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The Bourne Supremacy
(2004)
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Composed, Programmed, Arranged, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony
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Varèse Sarabande
(July 27th, 2004)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you seek a more focused and sophisticated version of John Powell's music for The Bourne Identity, with fewer erratic and obnoxious synthetic sequences distracting from the narrative flow.

Avoid it... if you appreciate the raw, slashing action tone of the preceding score in the franchise and find the hints of warmer character development in the sequel's music to distract from the mood that you seek from Powell's otherwise harsh ostinato motifs.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #144
WRITTEN 8/27/04, REVISED 9/21/11
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The Bourne Supremacy: (John Powell) The film adaptation of the Jason Bourne road to self-discovery does well in what it intends to do: show one ingenious character avoid death countless times in situations that defy every reasonable boundary of logic. Bourne does this in many of the similarly technically gifted ways as James Bond, and with the success of both The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy in the mainstream, the continuation of the franchise was ensured for at least one more picture. While the plotlines of the Jason Bourne films are, once again like the Bond films, ridiculous in their relentless attempts to produce convincing assassination scenarios, The Bourne Supremacy in particular played its hand quite well with critics and audiences. Viewers may still not have known the truth about the title character or why everyone in the known universe is trying to kill him, but he is at least consistently presented to the audience with enough precision by actor Matt Damon to elevate the film to the higher qualitative regions of its own genre. Along with much of the crew and cast, composer John Powell was re-hired to continue his services for the franchise, and he was likely asked to extend the general action and suspense material from the first film into the second. Despite the 2002 movie's success, Powell's score for The Bourne Identity alone did not break much new musical ground, often degenerating into mindless noise when accompanying one of the film's many action sequences. Much of the score's content seems like leftover scraps and samples that had fallen under the table at a Media Venture feast in the early 2000's, featuring little intriguing material to identify with the character's emotional plight. A distinct lack of style (as demanded by the concept's origins) was perhaps the most awkward aspect of the score's inability to generate genuine interest. Fortunately, The Bourne Supremacy offered up a second chance for Powell to further develop his music for the character in 2004, and he did so with a few impressive revisions. Interestingly, both the character development and concentration on suspense have largely overtaken the brash, keyboard-rendered action hits (despite some reversion to obnoxious slashing for a few sequences here), and it's much easier to follow Powell's overarching thought process as the score for The Bourne Supremacy progresses. On top of that, you begin to hear the seeds of resolution in the few moments of the sequel score that expand upon the character's developing theme of peace and reflection.

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It's not that bad!
Richard Kleiner - November 27, 2010, at 11:04 a.m.
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Help Me Somebody!   Expand >>
nobodynone - August 30, 2007, at 3:51 p.m.
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Newest: August 30, 2007, at 4:10 p.m.by nobodynone
Another missing song?
Carl - July 16, 2006, at 3:21 p.m.
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Bourne Supremacy: Classical Piano Piece Playing in the Hotel   Expand >>
Daamon - January 26, 2006, at 6:39 p.m.
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Newest: May 24, 2013, at 3:37 p.m.by jason bourne
supremacy
mr bond - January 24, 2006, at 8:41 p.m.
1 comment  (2006 views)
The Last Song of the Movie Is.....
Ashleigh - November 1, 2005, at 6:29 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 48:28
• 1. Goa (2:59)
• 2. The Drop (3:42)
• 3. Funeral Pyre (2:21)
• 4. Gathering Data (1:54)
• 5. Nach Deutschland (2:40)
• 6. To the Roof (5:32)
• 7. New Memories (2:48)
• 8. Berlin Foot Chase (5:16)
• 9. Alexander Platz/Abbotts Confesses (3:35)
• 10. Moscow Wind Up (6:55)
• 11. Bim Bam Smash (5:09)
• 12. Atonement (1:32)
• 13. Extreme Ways - performed by Moby (3:56)

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