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The Bourne Ultimatum

Review: Bourne Ultimatum
Directed by: Paul Greengrass. Starring: Matt Damon, David Strathairn, Joan Allen.

Yes in many ways it is predictable. It is what we’ve sadly come to expect from spy dramas of the new millennium -various ‘secret’ government departments have split second access to every bank account in every country; access to immediate CCTV footage of every person at every instant; the ability to track your dog around the world by the sound of his bark if they so wished. Various questionable things occur in order to enable the plot to develop. The crooked CIA guy who has the forethought to cut it and run when he sees his contact murdered conveniently forgets not to use his own name when checking into the hotel, for instance.

Okay, so these things come with the territory and without which, it seems to Hollywood writers, the plot would be unable to hold an audience’s attention. But who goes to the cinema to see real life anyway. Right?

Let me move on to what I positively love about Jason Bourne. He is not just an American re-hash of James Bond, resplendent with gadgets, suave conversation and topless women hanging from every crevice. He fights with his fists and is as straight-talking and minimalist when it comes to conversation as they get. The ubiquitous needs of the modern filmmaker to substantiate his/her position in the food chain by making blood look more like blood and pens do cartwheels is thankfully curbed. Altogether he is just more of a normal guy who just won’t die.

It’s a rare spy flick without the complimentary chic without her kit. Well there is Julia Styles, of course, but she isn’t much of a love interest (no matter how hard she tries) to a Jason Bourne with other things on his mind- namely finding out who made him into a psycho killer with no morals, guilt or mind of his own(until now).

In this third outing for Bourne we follow him through London, Morocco, Europe and back to the United States in this truly global eye fest of events and action, as he hunts down those responsible for turning him into armed and dangerous hired help. He finds himself face to face with his own choices- choices that have led him into a nightmare world. It’s a human story- the drive to find out who are we, how we got to this point in our lives and if we even like ourselves for it, and more importantly- will we able to forgive ourselves long enough to change it?

It is packed with great fight sequences, some amazing car chases, gratuitous violence- but not nauseatingly so, and adrenalin. There is no let down here. And to top it off I came out of the cinema actually thinking about my life. A spy flick with a moral-it just gets better and better.

Did I say I liked it? Did I think it was brilliant? I meant extraordinary. See it!

2 thoughts on “The Bourne Ultimatum”

  1. A nice wrap up to the questions you forgot to ask during the first two. I assumed it was over with the supremacy, but now that I think of it, “How did Jason Bourne get into this line of business in the first place?” is a great question to ask at the end of the second movie.

    Picking up where it left off in The Bourne Supremacy, Ultimatum instantly sends you traveling back in time to the days of 2005 where there is no amount of damage a man can do to his surroundings that would be considered “too much”. Car chases, people dying left and right, explosions, bullets and teeth flying, and the classic deadly finishing move performed with the most ruthless weapon laying somewhere nearby.

    I love action as much as the next guy, but sometimes in the movie, I think to myself “How on earth did he survive a head on crash with a wall at 70 km/h?” Even if I braced and prepared for it, I don’t think I would hop out and just walk away from that.

    Also an enemy of the second Bourne movie, Landry, returns as a heroine on the inside of the system. She is more like an accomplice, because once she figures out that the side to be on is Bourne’s, she’s able to weasel her way to help him.

    Reprising her role as “Nikki”, Julia Stiles character is just getting old. When will she be promoted to desk job? the 4th time she almost dies?

    The Bourne Ultimatum is okay if you want to go much further in depth than you wanted to be about Jason’s (Damon) past. It isn’t necessary to see, but is nonetheless a very action packed movie with a very “in your face” attitude.

    I give it a B-

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