Matt Damon, Franka Potente, ...

(The Bourne Supremacy: Jasin Boland)


The Bourne Supremacy

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Action/Adventure; Starring: Matt Damon, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Franka Potente, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban; Director: Paul Greengrass; Author: Tony Gilroy; Release Date Wide: 07/23/2004; Runtime (in minutes): 108; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Universal

I’m not a big car-chase guy. They never do anything to advance the story, and the end result is always so predictable that I usually just don’t see the point. That said, the Bourne Supremacy car chase through the streets of Moscow is pretty bitchin’. Using quick cuts, handheld cameras, and a crazy contraption known as the Go Mobile, director Paul Greengrass puts you right there in the car with the characters. Like I said, bitchin’.

Only Greengrass doesn’t limit this intimate, shaky-cam style to the automobiles. It’s present throughout the film. It gives Supremacy a sense of claustrophobia and tension, as if the world is closing in on amnesiac ex-agent Jason Bourne. Of course, it can also make you sick to your stomach. And there’s nary a break to help you recover. This is straight-up action all the way, especially with Bourne’s girlfriend (Run Lola Run ‘s Franka Potente) biting it early on, eliminating the need for any sort of distracting love story. And that means those who suffer from motion sickness should probably pop plenty of Dramamine before viewing.

With so much combat in so many countries (India, Italy, Germany, Russia) all packed in, it’s a bit disappointing there isn’t more meat on the extras. Sure, there are plenty of your standard featurettes on how they blew up a building or choreographed a fight scene, but the collection of ”explosive deleted scenes” (including Damon walking into a cabin, buying a vehicle, and my personal favorite — ”Bourne in car, writing in book”) is decidedly unexplosive. Not even the shakiest of cameras can liven those up.

Originally posted December 7 2004 — 12:00 AM EST

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