Greengrass (Bloody Sunday) at the helm, it makes for a rather tight production. I never did get the first film on DVD, and now I’ll simply wait for the inevitable two-pack version and get them both.