Movie Title: The Bourne Supremacy
Director: Paul Greengrass
Release Date: July 23rd, 2004
Date Seen: A while ago, again on July 24th, 2012
Part 1 – Spoiler Free Quickie Review
This movie is what I would like to call a book-movie. So, I’ve never read the book, I’ll admit. But it has the feeling of something that the plot wasn’t severely changed from the book to movie format. I mean this because the whole movie feels like a book – all the detailed complicated plot that is really hard to transfer over without completely rechanging everything. Now don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great movie. But I feel like you HAVE to have seen The Bourne Identity to get what is going on at all. You can’t just pick it up and watch it without being completely confused. Kind of like a “Girl Who Played with Fire” movie. You would have a hard time knowing all the relationships in that book or movie if you hadn’t read or seen “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. Yeah, you’ll get some of it, but not all of it. So that’s what I mean.
It’s still a great movie and I highly recommend it – because the whole series is very well done and makes you wonder the whole movie what is really going on. You just have to see “The Bourne Identity” first.
Part 2 – In Depth Spoiler Ridden Review/Synopsis
The movie opens in India, to Jason (Matt Damon) having some nightmares that appear to be flashes from his past. Marie (Franka Potente) is there as well, in bed, indicating that they are still together. Marie wants him to write down what he sees in his nightmares – so that eventually he’ll remember something good. He says he does – her. D’awwwww.
In Berlin we see a team of CIA agents working on a trade that will reveal who stole a large sum of money many years ago. The trade is $3 million for the “Neski Files”. The team is lead by Pamela Landy (Joan Allen). We see the team watching their man interact with the mole. At the same time we see a shadow of a person setting up some devices in another room and planting a fingerprint on the devices. These devices shut off the power, and the CIA team starts freaking out. Then shots are fired – the mysteyman comes in and shoots the two men in the room and takes some of the files found in the room as well as a large amount of cash. The mysteyman drives off, and we see him get out of a car. He is as Kirill (Karl Urban) and is working for a Russian oil mogul, Gretkov (Karel Roden). Gretkov gives Kirill some of the cash, saying the “rest will be [his] when [he] completes the job”. We are unsure what the job is – just that he has a plane to catch in an hour to go finish this job.
Back in India, Jason is out for a run while Marie looks over some of Jason’s personal notes that he’s using to try to keep track of who he really is. There is a ton of it and it’s clear that Jason really has no actual information other than buzzwords he has gotten, such as “Treadstone” and a few names. After his run while getting some water, Jason sees Kirill arrive in a car to the town. Jason is immediately suspicious and runs off. Kirill starts asking around saying that he is Jason’s friend and that “there has been a death in the family”. Jason picks up Marie saying that they’re blown and just in time as Kirill was right on the beach outside of the cafe where Marie was at. Kirill chases them around town for a while, and then there is some off-roading. They end up on a bridge, with Marie yelling that he doesn’t have to do this – he does have a choice. About that time, Kirill has caught up to them and shoots into the car…. hitting Marie. The car goes off into the river and Jason struggles to get her out. We can see blood but aren’t sure where exactly it is coming from – but it is clearly a fatal shot. Kirill heads back to Russia and informs Gretkov that the job is done – i.e. Bourne is dead. He takes his money and he leaves. He assumed Bourne was dead because he never saw him come back up after the car went into the river. In India, Jason burns all the pictures he has of Marie… except for the one of them together. He then clears the house of everything and leaves. He’s definitely in the “oh no you didn’t mess with my girl” mood. Jason heads to Italy under his OWN passport – so obviously, the “detail immediately” red flag pops up.
Back in Berlin, they pull the fingerprint and can’t identify it. It has CIA restricted access and mentions Project Treadstone. Landy flies back to CIA headquarters in Virginia. She gets the security clearance necessary and starts looking into the Treadstone project. IE reading files on EVERYONE – Nicky, Conklin, Jason, etc. She then sets up a meeting with Abbott (Brian Cox). She informs him that she has a warrant for all information relating to it. She questions him about Conklin and what really happened. She then reveals that last week Jason Bourne killed two of her men – and Abbott is shocked. She explains the case they are working on. 7 years ago, $20 million dollars disappeared. A Russian, Neski, said that it was one of the CIA’s own agents that did it. Unfortunately, before they could meet with him, he was murdered. The case went cold until a few weeks ago which is when the event at the beginning of the movie. Landy has looked into Conklin some and has found that he was sitting on a personal account in Berlin of $750,000. She thinks that Conklin and Jason were into something – and that’s what has caused Jason to appear again and kill these men. About this time the assistant, Danny (Gabriel Mann) comes in and informs them all that Jason’s passport just popped up in Naples – they immediately call up Italy to warn them who they have.
In Italy, an American consulate agent is sent to talk to Jason. He won’t answer any questions, however. He just blankly stares off into space. By the time the agent starts to get annoyed with him – he gets a phone call from the CIA warning him that he is a priority target. As soon as the consulate gets off the phone, Jason knocks him out. He takes the man’s gun and car keys and also copies all the information off the man’s cell phone onto his own. He switches the plate on the car and gets in. About that time Landy calls the agent. Jason listens in on the call on his phone. She reveals that last week he “killed” two agents and is a high priority. Obviously, Jason is shocked. Landy and Abbott both go to Berlin – which is where Landy already has a team set up. Jason starts heading to Berlin.
Right before the team heads to Berlin – Abbott goes and picks up Nicky (Julia Styles) who is being asked about what her role at Treadstone was. She was in charge of coordinating everyone as well as monitoring the agent’s health – including mental. Landy decides to bring Nicky with them since she was Jason’s contact and was with him the night that Conklin died. They land and immediately start reviewing the footage of him at the airport. Someone says that Jason “just made his first mistake”. Nicky points out that – no – he doesn’t make mistakes. Everything he does has an objective/target. Landy asks well whose giving him the targets if we aren’t. Nicky points out that most likely – he, himself, Jason, is.
Jason goes to see Jarda (Marton Csokas), the last remaining Treadstone agent, in Munich. Jason interrogates him asking why they are still after him. Jarda reveals that the program was shut down after Conklin was killed that night in Paris – also something Jason didn’t know. Jarda doesn’t know why they are still after him. The two men fight (because Jarda would be awesome if he caught Bourne – the man the entire agency is on the hunt for), for a long time. I love watching hot men fight each other in suits. Yes please. It just makes it that much more enjoyable. Shirtless would obviously be the best option, but I’ll settle for suits. So anyway – when Jarda came into the house, he had somehow managed to call people – alerting them that someone was in his house. So agents are on their way – and he reveals this to Bourne. Bourne ends up besting Jarda in the fight and leaves him unconscious in the floor. Jason then knocks out a gas line and leaves a magazine in a toaster and runs out the back door right as some agents are coming up to the front door…… you can put two and two together and know that we end up with a big boom. yeahhh.
Jason heads to Berlin and he puts some of his stuff in a locker. There, he also calls every single hotel asking for “Pamela Landy”. He finds the hotel where she is staying and goes there. While there, he does a nice trick of having the hotel call her room on his cell phone (so it rings and she picks it up), while at the same time asking at the desk to call her room (which gets a busy tone so he doesn’t have to talk to her). This allows him to see what room she is staying in, by watching the woman at the desk type in the number. He then watches her leave the hotel and get into a car – so he now knows what she looks like. He also follows her to see where their headquarters are. He sets up shop in a building across the street. He sets up a sniper watching inside. In the building, the CIA team is digging deeper into Jason’s case. Jason then calls Landy, while watching her through a sniper rifle. He asks her about Treadstone and who is running it now. She asks him about Berlin – and he starts having flashbacks. Obviously not about the killing Landy is referring to – but something else. He then asks for a meeting – with someone he knows – such as the girl in Paris. Landy says “what if I can’t find her?” and he says “She’s standing right next to you” – and hangs up. So they know he has been watching. The whole team isn’t sure about what to do – they want to cover Nicky, but not with snipers, etc. etc. There’s a lot of debate about what to do. Landy thinks that Abbott is hiding something from her, but isn’t sure yet what it is. They decide to still have snipers there, just in case something goes wrong. Nicky is in the square with obviously tons of cover. A protest march starts to come in, thus making it hard to keep track of her and all the people. Nicky’s cell phone rings and says to get on the tram coming. She gets on the tram, but none of the protector men make it on. The protestors get in the way making the tram stop. They decide to pull Nicky out – but as the tram stops due to the protestors, the men get on – and Jason pulls Nicky off into the crowd and starts asking her some questions. He wants to know who Pamela Landy is and why she is trying to kill him.
Nicky explains about the deal gone wrong at the beginning of the movie. Jason says there’s no way he did that because he was 4000 miles away watching Marie die. Someone was sent to kill him (Jason) and killed her instead. Everyone in the office, listening to the conversation has confused looks. Jason has been walking Nicky down into the subway now and gets to a point where the office team can no longer hear the conversation. Nicky does reveal that Abbott was Conklin’s boss and actually ran Treadstone. She also tells him about the files – they had information on Conklin and some Russian (So Landy was kind of right maybe with her scandal prediction). Jason then asks about his “first job in Berlin”. Nicky swears he was never in Berlin – ever – his first job was in Geneva – and Jason keeps having flashbacks while interrogating her about it. She clearly has no idea though, so he lets her go and runs off. He goes to an internet cafe and starts googling information about “Neski” because it is a word that keeps coming back to him in his flashbacks. He finds that both Neski and his wife were found murdered at a hotel in Berlin.
In the office, there are more Abbott versus Landy fights. Clearly there is something Abbott is hiding. Abbott leaves with Danny who says he (Danny) “needs to show him (Abbott) something.” Landy watches them leave together. He takes him down to the basement of the building, where the charges were initially set to knock out the lights at the beginning of the movie, and the fingerprint left. Danny notes that there were two charges set up and one didn’t go off – and Jason doesn’t make mistakes. He also points out that Jason wouldn’t even need to do this as it was completely unnecessary for a professional like him. He thinks it’s a set up and that someone is trying to hide something by framing Conklin and Bourne. Abbott asks Danny to “show him again” – and then stabs and kills Danny. Uh. Oh. Shocker, he’s bad.
Jason heads to “Hotel Becker” – the hotel where Neski was killed. He has flashbacks of Conklin telling him about their mission. Inside, he asks to have room 645, where the murder occurred, but it’s unavailable so he takes 644. Up in the hallway he starts having more flashbacks about his mission. He breaks into the room upstairs and starts looking around it. Downstairs, the hotel just received a wanted poster with Jason’s face on it. They call the police who arrive and check it out. The CIA is also alerted and starts heading to the hotel. Jason has flashbacks inside the room of himself waiting in the bathroom while watching the couple – and then murdering them both, while framing the wife for a murder-suicide. We then see Conklin saying “Congratulations, soldier, training is over.” The phone rings in the hotel room as police swarm the hallway the go into room 644 (where they think Jason is). They kick the door open and he’s obviously not there. Jason leaves 645 by climbing up a drainage pipe. The police swarm 645 and again do not find him. Now the CIA has arrived at the hotel. The police outside have spotted Jason who takes off towards a subway station. He manages to get on the train, wait a few seconds, and when he realizes it’s not leaving on time (and thus would get him caught), he instead runs across the tracks, narrowly missing getting hit, and jumps off the bridge onto a passing boat. If it was anyone other than Jason Bourne, I’d say no fucking way. The cops summon the boat over to the side, but then Jason manages to grab onto the top of the bridge as the boat goes under it, and again escape detection. He jumps right back on the train at the top of the bridge (unsure if it’s exactly the same one, but whatever).
Abbott arrives at Hotel Becker – and another agent mentions that Bourne let Nicky go and she’s back at the hotel. Abbott says “where is Danny? He should debrief her…” Seriously, douchebag, you know where he is. Anyway, he also says “hmmm why would he come here?” but has a look on his face that clearly says he knows why Jason went there. He then heads back to his own hotel in a cab. Up in 645, Landy and her team look around wondering why Jason wanted this room particularly. Landy recognizes the room as where Neski was killed. She is clearly connecting the Jason-killed-him dots. At the same time, another agent comes in saying that they found Danny’s body. Landy tells them to call Abbott and tell him to wait in his hotel room for her because she’s “coming to see him.” In Abbott’s hotel room, he calls Gretkov. Abbott says that they’re onto Neski and that they just need to take out Bourne. This will keep the CIA from figuring out that Abbott stole the money – and gave it to Gretkov as seed money for his oil business – of which now they both have profited greatly. Gretkov doesn’t want to work with Abbott anymore – but Abbott keeps pushing that they have Bourne killed. Gretkov just hangs up the phone on him. Abbott puts his face in his hands – and then hears a creak in the background – knowing that Jason is there.
Abbott reveals that files do in fact link him (Abbott) to the Neski murders. But since they all think its Jason – that’s why he decided to have him killed. And it’s all Jason’s fault, really, that Marie is dead – since he shouldn’t have ever entered his life in the first place. Abbott begs Jason to kill him – but he doesn’t. He leaves the gun and reveals he just tape recorded it all. Jason now leaves, heads back to the train station, gets his stuff, and gets on a train. Landy is now at the hotel and goes into Abbott’s room to find him pointing a gun at her. She asks about Danny, and he says he was just “collateral damage.” The Abbott takes the gun that Jason left, turns it on himself, and pulls the trigger. Landy is now seen listening to the tape of the conversation between Jason and Abbott – he left it in a file for her at the front desk. At the same time – the team has a spotting of Bourne on the train cameras – and discover that he has taken a train to Moscow. They call the Russian ministry to alert them.
In Moscow, Kirill meets with Gretkov – who is clearly pissed that Jason Bourne is not dead. So Kirill immediately goes on the Jason Bourne hunt. As we see him get into a car and through some other interactions we find out that Kirill is somehow connected to the Russian police force – as he has a light on his car and the cops call him with info. So he’s kind of important. When Jason gets off the train, he writes down an address, shows it to a taxi man, and leaves. As he leaves a number of police cars enter the train depot. They start showing Jason’s picture around – until they reach a group of taxi men who say he was just here and left in x direction. They call Kirill to inform him. At the same time Jason is seen getting out of the taxi, telling the man to wait. He asks a neighbor about the girl who used to live in xx apartment. The lady says she thinks she moved to another area and gives him the address. Then we see the taxi man receive a phone call – and speeding off. Uh oh, the cops are comin’! Jason heads off and is walking across a bridge when BOOM! He gets shot by Kirill. The police swarm Kirill who is yelling that he is secret service, and when Kirill looks up he sees that Jason is gone. Jason is now wounded and bleeding and heads into a subway tunnel. Kirill heads down it as well, because I guess he has spidey senses or shark senses that let him smell the blood. Jason heads into a store and steals some bandages and some vodka while pulling a gun on the security guard who tries to stop him. Kirill sees the pandemonium and goes in – and witnesses the end of a fight between Jason and some cops outside – and Jason stealing a cab. Kirill pulls some poor girls out of their car and goes off after him. Car chases ensue (a really really long one), that end in a tunnel, with Kirill being hit by Jason’s car. Jason gets out, and pointing a gun at Kirill finds him nearly dead already. He debates finishing him off – but just walks out of the tunnel instead. We then see Gretkov being arrested by the Russian police – and Landy staring off in the background at him, with a “suck it, bitch” look on her face. Gretkov kind of knew it was coming.
Now we flash to a young adult girl walking into her apartment and finding (the very wounded) Jason sitting there. She thinks that he is after money or drugs. He just wants to talk to her. He asks about the picture on the dresser – of her parents and her. She says it’s just a picture. He says it’s so much more. He wants her to know that her mother didn’t kill her father and then kill herself. Jason says that he killed them – and that it was his first job ever. Neski was supposed to be alone – but the wife showed up, so it changed his plan. He’s clearly sorry – especially since he now knows what it feels like when the one you love gets taken from you, and all you want to do is know the truth. He leaves the girl, saying he is sorry. Jason is seen walking out, wounded, and limping, of her apartment across a snowy park.
Sometime later, in NYC, Landy sitting at a nice desk gets a call from Jason saying “I heard you were still looking for me.” She says it was to say sorry. She also gives him some information – his real name, birthday, and where he was born. She then asks him to come in, saying she looks tired – again she looks out the window knowing that he’s been watching her. The movie ends with Jason walking out on a busy NYC street and blending into the crowd.
It’s a good movie, nice amount of action, good characters, but again, just make sure you’ve seen “The Bourne Identity” first, or else you’ll be super confused.