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PCR # 226  (Vol. 5, No. 30)  This edition is for the week of July 19--25, 2004.

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"The Bourne Supremacy"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith

Three stars

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Universal Pictures     
Starring: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox, Gabriel Mann and Joan Allen
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Rated: PG 13
Running Time: 1 hour 57 mins

There is a great Saturday night routine that feature an actress playing Barbara Walters sitting in bed with two actors portraying Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Barbara says, "Matt, your handsome, your talented, you have a great career ahead of you. And Ben, you're Matt's friend!" Judging by some of Afflecks recent movie choices, Babs may not have been far off. Because Matt Damon is back with a vengeance in the second installment of Robert Ludlum's best selling "Bourne" series, "The Bourne Supremacy."

The story begins 2 years after the events of "The Bourne Identity." Jason Bourne (Damon) is living in India with his girlfriend Marie (Franke Potenta). He is still having trouble remembering his past and is bothered by bits of memories he can't quite get a handle on. Meanwhile, in Berlin, a CIA team headed by deputy director Pamela Landy (Allen) is about to close in on a suspect. Suddenly the lights go out, shots are fired, and Landy finds herself in dutch with her superiors. Back in India, Bourne begins to feel that he's being followed and plans to leave the country, not knowing that at the same time he is being framed for the murders in Berlin and is now the subject of a world wide search by both the CIA and an assassin that wants him dead!

In this age of James Bond and "XXX," it is always surprising when a spy thriller that truly thrills comes along. Jason Bourne doesn't rely on fantastic gadgets to get by. His greatest weapon is his mind, though he can do a number on you with a rolled up magazine if you're not prepared! Damon does an excellent job conveying the many moods of Bourne and it's quite a ride he takes us on when he's in action. The supporting cast is just as good, with Cox and Allen playing off each other perfectly as CIA brass with different agendas. And the locales are beautiful, making the film a great commercial for anyone who ever thought about traveling through Europe. With another novel, "The Bourne Ultimatum," already on the shelves, it shouldn't be long until movie audiences get another dose of Jason Bourne. Until then, enjoy this supreme adventure. On a scale of zero to four stars, I give "The Bourne Supremacy"  Three stars

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