The second film in the Bourne trilogy begins in Goa (India) where Bourne (Matt Damon) and Marie (Franka Potente) are lying low. After that its mostly Berlin all the way albeit in a variety of guises as the German capital fills in for Naples, Munich, Amsterdam and Moscow.
Berlin makes its first appearance on 6 mins in ‘The Bourne Supremacy‘ by way of the Kantstrasse/Hardenbergstrasse junction next to Zoologischer Garten Station (below) which is where a deal is struck to expose the mole within the CIA but Russian agent Kirill sabotages it as he tries to frame Jason Bourne.
Kirill reports to Yuri (his control) at Motel Avus (below) at 51 Halenseestrasse.
Over the road from that is the ICC at Messedamm and the parking area beneath that doubles up as ‘Moscow’ Airport where they meet each other after 19 mins.
Nearby, at the northern entrance to the Berlin Exhibition Grounds at Messedamm 22 is the ‘Naples’ custom office where Bourne is held on his return to Europe
Next up on 35 mins is ‘Amsterdam’ but of course its Berlin and Walter-Benjamin-Platz in particular where Nicky (Julia Stiles) is found by Ward Abbott.
Bourne arrives in the German capital at Berlin Oestbahnhof (below) on 45 mins and walks past a souvenir shop inside the station.
He then puts his bag into the exact same locker pictured below in exchange for another bag he’d been keeping in there.
Its in this station that he phones a few hotels in the name of tracking down US agent Pamela Landy (Joan Allen). Before he tails her, he crosses the Oberbaumbruecke (below) on 46 mins which featured prominantly in ‘Run Lola Run‘ featuring his co-star Franka Potente as can be seen in ‘Berlin Pt II’.
The Westin Grand (below) is the luxury hotel where Landy is staying.
Bourne cleverly finds out at reception on 46 mins that she is staying in room 235.
He then watches her leave from his position on the 4th floor and then takes the stairs down and goes through the hotels revolving doors where he gets in a taxi and follows her to the CIA hub where he makes a phonecall to her whilst watching from a nearby rooftop.
Alexanderplatz (below) plays host to the next round of events in the movie after 53 mins. Bourne arranges to meet Nicky under the Weltzeituhr (world clock) on Alexanderstrasse amid a student demonstration.
The next location is over in West Berlin at Hotel Brecker (at Kurfurstendamm 288) where Bourne has flashbacks of his disastrous first mission to kill Russian politician Neski in room 645. I knew the hotel didn’t exist but wanted to find the building but, after a long walk, all I found was a pile of rubble as the place had been demolished.
Friedrichstrasse station provides some of the films most exciting scenes on 69 mins (in a movie jam-packed with action) when the police chase Bourne up some steps, over the bridge and on to the platform. Unlike most other films the train doors don’t magically close as soon as he gets on but he does use efficient German timing to his advantage in order to make his escape. He jumps across the track seen below narrowly avoiding an oncoming train and then he hops on over the bridge onto a slow riverboat, hooks himself back on to the brdige and hauls himself up and gets back on the train he’d originally intended to take. Classic!
After this, Bourne takes the train to Moscow on 81 mins. The ‘Moscow’ disco, where Yuri finds Kirill and informs his that Bourne is still alive, is of course in Berlin. It’s the aptly named Cafe Moskau on Karl Marx Allee 34 although we don’t see the front of it in the movie. Instead, the Kino International complex across the road is seen from under the cafe on 81 mins.
The ‘Moscow’ street where Bourne arrives by taxi on 83 mins in search of Neski’s daughter is actually Scharrenstrasse (below) near Spittelmarkt U-Bahn station.
On foot he turns into Friedrichsgracht (below).
He walks under a bridge and is shot by Kirill next to the river below which was frozen over when I was there. Kirill is temporarily arrested before a car chase ensues.
As well as actual Moscow this car chase was also filmed in Berlin with perhaps the most notable part being the final crash at the Potsdamer Platz exit of Tiergarten Tunnel (below) on 93 mins.