The beginning of the movie is great. It begins with refreshing the audience's memory as to the fact that he'd hiding out and who he's hiding out with. He's having trouble sleeping because of the things that he remembers from when he was an assassin, and his love interest encourages him to write it down. This opening scene is great for establishing the relationship between these two, and developing the sentimental part of the story before delving into the action later on. Many mindless, testosterone-drenched, dry action movies start with a gratuitous action scene where in the end nothing is accomplished, no one is dead or injured, and the plot is in no better shape than it was before. However in this movie, it never substitutes shine for substance.
The acting done by Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, Brian Cox, and Joan Allen is impeccable. The movie is very suspenseful and action-packed with scenes that have great purpose, and are pulled off with poise and élan... with the exception of one scene where Bourne goes to visit a fellow former assassin to try to obtain information about why he's being chased, and during their fight sequence, the camera is shaken around Blair Witch style to try to heighten the effect of the scene.
Matt Damon (one of my all-time favorite actors--The Talented Mr. Ripley should really show his friend Ben how a good action movie is SUPPOSED to be made. Paycheck made me want to slit my wrists. I agree with Richard Roeper in that The Bourne Supremacy is one of the best thrillers in recent years, and I recommend this movie to anyone and everyone who loves good acting, good writing, good directing (minus some shaky cameras), and in general, a good suspenseful, engaging film.
Edited: Tan The Man