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The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

PG-13 | | Action, Mystery, Thriller | 23 July 2004 (USA)
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When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive.

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Paul Greengrass

Writers:

Robert Ludlum (novel), Tony Gilroy (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... Jason Bourne
Franka Potente ... Marie
Brian Cox ... Ward Abbott
Julia Stiles ... Nicky
Karl Urban ... Kirill
Gabriel Mann ... Danny Zorn
Joan Allen ... Pamela Landy
Marton Csokas ... Jarda
Tom Gallop ... Tom Cronin
John Bedford Lloyd ... Teddy
Ethan Sandler ... Kurt
Michelle Monaghan ... Kim
Karel Roden ... Gretkov
Tomas Arana ... Martin Marshall
Oksana Akinshina ... Irena Neski
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Storyline

After escaping from the emotional and physical pain he previously encountered. Jason Bourne and his girlfriend Marie begin a new life as far away as possible. But when an assassination attempt on Bourne goes horribly wrong, Bourne must re-enter the life he wanted to leave behind, in order to find out the truth why they are still after him. Written by Film_Fan

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Sie nahmen ihm seine Identität. Jetzt will er sie zurück. (They took away his identity. Now he wants it back.) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and intense action, and for brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Russian | German | Italian

Release Date:

23 July 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bourne Supremacy See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,521,865, 25 July 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$176,241,941, 23 December 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$288,500,217, 23 December 2004
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the house in Munich, when Jason Bourne uses the rolled newspaper as a weapon, the martial art he performs is derived from Escrima, an old Philippine martial art, also called Arnis or Kali. This fighting style mainly uses sticks to fight, and in modern times the use of everyday objects is taught, including ball pens (as seen in The Bourne Identity (2002)) and rolled up newspapers. In the film it is combined with Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune Do. See more »

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The clerk at the reception of the Hotel Brecker addresses Bourne in English at once, although she can't instantly know that he is American. In the previous scenes Bourne addressed each person who answered the telephone in German and they answered in German, however in this scene he clearly states "Pamela Landy, please". From this, the operator is likely to have instantly determined the conversation would be in English. See more »

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[first lines]
Conklin: [voiceover - memories] This is not a drill, soldier. We clear on that? This is a live project. You are go. Training is over. Training is over.
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The NBC TV network version does the usual time and content edits. The most obvious change is Abbott's suicide being shown off-screen with a cut to outside the building and the gunshot sound and audio of Pamela Landy's shock being heard, all contrary to the theatrical version which showed it in more intense detail. See more »

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Performed by Moby
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Greengrass takes the series to a whole new level
2 September 2016 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

When we left Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) at the end of the previous film, The Bourne Identity (2002), he had managed to out-think and out- fight the CIA operatives gunning for his head, and had seemingly found a happy ending for himself in Goa, India with his girlfriend Marie (Franka Potente). But the laws of franchise film-making mean that the shady types hunting him down the last time still want him dead to tie off any loose ends, and Bourne must again use his CIA- trained super-soldier skills to escape anything coming his way. Dumping director Doug Liman turned out to be the wisest choice the producers made. No disrespect to Liman - Identity was a well-made film - but the hiring of Brit Paul Greengrass took the series to a whole new level.

Jason Bourne is still trying to piece together his memories - which appear to him in dreams Manchurian Candidate style - keeping a scrapbook in the hope of unravelling the mystery. One day he notices a man who looks oddly out of place, and Bourne's suspicions turn out to be justified as the man, played by Karl Urban, quickly tries to kill him, accidentally shooting Marie in the crossfire and leaving Bourne once again on the run and trying to figure out the plot against him. As we learn in the opening scene of the film, Bourne has been framed by some Russians for killing CIA agents during an operation overlooked by Deputy Director Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) to obtain some important documents on one of Bourne's previous kills.

The film takes Bourne to Naples, Munich and Moscow, but what makes this series superior to the continent-hopping of James Bond and his quest to bed every woman he comes across is Bourne's skill-set, as well as the gravitas Matt Damon brings to the role. Whether or not he will survive the encounter was never in question (especially with the knowledge that this is part of a book series by Robert Ludlum focusing on the character), but what makes it so thrilling is the way he dodges every bullet fired at him and dispatches every brooding assassin sent to get him. By keeping the action once again grounded, the fight scenes are brutal and messy (Bourne even convincingly beats someone up with a rolled-up magazine). Greengrass brings his famous shaky-cam to the proceedings, and although it occasionally induces sea-sickness, it transports you right in the middle of the fight.

Away from the action, a group of suits similar the ones in the previous film employ every spy trick in their power to track and take down their target, while trying to decipher Bourne's actions and motivations. It's incredibly similar to the plot of Identity, and in many ways to the next film, The Bourne Ultimatum, but you'll find it difficult to care that you're essentially watching the same film again when the action is this good. Greengrass also brings a dramatic edge that Liman failed to infuse into his film, with Bourne seeking out the daughter of a married couple he executed while still working for Treadstone in the hope of seeking forgiveness for his actions. That's not to say that Bourne spends the majority of the film pouting and brooding - the film is too fast-paced to stop and catch its breath for too long - but Damon does some great understated work here, and this is the main attraction, at least to me, of the trilogy.


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