The Bourne Supremacy (film)


The Bourne Supremacy (film)

Infobox Film
name =The Bourne Supremacy



producer = Patrick Crowley
Frank Marshall
Paul L. Sandberg
Doug Liman
writer = Screenplay:
Tony Gilroy
Brian Helgeland
"(uncredited)"
Novel:
Robert Ludlum
starring = Matt Damon
Franka Potente
Brian Cox
Julia Stiles
Karl Urban
Gabriel Mann
Joan Allen
director = Paul Greengrass
editing = Christopher Rouse
Rick Pearson
cinematography = Oliver Wood
distributor = Universal Pictures
released = July 23, 2004
runtime = 108 min.
language = English, Russian, German, Italian
preceded_by = "The Bourne Identity"
followed_by = "The Bourne Ultimatum"
imdb_id = 0372183
music = John Powell
awards =
budget = $75 million
gross = $288,500,217

"The Bourne Supremacy" is a 2004 spy mystery thriller film loosely based on the Robert Ludlum novel of the same name. The film was directed by Paul Greengrass, written by Tony Gilroy and Brian Helgeland [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0372183/ The Bourne Supremacy (2004) ] ] and produced by Doug Liman and Frank Marshall. Universal Studios released the film to theaters in the United States on July 23, 2004 and it received a positive critical and public reaction similar to its predecessor, "The Bourne Identity". The film is followed by a 2007 sequel entitled "The Bourne Ultimatum".

"The Bourne Supremacy" continues the story of Jason Bourne, an amnesiac and former CIA assassin played by Matt Damon, and his attempt to learn more of his shadowy past as he is once more enveloped in a conspiracy surrounding the CIA and Operation Treadstone. The film also stars Franka Potente as Marie Helena Kreutz, Brian Cox as Ward Abbott, Joan Allen as Pamela Landy and Julia Stiles as Nicolette Parsons.

It substantially deviates from its source material as Alexander Conklin is now dead and the CIA is Bourne's enemy rather than his friend (the plot actually incorporates aspects of the Bourne novel "The Bourne Legacy" written by Eric Van Lustbader as well). In addition, the book's narrative takes place in Hong Kong with Marie getting kidnapped so Bourne will accept a mission.

Plot

Two years after the events in "The Bourne Identity", Bourne and his girlfriend, Marie Kreutz, are living in Goa, India. Bourne is having flashbacks of an assassination in a Berlin hotel. Meanwhile, in Berlin, a CIA officer under Deputy Director Pamela Landy is trading $3 million for the complete "Neski Files," documents concerning the theft of $20 million from the CIA, seven years earlier. They are to complete the exchange in an office building in Berlin. During the exchange, an assassin named Kirill plants Jason Bourne's fingerprint on a bomb in the building's basement and proceeds to kill the agent and the source, stealing the files and money. He sells them to Russian oil magnate Yuri Gretkov.

Kirill travels to Goa in order to kill Bourne, but Bourne spots him and flees with Marie. Just as Bourne and Marie are driving away, Kirill, armed with a sniper rifle, fires at the driver whom he believes to be Bourne but is in fact Marie, killing her and causing the car to veer off the bridge into a river. Kirill leaves, believing that he killed Bourne, but he manages to swim away undetected. Bourne leaves for Naples, Italy, with money and passports in an attempt to learn why he is again being targeted, believing that Treadstone is pursuing him.

In Berlin, Landy's team finds the planted fingerprint and, upon running it through the database, finds that the identity of the person in question was part of Treadstone and information regarding it is restricted by the CIA. Landy then flies to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia to meet with her boss and to find out about Treadstone and who left the print. She discovers that they belong to Bourne and questions Ward Abbott about Treadstone. He admits that he had Conklin killed after a failed mission, but has no idea where Bourne is. Landy tells Abbott that the CIA agent who stole the $20 million was named in the stolen files. A Russian politician, Vladimir Neski, was due to identify the thief. Before he could do so, however, Neski was apparently murdered by his wife in a Berlin hotel, who then committed suicide afterwards. Landy believes that Bourne and Conklin were involved in the theft, and, based on the discovered fingerprint, that Bourne was responsible for the deaths of the CIA officer and source in Berlin. Both Abbott and Landy go to Berlin, hoping to find some trace of Bourne and capture him.

Arriving in Naples, Italy, Bourne deliberately uses a known passport under his name. Agents in Langley are notified of Bourne's arrival, and he is detained. He incapacitates an Italian Carabinieri officer and his CIA interrogator, copies the agent's SIM card on his own cell phone, then escapes. Bourne listens in on a call from Landy, learning her name, phone number, and that he is suspected of the recent killings in Berlin. He steals a car and heads to Germany. In Munich, he breaks into another Treadstone agent's house. Upon arrival, the agent, Jarda, tells him Treadstone was shut down following Conklin's death; he and Bourne are the only remnants of the project. As Bourne realizes Jarda has called in backup, Jarda attacks, the two struggle, and Bourne kills Jarda. Bourne sets a trap by opening a gas line and jamming a magazine into a toaster; the home explodes when backup arrives.

In Amsterdam, Landy and Abbott intercept and debrief Nicky Parsons, Treadstone's handler in Paris. Bourne follows them from a hotel to a CIA office in Berlin. Armed with a sniper rifle from a neighboring roof, Bourne calls Landy's phone, questioning her intentions. She tells him it is because he killed two people in Berlin. Although Landy is referring to the agents, he thinks she is referring to Neski and his wife. Bourne arranges to meet Nicky at the Alexanderplatz, where he uses a crowded anti-capitalist protest to evade surveillance. He leads Nicky to the subway station and interrogates her, learning that Abbott was the head of Treadstone, not Conklin. Bourne's flashbacks of Neski's assassination at the Brecker Hotel return, but Nicky knows nothing about the Neski killing. Upon hearing their conversation over Nicky's transmitter, Landy begins to believe that Bourne is being framed. To the surprise of Landy and Abbott, Bourne lets Nicky go unharmed. Back at the office, Abbott's associate Danny Zorn becomes positive Bourne is being framed after examining the basement where the bomb with Bourne's fingerprint was found. After revealing his belief to Abbott, Abbott stabs him, revealing his involvement in the conspiracy.

Bourne revisits the Brecker Hotel in Berlin and remembers more of the Neski mission. He was sent to kill Neski on Conklin's orders; and when Neski's wife unexpectedly showed up, he shot him and then her, positioning the scene to appear a murder-suicide. The German police arrive after the hotel's lobby report Bourne as wanted, which interrupts Bourne's flashback and forces him to escape via the building's exterior. Having evaded them, Bourne breaks into Abbott's hotel room and records a conversation between him and Gretkov that incriminates Abbott and Gretkov in the theft of the money. Abbott also confesses that he ordered Bourne killed (Marie was not the intended target), Neski's murder by Bourne, the murder of the agents by Kirill, and the planted fingerprint at the scene. Out of respect for Marie's beliefs in non-violence, Bourne spares Abbott's life. Zorn's body is discovered at the office and Landy, realizing Abbott killed him, goes to confront Abbott, who commits suicide. Landy later receives the tape Bourne recorded.

Bourne travels to Moscow, where he is shot and wounded by Kirill. After an extended high-speed chase through Moscow, Bourne forces Kirill to crash in a tunnel, which kills him. Gretkov is arrested by Russian police after Landy provides them with the evidence she got from Bourne. Bourne proceeds to the apartment of Irena Neski, Vladimir Neski's daughter, where he informs her that her mother did not kill her father and then commit suicide; Bourne had killed them both on a mission gone wrong, and he apologizes.

The final scene jumps to New York City, in a scene that was reshot for and featured about 2/3rds into the The Bourne Ultimatum in a completely different context and relaying different information within the same dialog and acting. Bourne contacts Landy by cell phone, asking why the CIA is still looking for him. Landy then thanks Bourne for supplying the tape, which the CIA has used to settle matters concerning his frame-up. Before Bourne hangs up, Landy reveals to Bourne that his real name is David Webb and that he was born on "4/15/71". When she suggests that Bourne come in to discuss the matter, Bourne declines by simply stating, "Get some rest, Pam; you look tired." Bourne fades into a New York City crowd just before the credits roll.

Cast

*Matt Damon as Jason Bourne: an amnesiac and former assassin of the CIA's Operation Treadstone.
*Joan Allen as Pamela Landy: a CIA Deputy Director and Task Force Chief, pursues Bourne after her operation goes badly.
*Brian Cox as Ward Abbott: a CIA Deputy Director formerly in charge of Treadstone.
*Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons: formerly Bourne's Treadstone contact, she is taken from her post-Treadstone assignment to assist in the search for Bourne.
*Karl Urban as Kirill: a Russian secret service agent and an expert assassin who is working for Gretkov.
*Karel Roden as Gretkov: Kirill's employer.
*Franka Potente as Marie Helena Kreutz: Bourne's girlfriend.
*Gabriel Mann as Danny Zorn: formerly assigned to Treadstone headquarters, is now on Abbott's staff.
*Tomas Arana as Martin Marshall: CIA Director.
*Tom Gallop as Tom Cronin: Landy's righthand agent.
*Michelle Monaghan as Kim: Landy's number two agent.
*Oksana Akinshina as Irena Neski: daughter of politician Vladimir Neski, whom Bourne killed.
*Marton Csokas as Jarda: the last surviving member of Operation Treadstone.

Reaction

"The Bourne Supremacy" grossed $288,500,217.cite web | work=boxofficemojo.com | title=The Bourne Supremacy | url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=bournesupremacy.htm | accessdate=2007-08-06] Reviews on Internet critic sites suggest an overall positive disposition towards the film, though the film was criticized for its shaky camera work, which has made various action scenes difficult to see, [ [http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000580119] ] an often criticized stylistic choice which carries on with " The Bourne Ultimatum". [cite web|last=Corliss|first=Richard| url=http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1649187,00.html|title=The Bourne Ultimatum": A Macho Fantasy|publisher=TIME|date=2007-08-02|accessdate=2007-08-12] However, some reviewers have said this gives "a gritty, realistic feel". [ [http://www.wafflemovies.com/bournesupremacy.html WaffleMovies.com - The Bourne Supremacy ] ] Despite these shortcomings, Rotten Tomatoes scores the film at 82 percent. [cite web | url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/bourne_supremacy/ | title=The Bourne Supremacy | publisher=Rotten Tomatoes | accessdate=2007-08-06] At the 2005 Taurus World Stunt Awards, veteran Russian stunt coordinator Viktor Ivanov won the "Best Vehicle" award for his driving in the Moscow car chase scene. Dan Bradley, the film's second unit director won the overall award for stunt coordinator. [ [http://www.taurusworldstuntawards.com/index.php?cmd=cmdNewsDetail&id=7&PHPSESSID=1c20dc8e092ca90424eadfe31f330981 2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards] ]

The DVD contains an alternate ending for the film. It has Bourne collapsing in the Moscow park after confessing to Neski's daughter, waking up in a hospital, and being told his real name by Landy, before he escapes.

Awards

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References

External links

* [http://www.thebournesupremacy.com/ Official site]
*imdb title|id=0372183|title=The Bourne Supremacy
*rotten-tomatoes|id=bourne_supremacy|title=The Bourne Supremacy

Box Office Leaders USA
before = I, Robot
year = 2004
date = July 25
after = The Village


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