12 certificateThe Bourne Supremacy is a Film programme that first aired in 2004 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

The Bourne Supremacy is a 5 star programme

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The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Directed by
Paul Greengrass

This 2004 spy-thriller, based on the Robert Ludlum books, is a sequel to The Bourne Identity. Matt Damon reprises his role as Jason Bourne, who's forced to take up his former life as a trained assassin when a CIA operation to purchase classified Russian documents goes wrong.

Director Paul Greengrass, who replaced Doug Liman at the helm, faced a difficult task in continuing a franchise that had not only delivered huge box-office receipts, but had also received unanimous critical acclaim and had re-invigorated the dying spy-thriller genre. Despite the huge expectations and pressure to deliver, Greengrass (and returning writer Tony Gilroy) managed to achieve the nigh-impossible task of making a sequel that's better than its predecessor.

The now trademark shaky, handheld camera style that has underpinned the Bourne movies is in full force, with Greengrass upping the stakes as the fight scenes become even more brutal. The action sequences are vastly improved from the first instalment, a vicious fight scene - in which Bourne takes out a rival assassin with a rolled-up magazine - and a havoc-filled car chase through the streets of Moscow being the two stand-out highlights.

The casting continues to be another strong asset, with Joan Allen as the CIA officer trying to apprehend Bourne and Karl Urban as the Russian hitman trying to eliminate him, both giving good performances. But it's Damon who steals the show as he continues to grow into the Bourne role with increasing ease and believability.

Overall an excellent sequel that manages to both top its predecessor and set the scene brilliantly for its successor The Bourne Ultimatum. Highly recommended.

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 2004

5/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Matt DamonMatt Damon...Jason Bourne
Franka Potente...Marie
Image for Brian CoxBrian Cox...Ward Abbott
Image for Julia StilesJulia Stiles...Nicky
Image for Karl UrbanKarl Urban...Kirill
Gabriel Mann...Danny Zorn
Image for Joan AllenJoan Allen...Pamela Landy
Marton Csokas...Jarda
Tom Gallop...Tom Cronin
John Bedford Lloyd...Teddy
Ethan Sandler...Kurt
Image for Michelle MonaghanMichelle Monaghan...Kim
Karel Roden...Gretkov
Tomas Arana...Martin Marshall
Oksana Akinshina...Irena Neski