Bourne Supremacy, The (Ws)

Directed by Paul Greengrass
Starring Franka Potente, Matt Damon

Universal Studios Home Video | March 24, 2009 | DVD

Bourne Supremacy, The (Ws) is rated 3.25 out of 5 by 4.
They should have left him alone. Academy Award winner Matt Damon is back as expert assassin Jason Bourne in the stunning, non-stop action hit. Fuelled by awesome fight scenes and some of the most breathtaking chase sequences ever filmed, it’s a state-of-the-art espionage thriller that explodes into action and never lets up!

Video Release: March 24, 2009

Runtime: 108

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192499326

Found in: General, General, Mystery / Suspense

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Should have used a "Steady Cam" This sequel to "The Bourne Identity," had much less psychological tension. This time it's just chasing, fist fighting, and shooting. Most things that made "Identity" refreshing -- the wit, the incongruity, the uncertainty, the novelty of its premise -- are gone in " Supremacy." That isn't bad, but it is disappointing for anyone who remembers what made the first movie so enjoyable. Greengrass, who directed this sequel, couples his approach with two acute mistakes in strategy: He consistently forgets to clue the audience in on basic information, such as who is shooting at whom, and why. And he films every action scene as though doing a behind-the-camera interpretive dance based on Don Knotts' classic performance in "The Shakiest Gun in the West." That said, "The Bourne Supremacy" is still definitely entertaining. More interestingly, it's a testament to Damon and what his physical presence somehow just conveys. The title, "Supremacy," promises something it doesn't deliver, something further suggested by the advertising tagline, "They should have left him alone." The title suggests a reversal of the first movie, with Bourne, in possession of himself and the facts, mounting an offensive against the people who've victimized him. But the movie is really a muddle. Bourne is improvising, getting shot at here, strangling somebody there. He has no system. There's really no villain, unless you count some nameless Russian assassin or poor Abbott, who is too much of a nervous wreck to inspire an audience's bloodlust. This whole spectacle of confusion could have been made into something with some ironic distance. But the only distance Greengrass creates is that which comes of bad technique: wobbly images, and blurred fragments. And we're in no position to appreciate the irony of the situation if we have no idea what's going on.
Date published: 2009-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bourne is the new Bond With the makers of Bond making Casino Royale just like the Bourne Identity, it shows how much of the Bourne series is rubbing off on other directors. This movie is just as good as the Identity. Matt Damon again gives a great performance, and new diretor Paul Greegrass is a good addition, though I wish he would leave the camra still. Great movie, and great sequel.
Date published: 2009-04-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Moves the story along I did not really enjoy this one as much as the first one. There was not much in the way of acting or drama in this movie. The moments of drama and character development were always under developed. The writer/director could have expanded these scenes to give us more insight into the characters' feelings and motivations, but instead these elements are treated as asides to the action. Most of the screen time is devoted to running, shooting, driving, crashing, and fighting. They had contrived some pretty cool scenes of action, however, they destroyed them by introducing artificial camera movement and shake so that you can never quite see what is going on. The effect was like trying to watch the movie on a hand held TV while driving down a rutted gravel road. The movie is short, clocking in at only 1h45m. An extra 15 minutes devoted to the development of character would have been greatly appreciated. Why hire a great actor like Damon, and then not use his talents? [SPOILER!!!]: . . . . . . . . . One of the charming and engaging parts of the first movie in the series was the interplay between Bourne and Marie. Her death at the beginning of this movie removes that element. While providing a motivation for Bourne, much of the suspense and character interplay that made the first movie so successful was not here at all. In the end, this movie just moves the story along and sets us up for the Bourne Ultimatum.
Date published: 2008-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bourne Delivers Again! Much more exciting than the burned out Bond movies, Robert Ludlum's Bourne is a superior, modern take on espionage. The Bourne Supremacy works hard on character development and weaving believeable action--well worth buying this DVD. Also recommend The Bourne Identity. Can't wait for Ultimatum in theatres!
Date published: 2006-06-18

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Bourne Supremacy, The (Ws)

Directed by Paul Greengrass
Starring Franka Potente, Matt Damon

Video Release: March 24, 2009

Runtime: 108

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192499326


Edition Description
  • Color
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in French, Spanish

Notes

THEATRICAL RELEASE: JULY 23, 2004