Sets are an interesting part of this film, which begins on a beach in India (Goa, on the southwestern coast) and ends on the snowy streets of Moscow, by way of Berlin. The Moscow scenes were filmed in East Berlin, which resembles that Russian city due to its many years under communist leadership. Special experts were brought in for the many stunts that include a car barreling though the side of a bridge and plunging into murky water and a violent crash inside a tunnel. Damon, who did most of his own stunts, trained with a S.W.A.T. expert and had to learn to handle a barrage of weapons including a .38 Special, a 9mm Beretta and .308 rifle.

The pay-off is a suspense-filled, heart-pounding drama that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The action is far more realistic than the first Bourne, which was good, but which included cartoon-like "swish-swish" sounds every time Bourne fought someone, and which reminded me of the fake "click" my digital camera makes. There are also noticeably less obscenities and profanities in this sequel, and no sex scenes. Quick-cut editing and documentary-like cinematography, like the shaky hand-held shots used in Bloody Sunday, keep the film edgy and interesting.

All in all, a good film for adults who enjoy thrillers and who can handle the violence.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol Content:  Several characters drink alcohol; brief smoking.
  • Language/Profanity:  A half-dozen mild obscenities and several profanities.
  • Sexual Content/Nudity:  Unmarried man and woman live and sleep together (fully clothed).
  • Violence:  Very graphic violence that includes guns and shooting; blood and serious injuries; car chases; property destruction; violent car crash; car plunges into lake, trapping people; woman drowns; fighting; hitting; stabbing; strangling; people shot at point-blank range; snipers poised to kill; government employees instructed to kill; government leaders kill; man commits suicide with gun.