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The Bourne Supremacy

Released

Latest Home Video

May 06, 2014

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

108

Director

Paul Greengrass

Cast

Matt Damon

Franka Potente

Julia Stiles

Studio

2004 Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Still shot from the movie: The Bourne Supremacy.

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Overall B-
ViolenceD+
SexA-
LanguageC-
Drugs/AlcoholC+
Run Time108

Making the Grades

With the exception of a few bad dreams, black-ops agent Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) has finally settled into a more regular life in Goa, India. Yet Bourne hasn't relaxed to the point where he doesn't notice a man tailing him and his girlfriend Marie (Franka Potente). By the time the morning passes, he's back on the run-both to save his life as well as to try and complete his forgotten past.

As he works his way across Europe, the audience is treated to a mosaic of locations and scenery, while the hero dodges CIA agents who may or may not be on his side. Only the screenwriters know for sure, as even confident, takeover agent Pamela Landy can't keep control of Bourne or figure out what went wrong with the original operation. Making matters worse is the belligerent attitude of Ward Abbott (Brian Cox), who resents Landy being put in place as his superior.

But the center of this story is nearly always on Bourne. That keeps us on the edge of our seats wondering how he will escape the never-ending onslaught of police, security teams, and agents who are pursuing him. Thankfully, this script is adept at avoiding the tedium of watching one guy being chased for two hours. By having him turn the tables on his aggressors from time to time, Bourne jumps from defense to offense, making the actor's characterization of a dangerous human weapon very believable.

Yet these high-octane confrontations may prevent The Bourne Supremacy from fitting into the approved lists of summer movies for your teens (it's definitely not for younger children). A couple of scenes feature brutal hand-to-hand confrontations that become deadly when a knife is pulled, and two intense car chases result in numerous crashes with uninvolved drivers. Bloodied faces and a suicidal shot to the head (seen for a split second) are additional content concerns, as is a single use of the sexual expletive in a script that is otherwise low in profanities.

Refreshingly, this film has no sexual content, other than the assumption that Jason and Marie (who is seen in a bikini top) are unmarried and living together. Like other recent action films, it appears creators are trading off sex in favor of more explicit violence in an effort to pump up the testosterone and still stay within the PG-13 rating.

But what pushed this film into our just barely recommended viewing territory is its strong message about deciding who and what you will become, even if everyone else tells you otherwise. Learning of his history as a hired assassin, Bourne's loss of memory leaves him susceptible to believing comments from others, who say he will always be a killer. The struggle within himself to come to terms with his past and take control of what he wants for his future makes this second Bourne a more worthwhile choice than his former outing.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The Bourne Supremacy.

This well-crafted film’s dark and dangerous illusions are magnified through the use of long lenses, handheld camera moves (which left a few audience members complaining of motion sickness) and peering through foreground obstacles-all of which add to the credible simulation of spying on our protagonist. If you have a video camera in your home, encourage your children (with your supervision) to experiment with these techniques. Can you turn some houseplants and a family pet into a jungle safari?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence, Coarse Languge
AB 14A
MB 14A Violence
ON PG Mature Theme, Not Recommended for Children, Violence
QC 13+
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of The Bourne Supremacy...

Home Video Notes: The Bourne Supremacy ( Steelbook)

Release Date: 6 May 2014

The Bourne Supremacy re-releases to home video (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL with UltraViolet) in a Steelbook edition (meaning packaged in a steel case), with the following bonus materials:

Digital Copy of The Bourne Supremacy

Includes UltraViolet

U-Control: The Bourne Dossier

U-Control: Bourne Orientation

U-Control: Picture in Picture

Feature Commentary with Director Paul Greengrass

Explosive Deleted Scenes

Matching Identities: Casting

Keeping It Real

Blowing Things Up

On The Move with Jason Bourne

Bourne to be Wild: Fight Training

Crash Cam: Racing Through the Streets of Moscow

The Go-Mobile Revs Up the Action

Anatomy of a Scene: The Explosive Bridge Chase Scene

Scoring with John Powell

The Bourne Mastermind

The Bourne Diagnosis

BD-Live: Ultimate Download Center

BD-Live: Ultimate My Scenes Sharing

BD-Live: Ultimate My Chat

BD-Live: Ultimate My Bourne Supremacy Commentary

BD-Live: Ultimate Bourne Card Battle Strategy Game

Cast and Filmmakers

DVD Release Date: 11 December 2007

The movie is also available as part of The Jason Bourne Collection, which packages together the entire franchise (The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum).

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