Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Joan Allen
Plot: 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.
Jason Bourne never smiles in the movie. (Except in a picture)
Matt Damon accidentally knocked out Tim Griffin who played the CIA interrogator John Nevins during the scene in the consulate when Bourne takes him and a security guard down after being captured.
To give this movie its gritty, documentary-style appearance, director Paul Greengrass used mostly handheld cameras, and a muted color palette. Greengrass also made sure to avoid computer graphics at all costs, and all of the stunts shown in the movie were achieved practically.
Matt [Damon] and Marton [Csokas] verified that the magazine would actually hurt because they'd be hitting each other in the arm before takes and would actually get bruises from it. The martial art Jason Bourne performs is derived from Escrima, an old Philippine martial art, also called Arnis or Kali. This fighting style mainly uses sticks to fight, and in modern times the use of everyday
All the devices that Bourne uses are real and can be purchased by the average citizen.
Producer Frank Marshall selected Paul Greengrass as director after he'd seen Greengrass's Bloody Sunday (2002)
When Bourne visits the assassin Jarda in Germany, it is never made clear how Jason knew where he was or even who he was. There is one section of dialogue exchanged as - Jarda: "Word in the ether was you'd lost your memory." Jason Bourne: "You still should have moved." - giving the only indication of remembrance. According to the script Jarda is actually the Driver in the Berlin Flashbacks Jason is having. Also, deleted dialogue between Jason and Jarda further explain that Jarda had found Bourne and Maria somewhere in Greece, but Bourne got a leg up on Jarda and could have killed him. In the script Jarda asks Bourne "Why didn't you kill me then?" in which Bourne replies "Because she didn't want me to.".
In Berlin, after researching Pam Landy's hotel, Bourne drives past a demonstration against globalization by activist organization ATTAC. The posters on the wall behind the man with the flag on the sidewalk read "Die Welt ist keine Ware", which means "The world is not for sale".
The film was made with no intention of making a third movie after this one; the final scene was also meant to give the Bourne character some closure and properly end the series. When The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) was green-lit, the writers had to write the story around this epilogue.
When Bourne calls Pamela Landy from the rooftop, a voice is heard in her office saying that they "need 90 seconds to triangulate his position". Bourne disconnects the call exactly 88 seconds later.
The film originally ended with the confession to Neski's daughter. Following previews, which found the ending too bleak, the New York postscript scene with Bourne and Landy was shot, just weeks before the film's release in the summer of 2004.
In a draft version of the script, Bourne passes out in Moscow after revealing all to Neski's daughter and wakes up in a hospital in Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Landy tells him his name is "David" and hands him a file with details about Treadstone and his own life. After leaving, a nurse takes food to Bourne but the room is empty. He has disappeared again.
Before Brian Helgeland did his rewrite, Tony Gilroy's initial draft of the screenplay was vastly different. Instead of Kirill shooting her, Marie dies by accident when a bus veers off the road and slams into her. Bourne is outraged and goes berserk on the driver, almost killing him until the police arrest him. A large section of the film is then spent in an Indian prison, where Bourne makes numerous allies and enemies before planning his escape. From then on in, both scripts follow a similar track.
After the Berlin part Bourne leaves for Moscow. Several scenes taking places in the Russian Capitol were still shot in Berlin, which you can see on certain buildings and some traffic signs.
Operation Blackbriar, the focal point of the film, was introduced in The Bourne Identity (2002). Near the end of that film, Abbott is before a U.S. Congressional review board and explains Treadstone was a failure; then he closes a file and discusses Operation Blackbriar.