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(2004), PG-13
Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
July 23, 2004
66 out of 100

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If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary likely using a mix of KJV and NIV.

(2004), PG-13 -- ... I may have missed an issue or two ......

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Universal Pictures, Hypnotic, Ludlum Entertainment
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): Paul Greengrass
Producer(s): Patrick Crowley, Matt Jackson, Doug Liman, Frank Marshall, Henning Molfenter, Henry Morrison, Colin J. O'Hara, Paul Sandberg, Andrew R. Tennenbaum
Novel: Robert Ludlum
Screeplay: Tony Gilroy
Cinematography/Camera: Oliver Wood
Music: John Powell
Film Editing: Richard Pearson, Christopher Rouse
Casting: John Hubbard, Joseph Middleton
Production Design: Dominic Watkins
Art Direction: Philip Elton, Gary Freeman, Sarah Horton, Sebastian T. Krawinkel, Aradhana Seth
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Please understand that I may have missed a few things while viewing this film. Just hours before viewing the film four things happened that made concentration most difficult. First, at 9:00 AM that morning was the adoption judge approved our adoption of Melody Caitlyn. Second was only three hours sleep the night before. The third and fourth were bad financial news ... from two separate fronts. So, I may have missed an issue or two of assault on morality and decency in this film. Even if I did, if you have not seen the film this report is still useful. You will know more about the content of the film. Besides, if any missed points were incorporated the scoring would be lower and the listing of issues of ignominy would be longer.

This is not a "Bourne again" film or a "re-Bourne film." It is a "Bourne all over again" film. More of the same as in The Bourne Identity of 2002 but at different locations with different faces. More espionage and more government corruption. And more killing.

Still amnesiac Jason "James Bond" Bourne (Matt Damon), a member of a CIA decommissioned assassin squad, is accused of killing someone he was not supposed to kill. Bourne now fights in the reactionary mode to save his own life while explosions of memory pieces invade his attitude as well as abilities. Not all the pieces of memory that return are welcome.

In more action than acting, from the sizzling beaches of India to the snow-covered streets of Moscow, Bourne treks to find those responsible for his trouble and even the score. The story opened with Bourne cohabitating [Hebr. 13:4] with his girlfriend from The Bourne Identity, Marie (Franka Potente) when their laid-back existence was riled by a would-be assassin, Kirill (Karl Urban). Kirill was trying to kill Bourne but instead killed Marie. Bourne had been framed for killing a CIA agent in Berlin to cover up the theft of $20 million CIA seed money by agents within the CIA. From that point, Bourne launched every fiber of training and experience he had to get revenge. [Rom. 12:19, Luke 6:29]

Several notables are involved in the mission to get Bourne. Pamela Landy (Joan Allen), Bourne's old boss, is queen bee of the team assembled to kill Bourne. Aiding in the search was expert spy, Ward Abbott (Brian Cox) who is a key factor in the frame=up and theft of CIA money if you decide to watch this thriller. Julia Stiles appears for a while as Nicki, a psychological counselor to applied emotional band-aides to the mental battle scars of the earlier assassin squad. Nicki supplied some character details about Bourne no one else would know.

As with other original-sequel pairs of films we try to provide you with a comparative of the sequel to the original to help you decide whether the sequel is morally watchable just in case you have seen the original. Following is the comparative data display for the Bourne pair.

By the comparative scoring display above, The Bourne Supremacy is as severe as The Bourne Identity in violence/crime [Ps. 7:16, Prov. 3:31-32, Prov. 10:23] but is not as severe as it in any of the other five CAP investigation areas. In fact, The Bourne Supremacy was a little more violent than The Bourne Identity as noted by comparing the Examples per Hour figures in Wanton Violence/Crime for each film. The Examples per Hour figures become useful especially in such cases as original-sequel pairs when both of the films earn a zero score in one or more of the investigation areas. Though there were more examples of violence in The Bourne Supremacy, the film was a little less dense in total assaults on morality and decency than The Bourne Identity as shown by the difference between the CAP ID scores for each film.

The final score of 66 of The Bourne Supremacy clearly indicates a film of lesser total severity than The Bourne Identity but still severe enough to warrant your close inspection of the listing in the Findings/Scoring section of this report before making your own informed decision whether it is fit for your family. The score of 66 places The Bourne Supremacy squarely at the top of the scoring range earned by PG-13 movies (55 to 67 out of 100) in the comparative baseline database.

The only noted issues of sexual immorality were cohabitation and dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure (which was not nearly as revealing as the "S&M" outfit in Catwoman). [Col. 2:20 - 23] And there was only one instance of drinking alcoholic beverages and no instances found of smoking tobacco or drugs. There was one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and one without [Deut. 5:11] and one use of the most foul of the foul words and only six uses of other examples of the three/four letter word vocabulary. [Col. 3:8] And that is a foul language distribution most atypical of the trend of PG-13 movies. [Ps. 12:8 (See our R-13,htm)] The listing in the Findings/Scoring section will provide all that was noted.


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  • Hebr. 13:4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure [which includes before marriage], for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
  • Rom. 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
  • Luke 6:29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also. [In other words, do not provoke your attacker into doing further harm and do not seek to get even. Protect yourself indeed as He advised His disciples by instructing them to buy swords, but do not seek to get even.]
  • Ps. 7:16 The trouble he [the violent one, the one who loves violence] causes recoils on himself; his violence comes down on his own head.
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence.
  • Prov. 10:23 A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.
  • Col. 2:20 - 23 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world [honor Him in your Salvation], why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: [for example...] "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. [In other words, if you have accepted Christ as your Lord and resurrected Savior, why do you still think it is okay to perform sexual behaviors outside of a heterosexual marriage and tease with your body through exhibitionism because the world ("everybody else") does so and indeed encourages and emboldens such values but your Savior's Word says it is not okay?]
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences and present it to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it. I call attention to Ps. 12:8 to warn of the creeping desensitizing power of "entertainment."]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 (KJV) Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. (NIV) Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.
  • Rom. 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
  • Jude 4 For certain men* whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change [warp, distort, falsely represent, situationally redefine, counterfeit, conditionally apply] the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. [cause by teaching or example]
  • Ps. 119:133 Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    The Bourne Supremacy (2004) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • flash images and sounds of terror
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • criminal operations, repeatedly
  • reckless endangerment, repeatedly
  • firearms to control, repeatedly
  • attempted gunfire murder, repeatedly
  • assault, repeatedly
  • fighting, repeatedly
  • self-defense strangulation
  • arson to cover-up resulting in two deaths
  • planning a killing
  • firearm threats, repeatedly, once with gun to head
  • orders to kill
  • intimidation with threats
  • double gunfire killing

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 6 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • seeking revenge throughout

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • cohabitation for sex
  • dressing to maximize the female form and/or skin exposure

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking

    Offense to God (O)
  • one use of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive and one without

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • gunfire murder, repeatedly
  • murder by knife
  • suicide by gunfire


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