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The Bourne Ultimatum (Widescreen Edition)
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Everything the makers, cast and crew have learned about what makes the Bourne formula tick, and click, is revved to supercharged perfection in this pinnacle of a movie.
More is not always better (Matrix 2?), but with careful attention to detail and a plot that works like a Rolex, Ultimatum's unrelenting pace never feels overblown. Matt Damon's impenetrable oasis of razor focus and quiet, seething menace, now seeming to melt glass, finds a new level of counterpoint in this movie. Damon has become so riveting in this role, it's almost possible to overlook the stellar cast around him, matching step for step in a multi-threaded, multi-tiered, multi-national locomotive of twists and action played out with the orchestration of a Beethoven score.
There's something just plain admirable about a movie franchise which insists on digging deeper, finding something more, when a cruise-control third installment would have sufficed and certainly made bank anyway.
Besides all of the identity intrigue, the action is relentless without being predictable. All the scenes of chase and violence are fresh and invigorating. Flashbacks from Jason's fragmented memory add substance to the fray, and the board room tension at control central, both at the CIA and the UK are formidable. Creeping into his memory at various times, senior CIA figure, Dr. Albert Hirsch (in a welcome sunset role by Albert Finney), gives the mystery proper credence. While I found Greengrass's direction a mastery of timing, drama, and movement, I do have a quibble with the editing. Although an acquired taste, too many scenes are presented as an enhanced blur, both in the thick of the chase and with the flashback sequences. Just as an observation, the revelations presented are satisfying with the resolution of his identity being one of the least compelling.Read more ›
"The Bourne Ultimatum" is an excellent action movie, and a fitting end(?) to the Bourne trilogy. The best of the three and the best threequel of the summer, "Bourne" is nonstop action with a smart story. Matt Damon falls back into Bourne's shoes easily, and the supporting cast is once again top notch. The "Bourne" series has delivered top notch stories and action from the beginning, and it would be a shame if it didn't continue beyond this point. This is one of the best action trilogies ever made. I highly recommend this film.
The Bourne Ultimatum is the third installment of the popular Borne seriesThe Bourne Identity (Widescreen Extended Edition)The Bourne Supremacy (Widescreen Edition) featuring Matt Damon as an amnesiac CIA assassin who is on a quest to discover his true identity. This is the probable end of this trilogy, but who knows, if the public keeps buying it, Hollywood will keep pumping them out.
Highly recommended for fans of Matt Damon, Robert Ludlum on whose novel it is based and the Bourne series of movies.
Gunner March, 2008
On the very basic level, through all three films, Bourne has been on a quest to find himself: who he is, who he was and why he does the things that he does. His memory is limited to a few flashes of memory here and there about his history which leads him in "Ultimatum" to where he began: C.I.A. training HQ.
Director Greengrass directs this film with intelligence and a thoughtfulness this type of film rarely gets: in fact this type of international thriller is non-existent in the New Millennium outside the Bourne series. Antecedents of this series lead you back to the 1960's and 1970's in films like "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" or "Three Days of the Condor." Despite this, Greengrass and his writers and of course the source material: the novels of Robert Ludlum make this all of the now and of the today mostly because they focus on the plight of one man so it is easy for us to identify: aren't we all on a quest to find ourselves our entire lives?
Matt Damon, once thought of as lightweight after films like "Oceans 11" and "Good Will Hunting" has proven the naysayers wrong by playing Jason Bourne from the center of his heart and soul: he is bruised, beat-up, tortured, and whipped not only on the physical level but more importantly on the ethical and cosmic one.Read more ›
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