Parents' Guide to

The Bourne Supremacy

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Second in trilogy is a smooth but violent thriller.

Movie PG-13 2004 90 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 13+

1 especially concerning scene

I recommend skipping the scene with a poledancer, at 1:20:00.
age 13+

very good bourne

I am a huge Bourne fan and was very pleased with this one. It was a well written sequel (A feat next to impossible to do in this day and age) It was just as good as the first Bourne (P.S. you can buy the entire Bourne trilogy the bourne identity, bourne supremacy, bourne ultimatum for $13 on Amazon) This movie was quite violent but not as much as the next one (Bourne Ultimatum) but that is what the Bourne movies do.

Is It Any Good?

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The Bourne Supremacy is a smooth thriller for grown-ups with lots of chase scenes and action scenes, but the mood is dark, even grim. The dialogue is smart but not smart-alecky. Instead of flashy fights where one dazzling kick to the throat knocks the bad guy out, the battles are messy and breathless and brutal. The chase scenes are like extreme bumper cars. And the primary pleasure is not some big triumph, just the fun of seeing smart people outsmarted.

Allen strides around in long, cool, black Matrix-style coats and Damon is nicely inexorable and relentless. Julia Stiles adds punch as Bourne's former liaison. She explains how the special operatives worked: "They don't make mistakes. They don't do random." When asked who is assigning Bourne's targets, she says, "Scary version? He is." Damon gets to do more action than acting, but delivers a good performance. And the last exchange of dialogue tops it all off nicely.

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