ACTION ALL THE WAY IN NAILBITING SEQUEL
September 01, 2004
NAILBITING action, a decent script and a quality performance from Matt Damon raise this well above the level of your run-of-the-mill cat and mouse yarn.
It is always a bit of a concern if you go to watch a sequel without having seen the first film, in this case Bourne Identity, especially when you are going to watch a convoluted thriller about the murky world of espionage.
With hindsight I’m not sure if I’d have been able to follow the story if the friend I went to see it with hadn’t explained the previous story, but it still left me on the edge of my seat all the way through.
Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is forced back into his original line of work as an assassin after being framed for a botched CIA job years before.
With Bourne and his girlfriend in hiding at a remote village in the depths of India, he keeps having flashbacks to his ‘other world’ as a CIA agent.
Although I couldn’t work out why he was having flashbacks (was it stress, did he have his memory erased or a near-death experience?), with all the high-speed action it didn’t really matter.
As the story goes on it turns out that Bourne was framed for the botched CIA job by those on the inside of America’s top intelligence agency and as if they haven’t done enough damage already they want to frame him for another job involving a Russian president.
But head honchos at the CIA, who are unaware it is an inside job, are convinced Bourne is responsible and launch a full-scale mission to get their man.
All Bourne knows about it is that he’s being chased and shot at for a crime he didn’t commit and has every reason to be paranoid.
Some stories tend to drag on and leave you squirming in your seat, wishing you’d saved your popcorn instead of munching it during the credits, just to give you something to do.
But Bourne Supremacy was one of the best films I have seen in a long time.
The film boast some brilliant chase scenes with great smashes, explosions and guns blazing in all directions with Bourne managing to outsmart his pursuers after some very close shaves.