When Jason Bourne is framed for a botched CIA operation, he is
forced out of hiding and pursues the new agents sent to bring him in.
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Directed by Paul Greengrass
Written by Tony Gilroy
Starring Matt Damon, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, Karl Urban, Julia Stiles, Karel Roden, Franka Potente, Gabriel Mann, Marton Csokas
Sequel to 2002's The Bourne Identity
Based on the novel by Robert Ludlum
The Bourne Supremacy is everything I expected from the first film and then some. Despite its ongoing connections and secrets throughout the franchise, this second installment still works as a standalone film, complete with a compelling narrative and a cool villain. Clearly this series needed the direction of Paul Greengrass because once he showed up, the Bourne franchise went from an interesting action flick to a well-oiled machine. This film brings to light new revelations about Jason Bourne's true identity and introduces us to the puppet masters behind Treadstone, the CIA operation responsible for creating Bourne.
It was a smart decision to give Brian Cox a bigger role in the sequel, as he plays a fantastic villain in Ward Abbott, a corrupt CIA official. His character helps make Joan Allen's CIA freshman Pamela Landy more likable and together, they both excel at being foils for Bourne. Matt Damon definitely ups his game as well, showing a revenge-fueled Jason Bourne who takes the game into his own hands. All together, the cast is stellar and the script is excellent.
I highly enjoyed The Bourne Supremacy. It built on the world of Jason Bourne and gave audiences another look into his secretive past. Whatever was missing from the first one that kept it from being great is certainly not missing from the second one. It works as its own film and as a sequel, which is a difficult feat to accomplish. It's one of the better spy thrillers out there and definitely worth watching.