Empire Online
P R E S E N T S  T H E

Empire's 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | The follow-ups that achieve greatness in their own right

The 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | Previous Character The 50 Greatest Movie Sequels | Next Character
The Bourne Supremacy
DIRECTED BY PAUL GREENGRASS
RELEASED: 2004

Why's it so good? Bringing in intellectual, politically-motivated British director Paul Greengrass, then most famous for his searing documentary work, to a nascent franchise was a gamble that paid off handsomely. Greengrass brought a sense of urgency and desperate, high-stakes reality to the Bourne franchise, with a frazzled and grieving Bourne on the run for reasons he doesn't entirely understand, but which have pissed him off no end.

The Bourne Supremacy The Bourne Supremacy
How does it stack up to the original? As you might expect from a movie that has the stones to kill off the first movie's love interest (Franka Potente), this is a darker, more intense affair, with the playful tone of the original excised in favour of bone-crunching car chases and a hero set to Po-Faced. It also had the balls to end, not with a bang, but a desperately emotional confession from Bourne to a girl whose parents died by his hand. This movie is directly responsible for the new direction of Bond.

Glaring error: How do the bad guys track Bourne down to India? Why does Gabriel Mann go to a crime scene with Brian Cox and no back-up?


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 25 MONTHS


50494847464544434241403938373635343332313029282726
25242322212019181716151413121110987654321

Advertisement