Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Better when understood.
Man, those middle sequels are always interesting, aren’t they? When a trilogy is viewed as one big story, the second film is often not nearly as important as the first and third film. The same can be said for The Bourne Supremacy, but the story on its own isn’t half bad…if you can follow it. The first time I saw this film, it honestly fell into the radar of…unimportant overall. I wasn’t the biggest fan. The first and third films were insanely good, while this was always so-so. The thing is, the second film is usually just as important, or else there wouldn’t ever be a third, so you got to keep that in mind. This is probably the second time I’ve seen this sequel, maybe third, and now that I’ve really paid close attention, I really understood the story better…and I liked it. Didn’t love it, but it fits with the others overall. That’s something I wouldn’t have said before.
When I first saw the film, I’ll admit I was with the other viewers complaining that it didn’t make complete sense. I knew there was still a lot of action and Bourne was once again heading up against Treadstone, but beyond that…I was lost at the why. My best guess was that Marie was killed and he was out for vengeance. While that is true, it goes much deeper than that. Basically, Bourne is set up with murder, and he has to clear his name. He first thinks it was Treadstone, but he soon learns Treadstone shut down years ago. So then, it’s just a race to find out who gave the orders to set him up and ultimately kill him.
Do I think that most of the film is necessary? In a way, yes, but there are some things here and there that I almost feel are filler. That’s almost a given though, because it is the middle film. We’re getting told one big story, and the only way to get to the heart of it is to get through this film. What’s so great about this film, though, is that it has its own unique story that works solely for this film while attempting to further the overall arc. The whole setting Bourne up thing was unique to Supremacy, as was Pamela Landy’s investigation to Bourne’s innocence. They established some important factors for the series in this film that shouldn’t be ignored. I won’t go through each one, because that would just spoil everyone, but just trust me when I say that they are there.
Matt Damon is still great in the role, obviously, and the fact that he is still working out and doing all of his own stunts is always something special. Doing your own stunts is just another way to reel in an audience and make the film feel special, so well done, Matt. I just think that overall, the film does fit storywise, but it doesn’t feel as complete as the first film. The first movie set a certain tone wrapped in a level of mystery that is hard to come by. Supremacy still had a complete story, and it had some good mystery as well, but it just didn’t click in the same way that the first did.
Overall, I think you can blame most of the faults on the fact that it’s just the middle man in a trilogy. I don’t know if anyone was expecting it to be as good as the first, because that’s almost always impossible. So for what it was, it was still pretty entertaining with a great story.
Once you watch the film over again and look for clues, you will definitely understand the story better, and when you understand it better, you’ll enjoy it more. It has a very complete and unique plot along with furthering the series arc. Overall…it’s entertaining.
It just doesn’t have the same feel as The Bourne Identity. There was something special about the first that maintained great story, action, and mystery that it just continues being interesting. Supremacy does well, it just doesn’t match how the first made you feel.
Jason Bourne: Get some rest, Pam. You look tired.