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The Bourne Supremacy (film)

The Bourne Supremacy
Directed by Paul Greengrass
Produced by
Screenplay by Tony Gilroy
Based on The Bourne Supremacy 
by Robert Ludlum
Music by John Powell
Cinematography Oliver Wood
Edited by
Distributed by Universal Studios
Release dates
  • July 23, 2004 (2004-07-23)
Running time
108 minutes
Country Germany
United States[1]
Language English
Budget $75 million[2]
Box office $288.5 million[2]

The Bourne Supremacy is a 2004 American-German action spy thriller film starring Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne character. Though it takes the name of the second Bourne novel, its plot is entirely different. The film was directed by Paul Greengrass from a screenplay by Tony Gilroy. Universal Pictures released the film to theaters in the United States on July 23, 2004. It is the second in the Bourne film series. It is preceded by The Bourne Identity (2002) and followed by The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and The Bourne Legacy (2012).

The Bourne Supremacy continues the story of Jason Bourne, a former CIA assassin suffering from psychogenic amnesia.[3] Bourne is portrayed by Matt Damon. The film focuses on his attempt to learn more of his past as he is once more enveloped in a conspiracy involving the CIA and Operation Treadstone. The film also stars Brian Cox as Ward Abbott, Joan Allen as Pamela Landy and Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons.


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Production 3
  • Reception 4
    • Accolades 4.1
  • Soundtrack 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Two years after the events of the first film, Jason Bourne and Marie Kreutz are now in Goa, India. Still experiencing flashbacks about his former life as a CIA assassin, he records them in a notebook.

In Berlin, CIA agents subordinate to Deputy Director Pamela Landy are paying US$3 million for the "Neski files", documents on the theft of $20 million in allocation money seven years prior. Kirill, an agent for Russia's Federal Security Service, plants Bourne's fingerprint to frame him, kills the agents, and steals the files and money for delivery to Russian oil oligarch Yuri Gretkov. Kirill travels to Goa to kill Bourne, but Bourne spots him and flees with Marie. As the couple drive away, Kirill attempts to shoot Bourne, but kills Marie by mistake. Their vehicle goes off a bridge and into a river; Kirill assumes that Bourne is dead.

Bourne survives and leaves for Naples, Italy, with money and passports. After finding the fingerprint Kirill planted, Landy learns that it belongs to Bourne and subsequently asks Deputy Director Ward Abbott about Operation Treadstone, the defunct CIA program to which Bourne belonged. Landy tells Abbott that the CIA agent who stole the $20 million was named in the Neski files. Some years previously, Russian politician Vladimir Neski was about to identify the thief when he was supposedly murdered by his wife in a Berlin hotel. Landy believes that Bourne and Treadstone's late supervisor, Alexander Conklin, were somehow involved. She also believes that Bourne killed her two agents. Both Abbott and Landy go to Berlin to capture Bourne.

In Naples, Bourne allows himself to be identified by security. He subdues his CIA interrogator, copies the SIM card from his cell phone, and learns from a subsequent phone call about Landy and what she thinks Bourne did. Bourne goes to Munich to visit the only other remaining Treadstone operative, Jarda, who informs Bourne that Treadstone was shut down after Conklin's death. Jarda tries to incapacitate Bourne before an incoming CIA team arrives, but Bourne kills him, blows up his house, and escapes. Bourne follows Landy and Abbott as they meet former Treadstone support technician Nicky Parsons to question her about her past experience with him. Believing that the CIA is hunting him again, Bourne calls Landy from a nearby roof and is told that he is being pursued because he killed two people in Berlin. He demands a meet-up with Nicky and indicates to Landy that he can see her in the office, shocking the entire CIA team.

Bourne kidnaps Nicky at the Alexanderplatz, and learns from her that Abbott was the head of Treadstone, not Conklin. He remembers that he murdered Neski in Berlin, but Nicky knows nothing about it, so he lets her go. Bourne then visits the hotel where the killing took place and remembers more of his mission—he killed Neski on Conklin's orders, and when Neski's wife showed up, he shot her to make it look like a murder–suicide. Abbott kills Danny Zorn (Conklin's assistant) when he suspects a conspiracy against Bourne; he (Bourne) breaks into Abbott's hotel room and records a conversation between him and Gretkov that incriminates them in the theft of the money. Abbott confesses to ordering the assassination in Goa, Neski's murder by Bourne, and the murder of the agents by Kirill, for which Bourne was to be framed. When Landy suspects Bourne's innocence and confronts Abbott, he commits suicide by shooting himself in the head. Bourne sends the tape of the confession to Landy, vindicating himself.

Bourne goes to Moscow to find Irena Neski, the daughter of Vladimir Neski. Kirill, tasked once again by Gretkov with killing Bourne, finds him and shoots him in the shoulder from a distance. Bourne steals a taxi and Kirill chases him. A long high-speed chase also involving many police cars ends after Bourne forces Kirill's vehicle into a concrete divider. After finding that Kirill is mortally wounded, he lowers his gun and walks away. Bourne locates Irena Neski and confesses to murdering her parents. Gretkov is arrested.

Some time later, in New York City, Landy receives a phone call from Bourne; she expresses her thanks for the tape of Abbott's confession before telling Bourne that his real name is David Webb and he was born 4/15/71 in Nixa, Missouri. Bourne then says "Get some rest Pam, you look tired", indicating once again that he can see her, before hanging up and fading into a New York crowd.



There were no plans to make a sequel to The Bourne Identity (2002) when it was conceived. Matt Damon commented, "When The Bourne Identity came out I said, 'There is very little chance we will do a second film, just because nobody on the team who made the first wants to make another movie if it can't be as good as, or better than, the first one.'" According to producer Frank Marshall, the plot point of Marie's kidnapping to force Bourne back into his assassin persona in the novel The Bourne Supremacy and Bourne's threat to come after the CIA if they came after him again in the previous film, were the inspiration for the plot. Marshall said that screenwriter Tony Gilroy thought of an idea that Bourne "would go on what amounts to the samurai's journey, this journey of atonement." Producer Paul L. Sandberg felt that Gilroy's "veering away from the plot of the book" was necessary "because so much of the world has changed since the book's publication." The producers replaced director Doug Liman. This was mainly due to the difficulties Liman had with the studio when making the first film, and their unwillingness to work with him again. British director Paul Greengrass was selected to direct the film after the producers saw Bloody Sunday (2002), Greengrass' depiction of the Bloody Sunday shootings in Northern Ireland, at Gilroy's suggestion. Producer Patrick Crowley liked Greengrass' "sense of the camera as participatory viewer", a visual style Crowley thought would work well for The Bourne Supremacy.[4] The film was shot in reverse order of its settings: some portions of the car chase and the film's ending were shot in Moscow, then most of the rest of the film was shot in and around Berlin, and the opening scenes in Goa were filmed last.[5][6]

According to a June 2008 article from The Guardian, "Two weeks before [the film's] release, [Greengrass] got together with its star, Matt Damon, came up with a new ending and phoned the producers saying the new idea was way better. And it would cost $200,000 and involve pulling Damon from the set of Ocean's 12 for a re-shoot. Reluctantly the producers agreed—the movie tested 10 points higher with the new ending".[7]


The Bourne Supremacy grossed $288,500,217.[2]

The film received positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 81% based on reviews from 189 critics, with an average score of 7.2/10. The site's consensus reads "A well-made sequel that delivers the thrills."[8] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 based on individual reviews, the film achieved an average of 73 based on 39 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.[9]


At the 2005 Taurus World Stunt Awards, veteran Russian stunt coordinator Viktor Ivanov and Scottish stunt driver Gillie McKenzie won the "Best Vehicle" award for their driving in the Moscow car chase scene. Dan Bradley, the film's second unit director won the overall award for stunt coordinator.[10] The film ranks 454th on Empire magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.[11]

Year Organization Award Category/Recipient Result
2005 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards ASCAP Award Top Box Office Films: John Powell Won[12]
2005 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Saturn Award Best Actor — Matt Damon Nominated[12]
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Critics Choice Award Best Film – Popular Nominated[12]
2005 Cinema Audio Society Awards C.A.S. Award Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures Nominated[12]
2005 Edgar Allan Poe Awards Edgar Best Motion Picture Screenplay Nominated[12]
2005 Empire Awards, UK Empire Award Best Actor – Matt Damon and Best Film Won[12]
2005 Empire Awards, UK Empire Award Best British Director of the Year — Paul Greengrass Nominated[12]
2005 London Critics Circle Film Awards ALFS Award Best British Director — Paul Greengrass and Scene of the Year – The Moscow Car Chase Sequence Nominated[12]
2005 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Award Best Action Sequence – The Moscow Car Chase Sequence and Best Male Performance – Matt Damon Nominated[12]
2005 Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA Golden Reel Award Best Sound Editing in Domestic Features – Dialogue & ADR and Best Sound Editing in Domestic Features – Sound Effects & Foley Nominated[12]
2005 People's Choice Awards, USA People's Choice Award Favorite Movie Drama Nominated[12]
2005 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor – Action/Adventure Thriller – Matt Damon and Choice Movie – Action/Adventure Nominated[12]
2005 USC Scripter Award USC Scripter Award Tony Gilroy (Screenwriter) and Robert Ludlum (Author) Nominated[12]
2005 World Soundtrack Award World Soundtrack Award Best Original Soundtrack of the Year — John Powell and Soundtrack Composer of the Year — John Powell Nominated[12]
2005 World Stunt Awards Taurus Award Best Stunt Coordinator and/or 2nd Unit Director and Best Work with a Vehicle Won[12]
2005 World Stunt Awards Taurus Award Best Fight – Darrin Prescott and Chris O'Hara Nominated[12]


See also


  1. ^ "The Bourne Supremacy".  
  2. ^ a b c "The Bourne Supremacy (2004)".  
  3. ^ Bennett, Bruce (2008-05-28). "Jason Bourne Takes His Case to MoMA". Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  4. ^ "Picking Up the Thread". Production notes. The Bourne Supremacy (2004). Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  5. ^ "Setting Bourne's World". Production notes. The Bourne Supremacy (2004). Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  6. ^ "'The Bourne Supremacy' Production Notes". Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  7. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (June 8, 2008). "A whirlwind in action". The Guardian. Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  8. ^
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  10. ^ "2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards". Retrieved 2011-11-09.
  11. ^ "Empire Features". Retrieved 2010-08-24.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "The Bourne Supremacy (2004) – Awards".  

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