Reviewed by: Evan D. Baltz
|Better than Average
|Action Spy Thriller Romance Sequel
|1 hr. 45 min.
|Year of Release:
July 23, 2004
|Matt Damon, Joan Allen, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Tomas Arana
|Frank Marshall, Paul L Sandberg, Patrick Crowley
“They should have left him alone.”
What were you doing at the Hotel Brecher in Berlin? Don’t know? Can’t remember? Neither can Jason Bourne. But something happened there. At least he thinks so, because his dreams are filled with vague remembrances. But, are the dreams reality?
Life is often tough and difficult for Jason Bourne (Matt Damon — “Ocean’s 11”), the once CIA black-ops hit man. On the run and in hiding for two years since the end of “The Bourne Identity” (2002), we catch up with the title character from the Robert Ludlum novels living in India with his girlfriend Marie (German actress Franka Potente—Run Lola Run). He has spent many days taking notes and trying to remember who he really is and how he came to be a CIA hit man. Thoughts and notes quickly turn to action, as Bourne is drawn back into the spy world by men trying to frame him.
The secret CIA program “Treadstone” is still attempting to clean up its mess from the first movie. But again, Jason Bourne is always one step ahead. The movie takes us to India, Italy, Russia, and Germany. The focus becomes Berlin as Bourne attempts to out spy the CIA for his own self-preservation and sanity.
Damon is masterful in this second installment. He plays Bourne as dead serious and realistically skilled. The movie feels real. There are many frantic car chases and action sequences, along with several shaky-cam fight scenes. The violence is more implied than graphic in most cases. There are only three uses of mildly objectionable words, one occurs in an English subtitle for Russian. There is no nudity.
The supporting cast is also quite serious and steady. Julia Stiles (Mona Lisa Smile) reprises her role as Nicky, as does the talented Brian Cox (Troy) as Ward Abbott. Joan Allen (“The Notebook”) is new to the franchise and plays CIA team leader Pamela Landy, tasked with catching up to Bourne. But true to the first film, all is not as it seems.
Will Bourne recall his past in time to make a difference? His memory seems to be his only weakness. I’ll leave the surprises for you to discover, but I won’t be surprised at all if we have one or perhaps many more Bourne adventures. As for this one, it reigns Supreme.
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: None