In my earlier review of The Bourne Identity, I stated that The Bourne Supremacy had a lot to live up to due to the prior film's excellence.
I'm here to tell you that it didn't disappoint.
Except for a new director, it's pretty much the same team at work here as in the first film, and there's a sense of that here... like everyone has gotten to know the characters and this world, and it's all become second nature to them.
Bourne Supremacy picks up two years after the events of the first film, with Jason Bourne and Marie (his partner from the first film) living in India, still apparently under the radar and still in love, but Jason is plagued by nightmares. These dreams give him brief glimpses of his past, but nothing really tangible. He still does not know anything about his life prior to the events of Bourne Identity.
As you can expect, they are "made" within minutes of the beginning of the movie, and things progress from there. After a brief action sequence, things slow down a bit, and this time in addition to viewing things from Bourne's point of view as he tries to piece together his fragmented memories, we also see things from the CIA's point of view... trying to figure out what his next move will be.
Don't worry though, this is not a snoozer... the pace soon picks up once again. It's just that the film gives you time to catch your breath between high-energy scenes, instead of bombarding you relentlessly to the point of numbness to the whole thing. Of course if you're reading this and you're under 25, I realize that your enjoyment of a film is directly proportional to the number of mind-numbing action sequences that can be consecutively strung together.