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 The Bourne Supremacy
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   31st August, 2004
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Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox
Director: Paul Greengrass

James Bond just got his behind whopped! Because Jason Bourne is a harder-boiled spy with a meaner inclination even if his wardrobe doesn't quite match up (in our contemporary times, important point factor for chicks). "The Bourne Supremacy affords us an action hero who feels real and has real problems. In fact the catchword seems to be realism director Paul Greengrass ("Bloody Sunday") stamps his indie sensibilities all over the production be it in the form of jerky hand-held cinematography or the insertion of disquieting moments when characters quietly reflect the consequences of their actions.

"The Bourne Supremacy" wastes little time with exposition so it might be an idea to acquaint yourself with its predecessor "The Bourne Identity," a wonderful introduction to the rogue spy thriller directed by Doug Liman (he only serves as executive producer for the sequel). The 2002 film set the mood and tone for Jason Bourne's world of covert ops and frequent betrayals. "Supremacy" opens in Goa, India where amnesiac Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and his girlfriend Marie (Franka Potente) live in hiding, hundreds of miles away from harm. But trouble soon catches up when a Russian mobster frames Bourne for the murder of two CIA agents. Things go to hell when Bourne suffers an invaluable loss and must now re-piece his fractured memory to uncover a truth that may or may not shock you.

Allow me to confess that I enjoyed "Supremacy" immensely. Why wouldn't anyone? It's a very well-made film crafted with taste and intelligence. When Bourne hurts his leg from a fall he limps till the last frame. Now, how often does that happen in a conventional genre flick? There is another sequence when Bourne is detained to an interrogation room; the few seconds of silence before the violence erupts is so effectively done that could you almost slice the tension with your ticket stub. But the "Supremacy" falters in its third act. A high-speed car chase is not only unnecessarily long but also badly choreographed. Director Greengrass' trademark jittery camera proves capable of enduring scenes of intimacy - even brawls - but there's something indecent about squandering the opportunity to capture the wide-angle cinematic elegance of man, rage and machine.

But I feel silly complaining. "Supremacy" has so much going for it that these gripes eventually move into the background. It concludes with a genuinely moving scene where Bourne decides to confront the atrocities of his past. Here lies the film's greatest triumph the power of love; and the honour in forgiveness. - Adnan Khan

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