Geoff T (AWAY RIGHT NOW)’s review published on Letterboxd:
Geoff T's Bourne Marathon #2
The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
The second of the Bourne franchise has Paul Greengrass taking over as director, the result being a surprisingly solid sequel to a film that already ended on a high note.
Set a few years after Identity, The Bourne Supremacy follows Jason Bourne now residing in India with Marie, as he continues to experience flashbacks of his experiences as an assassin for the CIA. After being framed for a deadly ambush on CIA agents (with the disappearance of documents on a $20 million money theft 7 years prior) and the accidental killing of Marie, Jason sets off to get revenge and clear his name once and for all.
The storyline remains as deep as ever, looking more into Bourne's past and his involvement in Operation Treadstone, as well as the introduction of some new characters such as CIA director Pamela Landy (brilliantly played by Joan Allen). Much like it's predecessor, there is heavy use of interesting locations such as Naples and Moscow, and the returning cast members such as Damon and Brian Cox deliver.
Like Liman, Greengrass directs the various action scenes with plenty of impact and professionalism, though he noticeably puts much more emphasis on skakey-cam. Usually, I am not a fan of this style of camerawork, but here I'd say it's fitting with the film's relentless and fast-paced nature, though it's easy to see why it would be a turn-off for alot of people. Regardless, it did little to divert from the excitement from the fight and chase scenes.
For all it's intents, Supremacy is an spy action-thriller that delivers. Fine pacing and a solid revenge-focused storyline probably this one my favourite of the series.