The Bourne Ultimatum
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Product Description: This is a UMD for the PSP. This is not a DVD! The often breathtaking, final installment in the Bourne trilogy finds the titular assassin with no memory closing in on his past, finally answering his own questions about his real identity and how he came to be a seemingly unstoppable killing machine. Matt Damon returns for another intensely physical performance as Jason Bourne, the rogue operative at war with the CIA, which made him who and what he is and managed to kill his girlfriend in the series' second film, The Bourne Supremacy. Now looking for payback, Bourne goes in search for the renegade chief of CIA operations in Europe and North Africa, partnering for a time with a mysterious woman from his past (Julia Stiles) and constantly--constantly--on the run from assassins, intelligence foot soldiers, and cops. Directed by Paul Greengrass (United 93) with the director s thrilling, trademark textures and shaky, documentary style, The Bourne Ultimatum is largely a succession of action scenes that reveal a lot about the story s characters while they re under duress. Joan Allen, Albert Finney, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, and Paddy Considine comprise the film s terrific supporting cast, and the well-traveled movie leads viewers through Turin, Madrid, Tangiers, Paris, London, and New York. Overall, this is a satisfying conclusion to Bourne s exciting and protracted mystery.
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Matt Damon is simply superb in his by-now glove fit as conflicted and amnesiac CIA assassin Jason Bourne, relentlessly on the move and endlessly innovative. Julia Stiles returns as CIA logistician Nicki Parsons, and Joan Allen does another turn as Pam Landy, a hard-nosed agency staffer with a surprising amount of sympathy for the killing machine her organization loosed on the world.
The action picks up right where the Bourne Supremacy left off, with a injured Bourne evading police in Moscow. He breaks into a clinic to treat his wound; the pain and stress trigger a flashback of his indoctrination as an agent. The story fast-forwards to a British journalist in Italy and London seeking information about a covert operation code-named BLACKFRIAR. The journalist draws the attention of both the CIA and Jason Bourne; the CIA to seal a potential leak and Bourne to seek clues to his identity. Bourne will reach the journalist first but lose him to BLACKFRIAR itself, a no-holds barred counter-terrorism operation run well outside existing intelligence law by a posturing and cynical Deputy Director played by David Straitharn.
With few new elements to introduce, Director Paul Greengrass wisely keeps the action moving at a breathless pace, much faster than the viewer can note or worry over plot holes. Bourne relentlessly follows an unbroken string of clues through a small army of CIA operatives and a couple of Bourne-like skilled killers back to his point of origin. Along the way, he will form surprising alliances with several CIA personnel uncomfortable with the extra-judicial killing of BLACKFRIARS. We glimpse Bourne's long-suppressed humanity in his interaction with a sympathetic Nicki Parsons and with one of his own clones. The ending nicely wraps the storyline of the current movie, but leaves the door open for sequels.
This movie is highly recommended as exciting entertainment, loosely based on the Robert Ludlum book of the same name.