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With Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Karl Urban
Directed by Paul Greengrass

To this day I still haven't read the Robert Ludlum Jason Bourne books, seen the mini-series from the '80s or seen the first Damon starrer The Bourne Identity. One doesn't however need any of that when seeing this sequel. Bourne's memory is still a haze, his identity and past not yet resolved. As a member of a secret government agency, his covert, espionage and tactical skills get put to the test and stretched to its limit when members within the government decide to frame him. Killing his lady also won't help putting him in your good books! From India to Russia, this exciting ride is no rule bender, but a well put together action flick that does succeed in giving it a more gritty edge by using indie director Paul Greengrass. Julia Stiles never fails to irritate me, but the rest of the cast makes up for convincing performances overwhelming her bit part.
The DVD extras are substantial with featurettes including the anatomy of a scene, planning explosions, casting, a look at the Crash Cam, the soundtrack scoring, trailers, a commentary track and DVD-Rom content.

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