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The Bourne Supremacy Review

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  • 4.0

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A conventionally heightened series of escapes and clashes and hide-and-seek gambits, yet the way the film has been made, nothing that happens seems inevitable -- which is to say, anything seems possible. There's a word for that sensation. It's called excitement.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Like its various post-Cold War European locations, the film remains chilly and distant. Every time you feel like you're finally grabbing hold of something involving, the picture once again spins frustratingly out of reach.

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  • 70

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Supremacy certainly works on its own terms, but those terms are limiting. It's an entertainment machine about a killing machine.

  • 88

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Taut, tightly paced and thrilling, with some of the best chase sequences -- whether by foot, taxi or Jeep -- in recent memory.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Close to perfect example of an expertly designed and executed thriller.

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OK for kids 14+

Second in trilogy is a smooth but violent thriller.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Bourne Supremacy, the second entry in the Matt Damon Bourne trilogy is filled with the same intense, dark, life-and-death struggles as the others. Gunfire, explosions, tense chases, bloody fights, narrow escapes, and disturbing flashbacks contribute to the steady suspense and action. Its fast pace and pulsing music keep the viewer on edge from beginning to end. The filmmakers keep the emotional stakes high as well, so there are some profoundly sad moments. There is occasional, mostly mild, cursing, and a brief scene shows a partially clothed pole dancer in a club.

  • Families can talk about how The Bourne Supremacy compares with the first film in the triolgy, The Bourne Identity. Is it as thrilling? 
  • Abbott says, "Conklin had these guys wound so tight they had to bust." What are the risks of training an operative like Bourne? Or of not having one?
  • Why did Bourne want to see Irena?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Good ultimately triumphs over evil, but not necessarily before leaving tragedy in its wake. Despite the enormity of sorrow and anger generated by his enemies, the hero's actions prove that a human being can stay true to his values even in the worst circumstances.  

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Jason Bourne has set very high standards for himself, so in spite of the violence inherent in his pursuit of the villains, he is honorable, fair, and in control. He's an admirable action hero: clever, courageous, moral, and unwavering in his quest for justice. Some members of government agencies (both U.S. and foreign) are portrayed as corrupt and ruthless; others are models of public service: devoted to duty, honesty, and fairness.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: The frequent hard-edged action results in multiple deaths: by gunfire, drowning, strangling, explosion, and savage hand-to-hand combat. The bloody aftermath of several of the deaths is clearly visible and disturbing. Likable characters are repeatedly at risk throughout, narrowly escaping assault rifles, knives, bombs, and deadly extended car chases/crashes. There's one suicide.

  • sex false0

    Sex: One revealing bikini top is seen, along with one brief shot of a pole dancer. 

  • language false3

    Language: Scattered swearing and harsh language: "crap," "hell," "damn," "for Christ's sake," son-of-a-bitch," "s--t," "a--hole," and one use of "f--k."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Westin Hotels, Bosch, Lays Potato Chips, and lots of Russian and German signage for shops, products, etc. 

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Alcoholic beverages are consumed in a few scenes: one in which the hero pretends to be drunk; another in which a character takes a strong drink just before he kills himself.