The Bourne Supremacy

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(2004) ★★★★

ITV1: Saturday 15 August, 9pm

In 2007, Matt Damon and Sandra Bullock were both in the Top 10 for Hollywood’s best investments, stars who gave the highest box office returns for salary, offering twice the value of higher paid A-listers such as Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks. Sandra’s since bagged an Oscar (albeit for The Blind Side, not Gravity), while the underrated Damon’s continued to plot his own course, appearing in movies big (Elysium, Interstellar) and small (Promised Land, Zero Theorem). Some memorable films have been set in the iconic Cold War city of Berlin, before and after the Wall: Billy Wilder’s One Two Three, The Quiller Memorandum, Downfall, The Lives of Others, Run Lola Run… Under the typically nimble direction of Paul Greengrass, The Bourne Supremacy shows the shiny new city to vibrant advantage, so much so that an Exhibition Grounds building doubles as a customs office in Naples. But it’s back in Berlin that Damon’s amnesiac black-ops agent is framed for a botched operation. A man on a mission, he’s up against a system that’s rotten to the core. CIA troubleshooter Joan Allen looks bemused at Bourne’s erratic progress across India and Europe. “It’s not a mistake,” points out unreliable colleague Brian Cox. “He doesn’t do random.” The performances are excellent in an exciting thriller punched up by Greengrass. He places the camera right in amidst the action, a tactic especially effective in the demolition derby on the rain-slicked streets of Moscow. The whole picture is shot with stealth and edited with sleight of hand. It marks out Jason Bourne as some kind of magician. And he’s no mug – in evading the Berlin police, he knows the one thing he can rely on is the train timetable. They run on time in Germany.

Certificate: 12

Duration: 108min

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