The Bourne Supremacy (film)
|The Bourne Supremacy|
|Directed by||Paul Greengrass|
|Screenplay by||Tony Gilroy|
|Based on||The Bourne Supremacy|
by Robert Ludlum
|Music by||John Powell|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Countries||United States |
|Box office||$290.6 million|
The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 action-thriller film featuring Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne character. Although it takes the name of the second Bourne novel (1986), its plot is entirely different. The film was directed by Paul Greengrass from a screenplay by Tony Gilroy. It is the second installment in the Jason Bourne film series. It is preceded by The Bourne Identity (2002) and followed by The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Bourne Legacy (2012), and Jason Bourne (2016).
The Bourne Supremacy continues the story of Jason Bourne, a former CIA assassin suffering from psychogenic amnesia. Bourne is portrayed by Matt Damon. The film focuses on his attempt to learn more of his past as he is once more enveloped in a conspiracy involving the CIA and Operation Treadstone. The film also stars Brian Cox as Ward Abbott, Joan Allen as Pamela Landy and Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons.
Universal Pictures released the film to theaters in the United States on July 23, 2004, to positive reviews and commercial success, grossing $290 million on a $75 million budget.
In Berlin, a CIA agent working for Deputy Director Pamela Landy is paying $3 million to an unnamed Russian source for the Neski files, documents on the theft of $20 million seven years prior. The deal is interrupted by Kirill, a Russian Federal Security Service agent who works for oligarch Yuri Gretkov. He places two bombs on the power supply board of the building. One bomb detonates, cutting the electric supply while the other bomb fails to detonate, but has Bourne’s fingerprints to frame him for the attack; he then kills the agent and the source, steals the files and the money and leaves.
Gretkov directs Kirill to Goa to kill Bourne. Bourne, having spotted him at the marketplace, flees with Marie; Kirill follows and kills Marie, unaware that they switched seats during the chase. Landy, after getting operational clearance from CIA director Martin Marshall, learns about Jason Bourne, Alexander Conklin and Treadstone, the defunct program which Bourne belonged to. She later meets Ward Abbott, Alexander Conklin’s boss about Treadstone. Abbott admits that he had Conklin killed in Paris and had the operation shut down, but doesn’t know where Bourne is.
In a meeting held to discuss the theft of the files, Landy reveals that seven years previously, $20 million mysteriously disappeared during a wire transfer to the Federal Security Service; Vladimir Neski, a Russian reformist MP arrived and claimed that they had a leak and that they had been ripped by one of their own; they were negotiating a meet with him in Berlin when he was killed by his wife in a murder suicide. Landy believes that Conklin and Bourne were involved, as $760,000 was found in the former’s personal Swiss bank account.
Bourne leaves Goa and travels to Naples, where he allows himself to be identified by security. He subdues a Diplomatic Security agent and a Carabinieri guard and copies the SIM card from his cell phone. From the subsequent phone call, he learns about Landy and the frame job. Both Abbott and Landy leave to Berlin to capture Bourne on the behest of Marshall; they meet former Treadstone logistics technician Nicky Parsons in Amsterdam and question her about Bourne; they later take her to Berlin, as she was Bourne’s last contact and that she was with him the night Conklin died.
Bourne goes to Munich to visit Jarda, the only other remaining Treadstone operative. Jarda informs Bourne that Treadstone was shut down after Conklin's death, and attacks him; Bourne strangles Jarda to death, before destroying his home in a gas explosion as agents move in. Bourne follows Landy from the Westin Grand to the secret CIA substation in Berlin. Bourne believes the CIA is hunting him again and calls Landy from a nearby roof. He demands a meet-up with Nicky and indicates to Landy that he can see her in the office.
Bourne kidnaps Nicky in Alexanderplatz and learns from her that Abbott had been Conklin's boss. Bourne spares Nicky after she reveals she knows nothing about the mission. Bourne later goes to an internet cafe where he researches about Neski, his opposition to oil privatisation following the dissolvation of the Soviet Union and his subsequent murder in Berlin at Hotel Brecker.
Danny Zorn, Conklin's former assistant, finds inconsistencies with the report of Bourne's involvement with the death of the agent, and explains his theory to Abbott. Abbott kills Zorn to prevent him from informing Landy. Bourne goes to Hotel Brecker, where Neski stayed. He remembers more of his mission- he killed Neski on Conklin’s orders and when his wife showed up he killed her making it look like a murder suicide. Bourne is forced to flee when Berlin police arrive there after being tipped by the hotel lobby. Landy arrives to the room where Bourne came and realises that he murdered Neski and his wife. As she was investigating, she discovers the news of Zorn’s death from an agent, who orders her right hand agent Cronin to inform Abbott that she is coming to meet him at his suite.
Bourne travels to Moscow to find Neski's daughter, Irena. Kirill, tasked once again by Gretkov with killing Bourne, finds and wounds him. Bourne flees in a stolen taxi and Kirill chases him. Bourne forces Kirill's vehicle into a concrete divider, injuring Kirill and walks away, leaving a seriously wounded Kirill to die. Gretkov is arrested. Bourne locates Irena and confesses to murdering her parents, apologizing to her as he leaves.
Later in New York, Bourne calls Landy; she thanks him for the tape, reveals to him his original name, David Webb, and date of birth, and asks him to meet her. Bourne says, "Get some rest, Pam. You look tired."
- Matt Damon as Jason Bourne: An amnesiac and former assassin of the CIA's Operation Treadstone.
- Joan Allen as Pamela Landy: Deputy Director of the CIA and Task Force Chief, pursues Bourne after her operation goes badly.
- Brian Cox as Ward Abbott: CIA Section Chief, who was formerly in charge of Treadstone.
- Franka Potente as Marie Helena Kreutz: Bourne's girlfriend.
- Julia Stiles as Nicolette "Nicky" Parsons: A former logistics technician who is taken from her post-Treadstone assignment to assist in the search for Bourne.
- Karl Urban as Kirill: A Russian Federal Security Service agent and an expert assassin who is working for Gretkov.
- Karel Roden as Yuri Gretkov: Kirill's employer and the owner of Pekos oil company.
- Gabriel Mann as Danny Zorn: Formerly assigned to Treadstone headquarters, is now on Abbott's staff.
- Marton Csokas as Jarda: A Czech former Treadstone operative based out of Munich.
- Tomas Arana as Martin Marshall: CIA Director.
- Tom Gallop as Tom Cronin: Landy's right hand agent.
- Michelle Monaghan as Kim: Landy's number two agent.
- Oksana Akinshina as Irena Neski: Daughter of politician Vladimir Neski, whom Bourne killed.
There were no plans to make a sequel to The Bourne Identity (2002) when it was conceived. Matt Damon commented, "When The Bourne Identity came out I said, 'There is very little chance we will do a second film, just because nobody on the team who made the first wants to make another movie if it can't be as good as, or better than, the first one.'" According to producer Frank Marshall, the plot for the sequel was not only based on the novel The Bourne Supremacy but also on Bourne's threat in the first film to come after the CIA if it targeted him. Producer Paul L. Sandberg felt that screenwriter Tony Gilroy's deviating so much from the book was necessary "because so much of the world has changed" since 1986, when the sequel was first published. Marshall said that Gilroy thought of an idea that Bourne "would go on what amounts to the samurai's journey, this journey of atonement."
The producers replaced Doug Liman, who directed The Bourne Identity. This was mainly due to the difficulties Liman had with the studio when making the first film, and their unwillingness to work with him again. British director Paul Greengrass was selected to direct the film after the producers saw Bloody Sunday (2002), Greengrass' depiction of the Bloody Sunday shootings in Northern Ireland, at Gilroy's suggestion. Producer Patrick Crowley liked Greengrass' "sense of the camera as participatory viewer", a visual style Crowley thought would work well for The Bourne Supremacy. The film was shot in reverse order of its settings: some portions of the car chase and the film's ending were shot in Moscow, then most of the rest of the film was shot in and around Berlin, and the opening scenes in Goa, India were filmed last.
"Two weeks before [the film's] release, [Greengrass] got together with its star, Matt Damon, came up with a new ending and phoned the producers saying the new idea was way better. And it would cost $200,000 and involve pulling Damon from the set of Ocean's Twelve for a re-shoot. Reluctantly the producers agreed—the movie tested 10 points higher with the new ending".
The Bourne Supremacy brought in over $52,521,865 on its opening weekend, putting it at No. 1 for the weekend box office (July 23–25, 2004). The film went to gross over $176,241,941 (61.1%) in North America, with the international release being $112,258,276 (38.9%) resulting in a complete total of $288,500,217 worldwide.
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On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 82% based on 197 reviews, with an average rating of 7.20/10. The site's critics consensus called the film: "A well-made sequel that delivers the thrills." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 73 out of 100 based on 39 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 3 out of 4, and wrote: "That the director, Paul Greengrass, treats the material with gravity and uses good actors in well-written supporting roles elevates the movie above its genre, but not quite out of it."
At the 2005 Taurus World Stunt Awards, veteran Russian stunt coordinator Viktor Ivanov and Scottish stunt driver Gillie McKenzie won the "Best Vehicle" award for their driving in the Moscow car chase scene. Dan Bradley, the film's second unit director won the overall award for stunt coordinator. The film ranks 454th on Empire magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.
|2005||ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards||ASCAP Award||Top Box Office Films||John Powell||Won|
|2005||Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, USA||Saturn Award||Best Actor||Matt Damon||Nominated|
|2005||Broadcast Film Critics Association||Critics Choice Award||Best Popular Movie||Nominated|
|2005||Cinema Audio Society Awards||C.A.S. Award||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures||Nominated|
|2005||Edgar Allan Poe Awards||Edgar||Best Motion Picture Screenplay||Nominated|
|2005||Empire Awards, UK||Empire Award||Best Actor||Matt Damon and Best Film||Won|
|2005||Empire Awards, UK||Empire Award||Best British Director of the Year||Paul Greengrass||Nominated|
|2005||London Critics Circle Film Awards||ALFS Award||Best British Director||Paul Greengrass||Nominated|
|2005||London Critics Circle Film Awards||ALFS Award||Scene of the Year||The Moscow Car Chase Sequence||Nominated|
|2005||MTV Movie Award||MTV Movie Award||Best Action Sequence||The Moscow Car Chase||Nominated|
|2005||MTV Movie Award||MTV Movie Award||Best Male Performance||Matt Damon||Nominated|
|2005||Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA||Golden Reel Award||Best Sound Editing in Domestic Features – Dialogue & ADR and Best Sound Editing in Domestic Features - Sound Effects and Foley||Nominated|
|2005||People's Choice Awards, USA||People's Choice Award||Favorite Movie Drama||Nominated|
|2005||Teen Choice Award||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Actor: Action||Matt Damon||Nominated|
|2005||Teen Choice Award||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie: Action||Nominated|
|2005||USC Scripter Award||USC Scripter Award||Tony Gilroy (Screenwriter) and Robert Ludlum (Author)||Nominated|
|2005||World Soundtrack Award||World Soundtrack Award||Best Original Soundtrack of the Year — John Powell and Soundtrack Composer of the Year — John Powell||Nominated|
|2005||World Stunt Awards||Taurus Award||Best Stunt Coordinator or 2nd Unit Director||Dan Bradley||Won|
|2005||World Stunt Awards||Taurus Award||Best Work with a Vehicle||Viktor Ivanov, Gillie McKenzie||Won|
|2005||World Stunt Awards||Taurus Award||Best Fight||Darrin Prescott and Chris O'Hara||Nominated|
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