The Bourne Supremacy Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Bourne Supremacy by John Powell.
At a glance:
45 minutes of score
Geek Score: 90
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 23.63
Album Excellence: 53%
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In 2004, Paul Greengrass took over the helm of the Bourne franchise with the film The Bourne Supremacy. With him were the stars of the first movie Matt Damon and Franka Potente. When Jason Bourne is framed for a CIA operation gone awry, he is forced to resume his former life as a trained assassin to survive. This was the first time director Paul Greengrass and composer John Powell worked together. This review is part of Composer Of The Month. I’d like to think that Greengrass got the best of Powell and vice versa and it’s certainly a more potent score than The Bourne Identity in my mind. The action is better and the theme sounds meatier, heavier than before. In ‘The Drop’ Powell even makes some slight variation to the theme that I think works really well. I’d still want that theme bringing out some more percussion and heaver action material, but this is certainly a step up.
The score deals with sorrow in a great way also with the build-up cue ‘Funeral Pyre’. Sorrow goes quickly to rage and the lust for revenge. You don’t want to piss off Jason Bourne! There’s just more excitement here than in The Bourne Identity. Even the cue ‘Gathering Data’ which judging by the title is as boring as it gets, is quite exciting to listen to. Whenever Powell gets this exciting I am a very happy soundtrack fan. I didn’t used to like this one either, but I have grown to love it over the years.
Greengrass and Powell is a great team. They seem to bring out the best in each other. There’s s rumor (unconfirmed) that Greengrass is making another Bourne movie with Matt Damon. Let’s pray it’s true and that they get Powell on board as well.
2. The Drop
3. Funeral Pyre
6. To The Roof
8. Berlin Foot Chase
11. Bim Bam Smash